Participating in sports is a great way to boost your health. With recent research showing that people who sit most of the day are more likely to take years off their life, now is as good a time as any to pick up a physical activity.
And for those of us who aren't into traditional sports, Guinness World Records has highlighted recent records in some of the strangest sports you may never have heard of.
"It's all very well being a professional athlete, but what about the pea-shooters, toe-wrestlers and haggis-hurlers? Who gives these passionate sporting heroes the credit they deserve?" asked Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday.
You won't see him in London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but Christopher Irmscher (Germany) owns the record for the fastest 100-meter hurdles while wearing swim fins, clocking in at 14.82 seconds on the set of Guinness World Records - Die Gr
Fastest 100m light aircraft pull
The fastest 100-meter light aircraft pull was 29.84 seconds and was achieved by Montystar Agarawal (India) on the set of Guinness World Records at Ab India Todega in Baramati, Maharashtra, India, Feb. 23, 2011. Agarawal finished about 20 seconds under runner Usain Bolt's 100m world record of 9.58 seconds (minus the aircraft, of course).
Heaviest car balanced
Talk about a dead-lift! John Evans balanced a gutted Mini car weighing in at 352 pounds on his head for 33 seconds at The London Studios in London, May 24, 1999.
Most passes of giant volleyball
This isn't the type of volleyball you're probably used to seeing: The most consecutive passes of a giant inflatable volleyball is 583, achieved by Stephen Ferdinando and Simon Fowler (both of the U.K.), on the Xfm Breakfast Show with Danny Wallace, in London, July 6, 2012.
Greatest weight supported while skipping rope
Skipping rope is hard enough: Try doing it with three people on your back. The greatest weight supported while skipping rope 10 times is 407.8 pounds by James Thompson (USA) on the set of "TV Asahi" in Tokyo, Japan, June 9, 2010.
Fastest mile, fireman
The fastest mile covered while carrying another person over one's shoulders - or a fireman carry - clocked in at 15 minutes, 11.87 seconds, by American Ashrita Furman on November 9, 2005, at Liberty State Park in N.J. on Guinness World Records (GWR) Day.
Fastest 100m running on all fours
The record time for running 100 meters on all fours is 18.58 seconds, and was set by Japanese man Kenichi Ito at Setagaya Kuritsu Sogo Undojyo in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 13, 2008. The record attempt was part of GWR Day 2008.
Farthest arrow shot using the feet
While archery is an event at the 2012 Summer Games, most competitors use their hands for the best results. Claudia Gomez of Argentina, however, has set the record for the the farthest a bow and arrow has been shot into a target using her feet, at 18 feet 0.53 inches. The record was broken on the set of El Show de los R