Summers can be soul sapping, what with every year setting new records for highest temperatures recorded. It is easy to be in the confines of your air conditioned bedroom, whiling away hours on YouTube. Summers don’t necessarily have to mean not going out and playing though. You just have to be a little more careful when picking sports to play. Here are 7 sports that are ideal for summertime.

1. Cricket

It was invented by the British as a pastime during picnics. While modern day cricket is a lot more athletic, the sport itself does not involve a lot of constant running, unlike football or basketball. Cricket is the perfect outdoor sport in the scorching summer heat. Just keep a bottle of cold water handy.
Did you know: Iftikar Ali Khan Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan’s grandfather, played test cricket for India as well as England. He is the only cricketer to have done so.

2. Squash

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush without getting burnt, head for a game of Squash. The indoor sport requires a lot of running and brute strength. It is the perfect alternative to sweating it out in the gym.
Did you know: Ritwik Bhattacharya is India’s best known squash player. He was the first Indian squash player to compete in Commonwealth Games.

3. Table Tennis

Talking of indoor sports, table tennis is another option you have. While it may not be as strenuous as squash, when played properly, it can definitely get you sweating.
Did you know: India has never won a medal in table tennis at the Olympics.

4. Swimming

Summers are the perfect time to go swimming. You may be tempted to squander away leisurely in the cool confines of the pool. But you should use the opportunity to get some workout in this sapping heat. Challenge a friend to lap time or just beat your own. Swimming is a great full body workout. Make sure you have swimming goggles and cap before you dive in.
Did you know: Women were barred from competing in Olympic swimming till 1912. Also, Shivani Kataria, who participated in Rio Games in 2016, became the first Indian swimmer to compete in Olympics after more than a decade.

5. Skating

If you are averse to water and have not really warmed up to the idea of cricket, skating can be a good alternative. There are indoor skating rinks, and the sport is good for optimizing your motor skills.

6. Rock climbing

You don’t have to go near a rock in the scorching sun. There are indoor places that simulate the sport of rock climbing. The sport is good as a full-body workout and is strenuous enough to be tolerable in this heat.

7. Street football on a rainy day

Too tired of the heat to even venture out for an indoor game? Wait for the heaven gods to rain, get your gang together, and splash it out on the streets, ninja style. Football on a rainy day in summers can be almost therapeutic. And the best thing about street football, at least in India: there are no rules. The game is played dirty!