Chill or Thrill? Exploring The Top 10 Least Hottest Sports to Beat the Heat

Searching for some cool summer activities that can be played in groups or done solo? Want to enjoy games to play with friends without anything that beat the heat in the hot season while getting some exercise? Well, we have rounded up a list of the least hottest sports while staying active in summer season!

People often ask what is the least hottest sport?

Here are the top 10 least popular sports in the United States:

1. Swimming

It goes without saying that swimming is the top summer sport where you can completely relax while getting some real exercise. While it is a great solo activity for you to try out, you can have some real fun with your friends and family in the pool! From friendly swimming games to competing in finishing a lap in the shortest time, this is the perfect sport to stay away from the heat!

2. Squash

This is also an ideal summer sport which is played indoors in a court and can be included in the list of fun sports for 2 players. Squash is not a light sport; it requires some vigorous training while giving attention to speed and strength. However, once you have mastered the game, this is a great work out for your arms and muscles while playing a fun game of squash!

3. Table Tennis

This classic indoor sport helps you stay away from the heat in the summer season. If you are looking for a moderate to sport to learn, then table tennis is a perfect choice to go for. While this sport is played professionally across the world, you can have a series of friendly matches with your friends or coworkers at work as it is considered as a good pastime game. Just learn a few basics of the game and you will be good to go!

4. Volleyball

While this is an outdoor sport usually played in grounds or courtside, you can play it near water on your summer vacation or at your next plan to the nearest beach! Just get your ball, head up to the beach and find a net! Playing volleyball at the beach is a fun way to spend some quality time with your friends and family while looking for a fun yet active game to play.

The sport does not require any hard and fast rules so you can have a casual game! As this is a group sport, the more players, the better. Also, when you are done, you can take a swim in the water to feel cool!

5. Tennis

Tennis can be played at any time of the year but it fits the list of the least hottest sport for a guy and girls too. And it can be played indoor in a fully air-conditioned court.  While tennis seems like a tough sport, it is actually not. This racket sport can be played with a single opponent or as a game of doubles. Unlike badminton, instead of a light shuttlecock, a tennis ball is used which is a small hardball. Tennis has been played as a professional sport for decades with a wide fan-following of the game from all parts of the world.

6. Ice Skating

Probably one of the greatest indoor sports to play in the summer season, ice skating requires finesse and speed. Indoor ice rinks are designed especially for ice skating so you can stay cool while playing a sport. You need some patience to master ice skating as it takes time. You can learn on your own or from an expert. While there are inside rinks and tracks for ice skating, in some cold parts of the world such as Russia, ice skating can be done on the surfaces of a lake or river due to them being frozen!

7. Water Zorbing

This unique water sport with a big O in the water, that a lot of people have not even heard of is something that you should not miss in the summer season! If you are looking to try something fun and different, then this water sport fits the criteria.

So, what exactly is water zorbing? You place yourself in a large, transparent inflatable ball which floats in the water.  What’s next? You can just jump, run or simply walk in the water without getting wet and having the maximum amount of fun! Also known as Aqua zorbing, it can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Although some people think it as least attractive sports, but you can find this sport in some theme parks or marinas. Or you can just try it out for yourself in your backyard with a large pool and some giant, inflatable balls.

8. Basketball

This sport can be casually played outdoors or indoors in an air-conditioned court, which makes it a perfect team sport for the summer season. Basketball is an age-old sport that has been around for a while. The game is played by dividing players into teams of 2 with the objective of getting the greatest number of goals in the net.

9. Mixed Martial Arts

Looking to gain some skills while playing a sport that is a great way to exercise indoors? Martial Arts was the least popular sport in America for years and it is a combat sport which involves some serious fighting techniques and has gained popularity over the years. Note that this sport is a dangerous sport that is not suited for everyone!

10. Ice Bucket Game

While this is technically not a sport, the ice bucket challenge rose to a lot of popularity while raising $220m worldwide. It started as a way to promote awareness for the motor neuron disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis which is why the game is also known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

So how is it done? You fill up a bucket with ice or cold water and record yourself holding up the bucket and pouring the ice or water all at once. You can do it yourself or ask someone to pour it over you. This challenge became viral on social media platforms as people nominated a number of participants to perform it and then challenging a group of people to do so and so on. This move led to the challenge being spread to various parts of the world, making it a fun summer activity to get rid of the heat, involving friends and family members while spreading the awareness.

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Written by Usama

Usama J. is a passionate writer about the sports and works as an in house sports journalist at Openiun, and covered many international sporting events including ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.