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    Backyard fitness fun

    Enjoy these summer activities that don’t require much equipment
    Delaney Connell
    Badminton is a backyard sport that doesn’t require much equipment, being a viable option to many people.

    Staying physically active during summer can be daunting, requiring planning, exertion and even equipment and facilities. Multiple activity options are available to do without much equipment and for people seeking any level of physical exertion.

    Level 1: Plogging

    Plogging, a recent invention developed in Sweden, involves jogging while picking up trash in organized and solo events. Millions of people worldwide have taken to plogging. It helps the environment while serving as a form of cardio.

    The internet holds multiple resources, such as and various online tutorials. Plogging also requires minimal equipment — only running shoes and some method to pick up trash — and can be done essentially anywhere.

    Level 2: Roller Skating and Inline Skating

    Roller skating is an easy way to engage outdoors because it can be done on most flat hard surfaces. Roller skates and inline skates are available for purchase at stores like Target or Dick’s Sporting Goods, as well as online. YouTube hosts multiple tutorials available for learning tricks, starting out and improving skating skills.

    Roller skating has many health benefits. According to Nike, it can be good for your heart, strengthen your muscles, improve your mood and build lower body strength. 

    Level 3: Badminton

    For racket sports players, badminton is an option for a backyard sport. It’s a competitive sport, and casual players can take it to the next level and compete. Badminton nets and rackets can be found online at sites such as Amazon and Home Depot or the sporting goods section of most stores.

    Sophomore Ling Xie has played badminton for three years and suggests it as a fun new  sport. Playing outside has some benefits, Ling said, but playing outside can also be difficult due to the wind and how it moves the birdie.

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    Declan Smith
    Declan Smith, Reporter
    Declan Smith is a member of the Class of 2027 and a beginning reporter. He started writing during the 2023-24 school year as a ninth grader. Declan is interested in genealogy and participates in the Lab Robotics team. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Excellent, yearbook copy/caption: student life
    Delaney Connell
    Delaney Connell, Photographer
    Delaney Connell is a beginning photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2026. Her favorite part of photojournalism is taking photos for school sports and school events. Outside of photojournalism, Delaney enjoys taking walks with her dog, talking with her brother and cooking.

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