Don't know if it's already been said but Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When you spar it's an insane work out, you learn practical self defence skills and become more flexible. Plus you get belts, and it sounds awesome to say you're an xxxxxx belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Once you get past white anyway.
(Original post by Tinberry)
Im nearer Glasgow but might look into some teams.
Is girls rugby quite rough? I have bad knees :/
Anyone tried Roller Derby?
It's rough, but not in a dirty way. I mean obviously its a contact sport so you expect a few knocks but its all within the rules so as long as you learn techniques youre unlikely to get injured at all.
I used to play all sorts of sports mostly back-yard or pavement style. Nothing beats only basic rules at times Now I favor playing soccer,field hockey, basketball, and football. These focus on speed, agility, and strength. If you consider this a sport,I dance mostly. This focuses on flexibility, timing (speed), agility, as well as strength and technique. Dance and martial arts are the same in those ways (one lacks creaitvity I know used to be in it). hopefully that gives you some alt. perspective!
OP, I recommend either of these. I play both and they are both very fun. There's nothing like the feeling of scoring a try or cutting through defence or doing a really good tackle in rugby, or catching or bowling someone out or hitting a four in cricket. The rules of both can seem a bit complicated at first if the sports are completely new to you, but you soon pick them up. Socially rugby is awesome, the tours are great and there's usually regular socials - rugby is renowned for its social side. It's good for fitness as well because of the amount of stop-start running and tackling you do. (Though the fitter you are the better in cricket as well.)
Gotta say if you want good full body exercise go for rowing or swimming - but be careful, both are very addictive and can end up taking over your life... not that I'm saying thats a bad thing of course!