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Top 11 Popular Recreation Sports And Other Leisure Activities In Malaysia


What are the 11 types of popular recreation sports and other leisure activities in Malaysia that you can do & play as a Malaysian postgraduate research student besides research? Undoubtedly, research is an interesting subject for postgraduate research students. Either you’re sitting in front of your laptop busy with the programming and simulation or running the experiments in the laboratory trying to synthesis and develop something, you should allocate some time to exercise. Let’s face the truth: sitting and watching Rio Olympic 2016 Sports through television or laptop without moving your every single muscle and sweating yet dreaming to have a lean and nice body shape just like the athletes is like throwing eggs at the wall and hoping some of it sticks. 

But with so many facilities in your university, what kind of sports that you can play to stay fit and healthy? Here’re the 11 types of popular recreation sports and other leisure activities in Malaysia that you can play as a postgraduate research student in conjunction with Rio Olympic 2016. The good new is you can play these sports in your campus all year round. Surprisingly, you’ll develop a close rapport with your friends or even make some new friends.

1. Badminton

Playing Badminton As A Hobby & Good Exercise-EdiThumbsYou can play badminton either indoors or outdoors. For outdoors, you should consider the location and direction of the wind as safety is the top priority. If you love challenges and want to run more, perhaps you can consider singles. If you’re a team player, you can play in doubles or mixed doubles. The best thing is you just need a proper racquet and shuttlecock to start the game. Playing badminton can increase your mobility and stamina as you need to move in all direction to hit the ball. You can visit the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to know the correct rules and regulations, players world ranking, and upcoming tournaments, or even learn and upgrade your movement and hitting skills to play badminton. You might become the next Lee Chong Wei. Happy smashing!

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2. Basketball

Playing Basketball As A Hobby & Good Exercise-EdiThumbsBasketball has gained its popularity from time to time. You just simply need an inflated basketball and locate a perfect place to start the game. Many people have the wrong perception that shorter persons shouldn’t play basketball. In fact, they can become the best ball handler. You’ll gain the satisfaction after shooting a ball through a hoop. You can play alone, with few friends, or even with a group of people. Visit the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for more tournaments. Try to aim for a slam dunk and soar high! Who is the number one basketball player in the world 2016?

3. Cycling

Cycling a As A Hobby & Good Exercise-EdiThumbsRecently, cycling has become one of the most exciting recreational sports besides for transportation purpose. Cycling is suitable sport for those who have joints issue and rehabilitation, whereby it does not involve in aggressive body movement. Whether you like cycling road or cycling track, both of them can improve your fitness and cardiovascular health. You just need a proper bicycle and outfit to get started. You’ll find most of the fun when cycling with a group of people. However, few things you should bear in mind when you cycling such as safety and exposure to air pollution. Do check out the latest news and info regarding cycling at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Meanwhile, who is your favorite athlete cyclist?

4. Equestrian

Equestrian As A Hobby & Good Exercise-EdiThumbsEquestrian or known as horse riding is becoming more popular and can be considered as one of the most elegant, exciting, and unpredictable sports, which acquires courage and demanding skill set as you need to partner with a horse to complete the tasks such as show jumping, dressage, and eventing. Few universities in Malaysia are becoming the excellent equestrian centre equipped with riding equipment such as Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). Discount is available for students for those who want to become an equestrian sport rider. You can explore the equestrian world and get the full scoop regarding horse sports at the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI).

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5. Football

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The goal in football or soccer sports is kicking a ball into the opposite goal area to score a goal.  It requires a great teamwork effort to win the game. You can start the real football game in your campus after gathering two teams of eleven players including a goalkeeper. You might wish to get a direct free kick during the game. One of the interesting things about football is only feet, head, or torso is allowed to pass or strike the ball. You can get more information regarding football tournaments and news from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Do you know who is the top 1 football player in the world 2016?

6. Golf

Playing Golf As A Hobby & Good Exercise-EdiThumbsGolf is a simple and relaxing sports as it only involves hitting the balls into a series of holes with the fewest strokes as possible or golfer who win the most holes can be declared as a winner. Besides that, it is an excellent sport that can determine the integrity of someone as moving the golf ball with hand from one place to another or taking additional swings are a form of penalty. You might consider playing golf as it is a perfect sport to build a long, healthy, and lasting relationships. Most of the time, you’ll surround by Mother Nature with fresh air, which can help to reduce the stresses. You should know that playing an online golf video game is totally different from the real sport. You can surf through International Golf Federation to know more about golf. When talking about golf, who is coming to your mind?

7. Swimming

Swimming As A Hobby & Good Exercise-EdiThumbsSwimming is a low-impact and relaxing workout that can tighten every single muscle in your body. You can challenge your peers in the competitive swimming using butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, or freestyle. This will add more fun and excitement during swimming. After swimming for some time, you’ll be more emotionally stable and self-esteem than before. If you’re a beginner, YouTube is the perfect place for you to hang around. With the guidance and support from your friends, you can conquer the fear of swimming in water. You should consider swimming as an incredible sport for recreation. Just get in the pool and swim like the best male swimmer in the world-Michael Phelps. Visit the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) for more video and swimming facts.


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8. Table Tennis

Playing Table Tennis As A Hobby & Good Exercise-EdiThumbsYou score one point if your opponent fails to hit the bounce ball that directed to him. The most challenging part in table tennis or ping pong is you must react and hit the bounced ball fast within the table. You’ll tend to use more hand movements than other parts of your body. Tennis ball does more good than harm. Playing tennis ball frequently can stimulate your brain to think and act fast, which improves hand-eye coordination and increase the ability to focus and pay attention. Besides, it is a good sport to burn calories as you’ll start to sweat after a few minutes you start the game.  You can access all the information regarding table tennis at the International Table Tennis Federation.

9. Taekwondo

Taekwondo As A Hobby & Good Exercise-EdiThumbsOriginated from South Korea, Taekwondo brings many positive values to the practitioners besides competition. It is not about the size of your body or how strong you are in kicking and punching. Taekwondo helps you to develop self-discipline, inner calm, perseverance, and confidence rather than physical fighting skills. Facing and overcoming your own fear and weaknesses is far more important than building your strength. You’ll learn that the real strength is not coming from the anger itself. You’ll realize that the combination of speed, accuracy, and power is crucial to land and score points by kicking and punching on the torso and head of the opponent. Those with the highest points win the game. The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was established to continue and propagate the good spirit, culture, and legacy of Taekwondo worldwide. 

10. Tennis

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Tennis can be played in singles or doubles. Many people are not interested in playing tennis as a tennis racket and a tennis ball is too heavy. In fact, tennis is an elegant sport. Most of the girl love to watch the man playing tennis. Once you master the skill set to play tennis, you kind of like it and addicted to it. Tennis athletes either look handsome (man) or pretty (woman), when running while holding the tennis racket to hit the ball. Don’t get yourself confused with the badminton scouring system. Once you understand the tennis scoring works, you’ll love tennis. You also can learn the scoring on the spot from the tournaments. In addition, you can pick up many excellent tips, skills, and lessons from these top 10 you tube online tennis instruction. There are several health benefits of playing tennis too. For more great info about tennis, feel free to surf through the International Tennis Federation (ITF)Hope Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will inspire you to learn and play tennis! 

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11. Volleyball

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You don’t have to be Gilberto Amauri de Godoy Filho (Giba) or Kerry Walsh Jennings to play Volleyball. It can be played either indoors or outdoors, comprise six players in a team. The role of the receiving team is to ensure the ball is grounded within the opponent court to score the points.  As you play along the game, both attacking and defensive mode is very important. Indirectly, volleyball will improve interpersonal skill as you need to cooperate with team members to serve, pass, set, attack, clock, and dig the ball that comes from any direction. Always check the hidden rocks and broken glasses when you play this game outdoors, especially on the beach to minimize the risk of injury. The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is one of the organizations that helps to promote volleyball sport worldwide.

Your Turn

Among these 11 recreation sports and other leisure activities in Malaysia as mentioned above, there should be at least one sport that you like and good with. You can join or invite your friends to play these sports. You just need to reschedule your timetable as it’s not about having time. It’s all about making time. Just make sure always perform a warm-up when starting the sports and wear the appropriate attire accordingly. It’s normal to feel muscle soreness at first. As your fitness level increase, your endurance and stamina will increase as well. Reflect on how you love your body and health as think of the benefits you will acquire in the long term. It is never too late to make fitness and wellness as your personal lifestyle. Get the latest sports news at the Olympic Games. Do enjoy these recreation sports and other leisure activities in Malaysia!

Chiong Sie Jing

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