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10 Sports For The Unathletic

Updated on February 21, 2018

You know who you are. You're the guy who came up with the most creative excuses not to go to gym class. You're the girlfriend who always gets a headache when a hiking trip is planned. The mere mention of physical exertion makes you sweat and you get a bigger rush reading a book. You belonged to the computer club at school or played in the band. You are not lazy. It's just that your mental muscles need you more. Your other muscles are just fine the way they are. You are not boring. You can spar with the rest of them just not in the ring. You don't mind watching others strain their bodies. You just prefer to pamper yours. Did you know there are sports designed just for you? Drag your big booty over here and check it out.


Bowlers take their sport seriously. They wear bowling shirts, special shoes and lots of accessories. They have their own colors and secret warm-up routines. The game of bowling has been around for over 5000 years. It is a genuine sport because they made a movie about it called the Big Lebowski. People who bowl usually like to drink beer and carry a big belly. They talk loud because it's noisy in the alley. Many muscles are used when bowling. They include the thorax, abdomen and back. Mostly the facial muscles are exercised as the bowler looks on in anguish at the released ball rolling ominously toward the gutter.

Calories burned - 204 calories per hour assuming body weight is 150 lbs.


Billiards has been considered a sport rather than a game since 1893. It is mostly played on green felt to remind us of the grass real sports are played on. Many movies have been about billiards the best being The Hustler. People who play billiards try to look cool. They are often in a bar. The cue stick was invented in the late 1600's and billiards has been played by kings and presidents and commoners. Most people who play are commoners. Sometimes billiard players have big muscles and other big things as well. It doesn't help the game. The key muscles used most in this sport are the deltoid, triceps and biceps.

Calories burned - 150 calories per hour assuming body weight is 150 lbs.


The sport of frisbee can be physically demanding if you are into the ultimate type. Don't worry. Frisbee playing doesn't have to leave you panting. You can always play it with your dog so he can do all the work. The only movie made about frisbee is a laughable film called Frisbee of Death. Again don't worry. It's so bad that the idea will never catch on. The disc had its start with the Frisbee Baking Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut where some guys had nothing better to do than toss a tin pie plate around. Since your dog will be doing the running the muscles most used throwing the frisbee are the deltoids, back and shoulder.

Calories burned - 216 calories per hour assuming body weight is 150 lbs. More if you run.


Darts is a pub game first officially recognized as a sport in the United Kingdom. It involves throwing a sharp object at a round bullseye board. Because it is a pub game most dart players loosen up their dart throwing muscles with beer. If you get tired after a few rounds you can grab another cold one and watch the comedy dart movie called Bullseye. It is on DVD. The sport of darts originated in Medieval England where soldiers would lumber over to the local drinking establishment and propel shortened arrows into the bottom of a wine barrel for fun. They knew how to play. Since a good dart player uses more wrist action than anything, not too many muscles are used. Facial muscles are often exercised when a wayward dart narrowly misses someone on their way to the john.

Calories burned - 170 calories per hour assuming body weight is 150 lbs.


If you count yourself among the unathletic, fishing may be the sport for you. It is a well-respected activity and includes boasting privileges. You don't even have to catch any fish and can still brag about the one that got away. We know fishing is a bonafide sport because there are several movies about it. Gone Fishin' is a good one. People who fish have all kinds of gadgets. They are convinced that these will make them better at the sport. It usually doesn't. Fishing requires patience, daydreaming and ugly hats and boots. A vest with lots of pockets for the gadgets is good too. Primary muscles used are forearms, triceps and shoulders. Facial muscles are sometimes exercised but usually are not since staring into space doesn't require it.

Calorie burned - 204 calories per hour assuming body weight is 150 lbs.


Croquet was once considered a woman's game but not anymore. It involves hitting a colored ball with a wooden mallet through a wire hoop. Croquet is a genteel pastime that makes you look classy. When you talk about playing it you tend to want to take on a British accent even if you aren't British. It is also a competitive sport for the unathletic and has been around since the 1600's. It used to be called Pall Mall. Croquet has a lot of rules. One is that you can get aggressive enough to send your opponent's ball carreening in an undesirable direction. Now how fun is that. Croquet players can be spotted in several movies especially in 1972's Savages. Many muscles are used playing croquet especially the thigh, back and arm.

Calories burned - 170 calories per hour assuming body weight is 150 lbs.


Horseshoe pitching became a sport rather than a game in 1919 though its roots are ancient. Apparently during the Grecian Games in the 2nd century those who could not afford to buy a discus to throw would find horseshoes laying about and throw them instead. The target of horseshoe pitching is set up in a sandbox. Though there doesn't seem to be any movies about horseshoes, Curley plays it in the movie Of Mice And Men. People usually play in their own backyards and it is common to accompany the game with BBQ and beer. Stance is very important when preparing to pitch your horseshoe. The more focused and serious you look the more you might impress others. The muscles most used are the biceps, triceps, deltoids and other little muscles you didn't know you had.

Calories burned - 204 calories per hour assuming body weight is 150 lbs.


Beer pong is a bonafide sport since there is a World Series for it in Las Vegas. It is a game of skill or in some cases spill. Beer pong is a drinking game where players attempt to sink ping pong balls into their opponent's beer cup. If they succeed they must then drink the beer and remove the cup. The goal is to remove all the opposing team's cups and get drunk. Most beer pong players think they are very skilled. The longer they play the less skilled they get. A comedy movie was made in 2009 about the sport. It is called Road Trip: Beer Pong. Muscles used are the hamstrings, biceps and shoulders though facial muscles are really what make the game.

Calories burned - 20-30 calories burned in a competitive match.


Shuffleboard had its start in 16th century England. Players would slide a large cheap coin called a groat down a table. The game was called "shove groat". Eventually they replaced the coin with a silver penny and called it "shovel penny". It graduated from its crude form to become a gentlemen's game. But some ladies liked it too. Betty Grable had her own shuffleboard at home. The game is played in the 1985 movie Cocoon. Shuffleboards are generally found in bars or on ships. You don't have to be old to play it but it helps. The National Shuffleboard Hall Of Fame was established in 1995. I won't name who's in it because you wouldn't recognize them. Primary muscles used are quadriceps, shoulder, chest and triceps.

Calories burned - 176 calories per hour assuming body weight is 150 lbs.


A small version of the real sport of golf, minigolf is actually an internationally recognized sport. It even has its own organization called the World Minigolf Sport Federation or WMF which sounds impressive. Also called Putt Putt, miniature golf had its start in St. Andrews, Scotland and was referred to as the Ladies' Putting Club. It is now played all over the world by those men and women who are afraid of a real golf course. People use their children as an excuse to play. Most minigolf courses offer whirligigs, plastic flamingos and other interesting diversions like little brooks running beside the fake green. Many movies feature minigolf as part of the script. One of them is 1987's Overboard. Muscles used are shoulders, biceps and back. Facial muscles are sometimes exercised when stifling a swear word.

Calories burned - 214 calories per hour assuming body weight is 150 lbs.

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    • Blond Logic profile image

      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      I had never heard of beer pong. I'll bet that guy in the video has won a lot of glasses, ashtrays, and goldfish at carnivals and fairs.

      I too would opt for a more tranquil pastime.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks, Susan.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      There's only one thing in your hub that I've yet to do and that's play beer pong. Surprising though because I love beer :)

      Fun hub!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Just keep burning those calories, Jimmy. Thanks for reading.

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      Jimmy the jock 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Ha Ha I have to admit that I love sports and watch them as often as I can, I have become quite proficient at elbow bending which is my sport, lifting that bottle of beer to my mouth as I watch sport on TV keeps me physicaly fit and in shape if a beer belly counts as any kind of shape.....jimmy

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub, although I haven't done any of these activities, I am fishing for some new sports.

    • ergenzinger profile image


      8 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Love it! This is me all over. Love your writing.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Lady_E - Nice to see you. Yes, golf can be challenging.

      Homeinsights - thanks.

      Jrcemail - Yeah, chess is probably a sport. Snacks are optional. Thanks for stopping by.

    • jrcemail profile image


      9 years ago

      Is chess a sport? I can totally do well with chess...and you can play it while eating snacks!

    • HomeInsights profile image


      9 years ago

      Really like this concept - absolutely brilliant!

    • Lady_E profile image


      9 years ago from London, UK

      These are enjoyable sports. I'm not sure I'd ever get the hang of golf. Might end up hitting people accidentally with my golf swings.


    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Lindajot - too funny - thanks for stopping by.

    • lindajot profile image


      9 years ago from Willamette Valley - Oregon

      Fun hub! I wonder how many calories burned for computer junkies - I do have slim fingers.

    • 2patricias profile image


      9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Great hub! Tricia is actually athletic and does real sports - but enjoys miniature golf. Pat loves most of the above, but has worked out that one burns more calories brushing her teeth than bowling. Honestly - look it up.

      Very funny and we've rated this up.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      9 years ago from United States

      Haha! This is so me!

    • NCBIer profile image


      9 years ago

      Hmm... I can relate only to the fishing. I am pretty pathetic at all the others, though I've certainly tried. With your hub, I think I will keep trying. Thank you for the laughs!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Nikitha - Glad you enjoyed - Thanks for reading.

      Caroline - I was an avid bowler myself years ago. Thank you so much for reading.

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      Caroline Paulison Andrew 

      9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great hub! Loved the beer pong videos at the end. Amazing. I was once good at quarters (about 20 years ago). Have to take the kids bowling again soon. They all seem to like it.

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      nikitha p 

      9 years ago from India

      Great hub very well written, thanks for sharing this.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      TM - Hah - better bring your dog. Thank you so much for stopping by. Charlotte sports are great, btw.

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      Trusted Marketing 

      9 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      What a great topic. Caught my eye. Enjoyed the article, now where's my frisbee.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks, Jill. I used to love bowling too. It's been awhile though. Gosh, I work too hard.

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      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Suzie,

      You hit it right on the head there! I belong to this group! I have never been athletic in my life although I did play some tennis before. Now the only sport I play is bowling and I really love it. I even join tournaments.

      Thanks for this wonderful article!

      Rated up and funny!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi everyone - glad you enjoyed. Thank you all so much for reading.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hahaha! This was a fun hub to read and loved all your movie references. Does laughing as an exercise count? If so you just inspired some exercise on my part. Still smiling...! This gets a funny vote!

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      9 years ago

      Great hub. I love frisbee. The other sports which you have mentioned are all way awesome. Hub up suziecat.:)

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      9 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

      Nice creation

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      Patricia Rae 

      9 years ago from Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada

      Great sense of humor Suziecat7.....loved this article.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi James - yeah - athletes play these "sports" but you don't have to be an athlete to play them. Thanks for reading.

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      Maggie Griess 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am with a la I can say I am into sports. Can you call Hubbing sports? It sounds like it could be a sport, doesn't it?

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed this Hub. You are funny! I play or have played every one of these "sports" even though I do not fit the profile in your first paragraph. I was once quite an athlete. :-)

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Putz - I was once an avid bowler. Now riding a bike in these mountains is too much for me. Thanks for reading.

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      9 years ago

      Great ideas here, thank you for sharing Suzie.

      Up and Awesome!!


    • epigramman profile image


      9 years ago

      ...well I must admit when I come to your hubs my mind feels athletic - you move - you thrill me - and you entertain me - great job on this one - you really know how to put it all together!

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      Putz Ballard 

      9 years ago

      Great hub and some great ideas. I learned to bowl when I was in the military at base bowling alleys. The games were relatively cheap then. I have always liked fishing and have lately been thinking about cycling. One of the grandsons already has a bike and I bought a pretty decent bike for myself at a yard sale and have been riding some trying to get in shape.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi Wayne - nice to see you here. I've never played beer pong but I have benn know to tip a beer or two.

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      I like beer pong, bowling and anything that keeps you in one spot for a long time. Darts...I have a problem with because every time you throw them, you have to go get them. Unlike bowling they don't come back to you. Throw age, we all grow to appreciate these pasttimes. Thanks for sharing! WB

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dolores - you made me laugh. Thanks for that and for taking the time to comment.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      A la carte - We are entitled too.

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this information. Suzanne, you have great collection of Unathletic sport. I really enjoy all this sport. I found that most of these sport are fun. It could release the stress and good for mind. Unfortunately I never try billiards, because I always miss when hitting the ball. Frisbee is good option for me. Thank you very much. Vote up as usual.


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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      suzie, this was great! I must say that I have attempted most of these sports and none of them went well. The darts missed the target and flew into another room, into my hosts' wall. The bowling ball shot back and hit a chair. But my favorite was the time we played 'speed croquet.' It was about 98 degrees out, and we decided not to take turns but to see who could get through the game the fastest with everyone taking turns at once. We turned that classic spot into a meelee! People fell down, got hit in the ankles, and created general mayhem. It was fun!

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      A la carte 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Love this hub..lets us "not so athletic " types say we are into sports lol.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you all for commenting. Yes, athletes do play these sports too.

      Drinking beer is not always optional.

      I like wiffle balls - they don't hurt so much when you get bopped with one.

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      i scribble 

      9 years ago

      We played croquet at a family event a few months ago, and inexplicably, I won! After a 20 or 30 year hiatus from the game, what a rush! Can't wait to play again!

      We have a fun tradition of wiffle ball (baseball with a very fat plastic bat) at family get togethers. I would recommend adding it to your list. Thumbs up!

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      Cristopher Chasse 

      9 years ago from Boston

      Athletes like to bowl too.

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      carolina muscle 

      9 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Haha... what a concept. I never looked at it that way, but I think you forgot one --- wii sports. LOL

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      suzie I love shuffleboard ! And you can pretty much drink beer with all of them. Thumbs up !

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Hmm - I'm supposed to be able to do some of these then but I think I missed this boat as well. There are several here that I have fowled up very badly - but at least they gave me funny stories. Seriously love many of these sports - no matter how terrible I have been at them! I'm not unathletic I always tell people - I'm just pathetic!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      BPOP - I never was the athletic type myself. Thanks for your comment.

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      Gloria Siess 

      9 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      CUTE hub/hiking is my sport of choice, but I appreciate the options out there.haha

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      9 years ago

      I'm not athletic at all, but for some reason I've always been good at frisbee. I can even do the tricks like popping it up when catching it, throwing it backwards, and catching it behind my leg.

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      9 years ago

      Now these are sports I can deal with! Football just wasn't for me.....

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dahoglund - I have also played croquet but not for awhile. Thanks for commenting.

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      9 years ago

      All my sports were very physical like Hockey, Martial Arts, boxing and racing. However I am at the stage of life where bowling and fishing are looking pretty interesting to me:0) I may even try curling since it seems to be a popular winter sport up here in Canuckville:-) loved the videos and all the information. peace and hugs

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      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      I was an avid bowler, too, once upon a time but never had as much fan at the bowling alley as I had watching that hilarious video of bowling accidents. Do hope no one was severely injured! Funny how we all love to laugh at other people's misfortune. Probably because we're happy it's not happening to us. Thanks for the laughs, susie.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Mentalist - I forgot to do that - thanks. And yes, I've played many of these sports myself. I love table shuffleboard and once was an avid bowler. Thanks so much for commenting.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      some of these I have actually done. I bowled until a bowling league turned it into an obligation rather than fun. I's like to play Frisbee with the dog but she doesn't seem likely to like it since I can't get her to chase a ball.Croquet was fun when we were kids but I have not been around=d it for years.

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      Mentalist acer 

      9 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Go to this Hub and press edit then navigate to you beer pong video,on the capsule click the arrow pointing up and it'll locate above the comments suziecat;)

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      Mentalist acer 

      9 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Haha,suziecat,I played the Tuba in the marching band and burned every bit as many calories as the Jocks and fishing,like you said, depending how many bogs you wade your aluminum boat through in the marsh can equall a set or two of tennis;)


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