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What are Some Affordable Sports?

Basketball is one of the most affordable team sports.
Swimming is a relatively inexpensive sport.
Jogging is fairly inexpensive.
Though formal basketball games are played indoors, friendly pick up games can be played without a gym or stadium.
Some people join free or low-cost running clubs not only for the exercise but also for the social opportunities.
In some cities, informal pickup games are a common sight.
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Walking has to be the most affordable sport, but jogging, basketball, skating, volleyball and swimming are also fairly inexpensive. Of course, you have to consider that fees associated with sports vary according to region. Plus, renting or buying equipment second hand can make a big difference in the cost of a sport. But, affordable sports are available so that people of virtually all income brackets can participate in at least one or two.

Walking regularly can bring about great health benefits as well as help in weight loss. All that's required are a comfortable pair of shoes and a safe walking route. Walking is the most affordable outdoor exercise, but it can be difficult in areas with harsh weather conditions. Jogging is also one of the most affordable sports in which only a pair of shoes is needed, however the shoes should be made for jogging and be good quality. Secondhand jogging shoes may be too worn down and jogging shoes should be padded enough to absorb the impact on the feet.

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Basketball also requires proper shoes as the wearer must be able to run for short distances and make quick turns and stops. Basketball is still one of the most affordable as well as versatile sports as it may be played on free outdoor courts and in community center or school gyms. Unlike walking or jogging, however, it is a team sport that requires uniforms as well as a ball. Still, other team sports such as hockey and baseball require a lot more equipment.

Volleyball is similar to basketball in its affordability and versatility although a volleyball net is needed. Beach volleyball is popular in warmer climates while other areas have indoor options for the game. As far as footwear is concerned, usually just shoes that are suitable for gym floors are needed for volleyball.

Swimming is another one of the most affordable sports as community center pools are supposed to be priced for affordability. Plus, only a swimsuit is needed as far as equipment goes. Skating can also be considered one of the most affordable sports if skates can be rented or bought second hand. Community centers often have affordable skating lessons and skating sessions.

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Drentel
Post 3

My family didn't have any excess money lying around when I was a kid. Fortunately my father and my uncle put up a basketball goal in our backyard when I was six or seven years old. From that day until I left for college I didn't let many days go by without throwing a basketball at the hoop. Shooting ball was cheap, it gave me something to do and I enjoyed it.

Sporkasia
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Hacky sack and Frisbee are affordable. Individuals play both of these sports all the time on college campuses. Whatever clothes you need you find in your closet and you can simply find a game and join in. How affordable is that?

Animandel
Post 1

Most sports... well, a good number of sports can be played or done without spending a large amount of money. Some of the ones (basketball, walking, swimming) listed in the article are great examples. However, these sports can also be expensive. How much you pay depends on what you do with the sport.

For example, going to the public pool to swim is not expensive, but joining a swim team that is part of a sports league and buying team gear and paying for overnight stays at meet sites is going to cost much more.

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