Stay in the Game: Hone Your Skills With Your Favorite Sport

Taylor Morrison

Yes, the summer games are over, but the athletics can continue. Take that inspiration and rev up your fitness commitment in a sport of your choice. There are lots of options, so pick one that’s fun for you. Then get moving and perfect your skills.

State by state, what’s most popular can vary, according to The Wall Street Journal. Volleyball is big in Alaska and New Yorkers go for Lacrosse. Own a home in Southern California, Texas, Washington or Virginia? You’re likely be a soccer fan. If you’re living in Tampa, FL, surfing is most popular. And rodeo is a hit in Wyoming and Oklahoma.

Why not mix it up a little and try one of the more unique sports? Maybe choose badminton over tennis. Take up synchronized swimming instead of limiting yourself to doing laps. Or get into archery rather than baseball.

Here are some ideas from the crew at Taylor Morrison, complete with where to find a club for your chosen sport.


Archery may have been a favored among Egyptian pharaohs as far back as 1567 BC, but the sport didn’t earn international status in the games until 1900 during the second summer competitions in Paris.
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Named after Badminton House, home of the 19th century Duke of Beaufort in England, who brought the game from India.
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We can thank the Scandinavians and Germans for introducing this fast-paced sport in 1910.
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Channel an ancient samurai warrior, who used the hand-to-hand combat form of jujitsu from which judo is derived.
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It’s believed that rowing first became popular as a sport in the 17th century when the first Oxford-Cambridge university boat race was inaugurated.
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Synchronized Swimming

This young sport became official in the early 20th century when a water acrobatics instructor teamed the movements with music.
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There are two kinds of wrestling, considered the world’s oldest competitive sport: Greco-Roman, which uses arms and upper bodies only, and Freestyle, where competitors may also use their legs to hold the opponent.
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Want to keep looking for your favorite game? Here’s a full list of sports you can try. What’s your favorite sport to play? Share it in the comments section below.


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