Looking for a Fun Way to Exercise?

Kickball, once reserved for school kids at recess, is fast becoming a favorite past time--for adults. The World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) was formed in 1998 when three former University of Virginia classmates and a fourth friend launched a league mixing socializing and athletics--with emphasis on the socializing. The league began with eight teams and about 150 players, who played on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

WAKA has grown to more than 700 teams in 18 states, including California, New York and the Washington D.C.-Virginia area, with more than 17,000 registered players.

Not sure how to play? The rules are simple. You kick the ball. You run around four bases. You get three outs. The 10-inch-diameter rubber ball shouldn't be overly inflated--the less air, the more wobbly and spasmodically it flies, and the more difficult it is to catch.

For those of you who are looking to add some excitement to your exercise routine ... this may be the thing for you. Just be sure to supplement it with enough other exercise so you're getting the appropriate intensity for optimal benefits.

Kickball not your thing? Don't worry: dodgeball and wiffleball are making comebacks too.

USA Today July 24, 2005

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