Get the Benefits

Get the Benefits

Playing basketball is not only good for having fun, but as it turns out, it also has many health benefits.

And why not? This is a technical sport. It requires a lot of aggression, power, energy and fast movement. At the same time, it also requires one to be mentally alert, to be able to make fast mental calculations and judgments. Thus, you can see that you have to be quite fit to play basketball. Even if you do not feel very fit right now, basketball can help make you fit.  

What are some of the health benefits that you will enjoy from basketball?

Enhances motor coordination

Two men playing ball

Basketball is a game of the mind as much as it is a game of the physical. In this game, you will have to cultivate perfect hand, leg, eye and mind coordination. Actually, if you have been having challenges concentrating on one activity for some time, basketball can help you with that. Thus, if you have been having attention problems with your students, you can introduce basketball and see how it helps them.

Basketball helps tone the muscles

Just imagine the amount of muscle exercises that you get from making those high jumps on the court. Your hands are loaded with the ball, you have been running around a lot and have been involving your body in exercise in different ways. All these give you a perfect way to tone your muscles. Thus, if you would like to look like George Clooney but on a low budget, just install a basketball hoop in your yard and make good use of it.

You will lose weight

Feet on scale

This is not a matter of chance, but the truth is that you will lose weight when you start playing basketball. The volume of activity, the running back and forth, the jumping and the shooting involved burns a lot of calories. Researchers say that your body can burn up to 750 calories in one hour of playing basketball. Thus, if you have been looking for a fun way to lose weight, toss basketball into the picture. Remember, you have to play consistently to see good results.

It enhances your heart rate

Your heart slows down as you age. However, for good cardiovascular health, you need to keep the heart rate up. Basketball offers you the perfect treadmill for that, it is good for the heart. With the to and fro movements on the court, the speed involved and the jumps, your heart has no choice but to increase its beating rate. Whenever you play basketball, know that you are lowering your risk of suffering from stroke in future.

Boosts your mood

Happy man holding ball

Is bad mood a health issue? You bet it is. It happens because there is an imbalance of the good vs bad hormones in your system. When you play basketball, the effect is almost the same as that of having sex. You feel happier, more contented and … just incredible. The reason for this is that the level of the feel-good hormones such as dopamine and serotonin rises in your system. This makes you feel elated. The release of the feel-good hormones also enhances the performance of the immune system. 

Build your bones

Bone health deteriorates when you sit down for too long. However, when you are involved in as energetic a game as basketball, you build your bones. 

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