Simple vs. Splurge: Outdoor Games for the Unathletic Soul

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Summer is the time to get outdoors, head to the park, and spend quality time with friends and family. For me, it's a great excuse to get outside and play games. But, after one step into the heat wave, it can be tempting to get back indoors stat -- before melting! My good sportsmanship can disappear at the thought of playing anything that comes with physical exercion.

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But we don't need to let the heat stop our fun in the sun! Here are three top outdoor games you can play this summer without breaking a sweat. If you have so much fun that you decide you'd like to invest in one of these games, we included some deluxe versions to splurge on!

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1. Bocce Ball. Nothing can be as frustrating and fun as a game of aim. Get a functional nine-piece set with carrying case or upgrade to professional grade with a set from Franklin Sports. (Splurge: Jaques $59.99)

2. Badminton. The dainty lady's tennis. It's as easy as scoping out a spot of green and pitching a net. You can pick up a simple Dunlop four-player set or throw in a volleyball for Franklin's advanced set. (Splurge: Jaques $59.99)

3. Frisbee. Still the simplest and cheapest outdoor sport. While ultimate-frisbee aficionados have found a way to break a major sweat throwing around a near-weightless plastic disc, the sport remains just as versatile for the low-key twosome passing it back and forth. Grab a glow-in-the-dark disc for games that can go far past dusk. (Splurge: Ultimate Frisbee $19)

Photograph courtesy of frank3.0 on Flickr.

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