Running, throwing, jumping – no other sport is as natural as light athletics. Here, movements are practised that helped our most primitive ancestors to survive and hunt animals. The main benefit of light athletics is that a wide range of talents come into use and extreme athleticism is not always required. Strength and the right technique are required for shot-putting, good stamina with running, and with the high jump it is not only good jumping strength that is required, but also courage and a strong will. In this way everyone will find a discipline they are good at. That makes it fun and good for confidence.
The youth hostels in the Rhineland have known about the positive aspects of this varied sport for a long time. The Wipperfürth Sports Youth Hostel in particular is a popular accommodation for fans of light athletics. Just 100 metres from the youth hostel there is a light athletics stadium with a tartan track – ideal conditions for training camps and preparation for competitions.
But with light athletics, it is fun to watch as well as to take part in. The Olympics and the World Light Athletics Championship are a magnet for audiences who are not only die-hard sports fans. What is more exciting than the 100 metres final or when the bar is touched lightly during a high jump? Will the new world record be broken? Many youth hostels in the Rhineland have cosy and inviting bars and bistros with big screens that you can follow the exciting moments on live.