Hoops for Health

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world, it's not only fun to watch, it's fun to play!  Whether shooting baskets, playing one-on-one, or participating in a competive game, basketball is a enjoyable way to exercise.  

 

Basketball is a fast moving game involving running, jumping, pivoting, and twisting.  My favorite aspect of playing hoops?  My gym is green…so it's the time spent exercising outdoors.  The average person spends up to 90% of their time indoors.  Most of us wake up, drive to work, work all day, workout at the gym, and drive home to finish close the day relaxing with the family around the house.  It is not uncommon for an entire week to come and go without spending even an hour in the fresh air.  Intuitively, people are drawn to the benefits of being outdoors, the most important being the enhanced sense of well-being.  In addition, basketball is a wonderful recreational physical activity that burns calories, improves cardiovascular health, builds muscle, and improves coordination.

 

It has been years since I picked up a basketball, but I enthusiastically accepted an invitation to play a half court game outdoors with the kids and adults in my neighborhood.  I was having a blast and didn't even notice that I was drenched with sweat.  I did grab my heart rate monitor when I headed out, and in 45 minutes I burned 347 calories, bonus!  If you would like to find out approximately how many calories YOU would burn playing basketball, try using a free online calculator.  It is important to check with a physician before starting an exercise program.  To avoid injury, be sure to warm up before jumping on the court, progress into the activity slowly, and stretch after the game.

 

I had such a great time that I rushed out to get my own basketball in order to practice my skills between neighborhood games.  I found this Baden basketball made from recycled rubber. 

 

Bball 1Bball 2

 

Reuniting with basketball, my gym is green in more ways than one.

 

Learn more about Stacy Walters, RKT at www.fittogarden.com

 

 

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