Urban Sports and Extreme Sports

25Many youngsters and teenagers living in urban cities seek thrill and excitement by engaging in different types of sports. These sports usually require minimum gear, and can take place in almost any venue. Since they are commonly seen in cities, these sports activities are given the name “urban sports”.

But don’t confuse urban sports with extreme sports. City activities are often safe, when caution is exercised. Extreme sports are much more dangerous exercises. They involve public displays of dangerous stunts. The whole idea of extreme activities is to push the human limit. Of course, in exchange for all the thrill and excitement, a certain amount of risk is necessary.

If you are interested in taking up a sport, take a look at the urban activities in your area. It could be street soccer, skateboarding, stunt biking, or even basketball. As long as the sport takes place in the city, it’s considered an urban sport. If you observe closely, you will quickly realize that there are some similarities between these activities.

First and foremost, you will need the right gear and equipment to get started. These items are usually readily available in major sports retail shops. Sports like ball games don’t require you to own much equipment. All you need is a good pair of street shoes and some sports clothing and you are ready to go.

Be sure to dress comfortably for the activity that you have chosen to participate in. Most urban games require lateral movement, which means that a pair of jogging shoes may not be the best fit. Major brands like Nike and Adidas now have street shoes that can be worn for casual outings or for street sports.

There are many benefits that are associated with an urban sport activity. You don’t usually need to travel to far out places just to participate in the sport. Just hang around with some friends in the neighborhood and have a good time. A sport provides a form of regular exercise, which can help improve your overall health and fitness.

As you feel yourself growing stronger and getting better at a sport, you may wish to consider moving the bar up a little and participate in some extreme sports. Here, protective gear becomes much more important. Never attempt any stunts without the proper protective gear such as helmets, gloves, knee guards, etc.

The more commonly seen activities include mountain biking, roller blading, stunt biking, and many others. There is no fixed definition for extreme sports. New games are being invented by young people every day. They seek to new challenges, and as long as the activity provides an adrenalin rush, they will try it.

A word of caution though – never attempt any extreme activity without proper guidance and training. Most sports require a certain amount of training before you are able to master the tricks. Start from the basics if you are new, and seek advice from those who had done what you are about to do now.