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Which sport gives you the best all-round skill / fitness regime? James Bunwell, Droitwich Spa

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No other sport demands as much endurance and athleticism as Ultimate Frisbee. Richard Wallace

I want to give my vote to the modern pentathlon. It requires good all-round fitness in the legs and arms for swimming and running. And it takes a lot of skill and accuracy in pistol shooting. It is also the sport that tests emotional intelligence the most, by having to convince a horse not to throw itself into a fence after a 20-minute “get-to-know” session. Gregory Butler, Canada

Snooker! Top-notch snooker requires not only strategic intelligence (and control), but the ability to assume an almost yoga-like meditative state of sheer concentration, very high levels of hand-eye coordination, and posture control that require a certain level of general physical fitness . Tom McMaster, Ayamonte, Spain

Gymnastics has to lend a hand: strength, speed, dexterity, coordination, technical skill and explosive power are right. I think the only question is stamina, so rugby (league of course) would be high on the list; Decathlon too. small pump

Cycling is fine and accessible, but for a full body workout, I’d say rowing. Sculling rather than sweep if you want to work both sides equally. Also develops the back, torso, legs, arms, and balance. AramintaFlapdoodle

Cricket. It has the best all-rounders in the world. ThereisnoOwl

It should be darts. Balancing a pint in one hand, a cigarette in the other, not to mention the level of aim, accuracy, and precision required to hit 180. That costs nerves of steel. Water dam

Surfing. Being in nature, water fitness, agility, balance, microsecond decision-making, spatial imagination, perseverance, flexibility, strength, relatively low risk of injury, patience, social rules (except for big wave surfing, which is almost an expert subgenre)) , Excitement, serotonin rush, adrenaline rush, camaraderie. And of course you ride on an existential level on natural energy waves that arise through natural action and disappear into nothingness after riding without hurting or shifting anything. wise

Rugby. Aside from athletic fitness, you learn teamwork, athleticism and respect: players and supporters of other teams are treated like friends – at least that’s my experience in rugby seven competitions all over the world. There are exceptions, of course, but not many, and I make no apologies for being an idealist. clog

If you’re looking for something a little less strenuous, try archery. It is good for upper body muscle strength and improves posture and breathing. It’s also great fun and gets you out in the summer. There’s an indoor winter season that will keep you going all year round. The ages range from nine to 90 and you don’t have to compete to enjoy it. Many who feel too old for other sports can take up archery as a way of keeping fit and having fun. FirbobLondon

Seem to be on an island with this one, but definitely squash. The higher the level, the better, as it is not very good to watch the ball go by. As an avid cyclist who regularly goes on 30-40 km trips, I appreciate the benefits, but that in no way prepares you for a tough squash match or even tennis or running. And it’s not elitist at all; there are dishes accessible everywhere. Love the game, best shape ever. 44N79W

I’ve played roller derby for a few years and think it was great for developing strength, agility, balance and coordination. And since you’re playing both offensively and defensively at the same time, it’s an excellent mental challenge. Plus, you’re part of a team so you have to work together. It’s a bit of a niche sport, but I highly recommend giving it a try. NaughtySparkles

I would recommend a martial art like judo, taekwondo, or aikido. dfic1999

Rowing: offers opportunities to develop speed, strength, balance and agility; it’s a good cardio workout; and you have to be good in the water. Good for social skills, cooperation and teamwork – and all that while sitting. Quaker Betty

Australian climber Amy Dunlop at Dentist 5.12b, Yangshuo near Guilin, China.Australian climber Amy Dunlop at Dentist 5.12b, Yangshuo, near Guilin in China. Photo: Adam Pretty / Getty Images for LUMIX

Climbing demands every part of the body, leads you into nature and requires enormous self-control. It does everything. Sithrak

I heard about a study years ago, and I think it was Aussie Rules Football that caught on. Anaerobic and aerobic fitness, strength, endurance, coordination, communication, etc. They are brilliant athletes. crosby99

Swimming is the top sport in terms of health, fitness and wellbeing. The best strokes are crawling forward and backward. Swimming is therapeutic and offers excellent benefits for all ages. If you’re into harder stuff, try other hits. Finian2U

Swimming is a lifetime. Take water polo and triathlon when you want more action and excitement at a young age but keep your health and fitness for life with swimming in the pool or outdoors when you are older. responsible fuftysix

Cross-country skiing is all in one: cardio, strength, flexibility and balance. No impact, all you need is snow. Swimming is second to all of the above and does not affect the skeleton. Lake Macdonald

I would recommend sport climbing. Once you have overcome the required strength, balance and flexibility, you will also need logic / puzzle solving to figure out how best to “read” the wall, ie some grips will only give you support when your body is positioned in a certain position is. Plus, all of the walls I’ve been to have had a great atmosphere with people working together to solve harder climbs. Yard max

Gardening – And You Can Eat The Fruits Of Your Efforts. Geodiversity

Trampoline Jumping: You become out of breath and develop muscle strength, endurance and joint flexibility; It is a soft landing surface that is less stressful on the joints. The only missing factor is the ability to control an external object. I recommend badminton / tennis on a trampoline! neville63

Ice hockey: strength, power, speed, hand-eye coordination. In addition, everything happens 50% faster on ice (assuming you can skate), so the need for speed and sharp reflexes is higher than in other sports. Quaternion

I suspect that professional boxers are the fittest and most skilled athletes there is. IanRod65

Great question and one that I think about a lot as a PE teacher. Almost every sport helps develop skills for performance and is heavily dependent on at least one skill or fitness type. My opinion is that the sheer number of variables, the angles of action around you, and the fact that there are so many open situations to prepare for and try to do your best, team invasion games are likely to be the best all-round athletes. happy to be alive

Mountain unicycling combined with archery. It is one thing. arthurducksworthy

Caber throwing: requires strength, hand-eye coordination, speed, rhythm, determination and patience. Markymarkmark

The Motocross World Championship 2021 in Krasnodar, Russia.The Motocross World Championship 2021 in Krasnodar, Russia. Photo: Dmitry Feoktistov / Tass

There’s an interesting / unexpected quote from Jeff Spencer, a former Olympic cyclist who trains motocross riders: “Motocross requires by far the highest combined fitness of any sport in the world, except none. I’ve spent five Tours de France with Lance Armstrong and Lance is not a problem. But Lance’s overall fitness cannot even be compared with the overall fitness of a motocross racer. ” Repentance

Wrestling: Learning how to fight with skill rather than emotion is the foundation of adult life in a world full of conflict. It prepares you to be level-headed with violence and calm in conflict. These life skills are invaluable. Since there are no punches, it is not a brain injury sport that can leave you with life changing injuries like gymnastics. onticmendacium

In the 1970s there was a TV show in which different athletes competed against each other. Seems to me to remember that pole vaulters did well all around. Also, keep in mind that cricketers were pretty much useless. OldGreyWolf

You probably think of superstars. Golfers were really bad. I don’t remember any particular skills or physicality patterns appearing. Rather, the best were primarily characterized by their competitiveness. AlwaysIFeelBlue62

Boxing: fitness, balance, speed, skill and physical courage / confidence. Table tennis: known as a rehab tool for brain injuries / diseases – there must be something to it. karlrgibson

Nobody seems to have suggested biathlon: cross-country skiing combined with target shooting. Top level cross-country skiers are known for having the highest aerobic capacities of all athletes and for providing all-round body conditioning as an exercise. It is also a technical sport that requires balance, coordination, and body awareness to develop an efficient technique. Combine that with the ability to take breaks from the grueling endurance course to stop and shoot with precision, which requires strength and control, and you have a sport that requires a wide variety of skills and fitness levels. Drspeedy

Some time ago there was some research that said mountain biking was the most effective cross-training activity. Rugby League – toughest sport in terms of running fitness and repetition strength, overall strength, endurance, strength and aerobic fitness – has to be up there. Also add spatial awareness and proprioception. rhino

I would say capoeira. Cardio, agility, flexibility, acrobatics, and you need to be able to play it smart to anticipate your opponent’s reaction. Add the cultural, social and musical side and you have it all. They also tend to include Portuguese as a by-product. ClodLo

Motor race. All the athletic things plus pain management, fundraising, engineering, problem solving, sponsorship management, team management, camping and tea drinking under less than perfect conditions. Cheesyrider

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