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Basketball Health Benefits: Get in the Zone

We know, we know….ESPN College Basketball has made for a permanent indentation on your couch. How about taking a play from your favorite team athletes and shooting hoops yourself? Not only will this save on season tickets (or couch potato munchies and beer), but it could help get you into shape this spring…before football season starts!

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world to watch on TV, but let’s get you back in the game! Basketball involves two teams of five active players each trying to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10 foot high hoop and is played on both indoor and outdoor courts.

Basketball is a fast moving game that involves a lot of variety including shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense, trash talking and much more!

Health benefits of basketball:
Basketball involves a lot of starting and stopping. While not renowned as an aerobic sport, it is still a great workout that can help you:

Burn calories! (an hour of basketball can burn 630–750 calories).
Build endurance.
Improve coordination.
Develop concentration and self-discipline.
Build up muscle.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the training effects of activities like basketball are most apparent at exercise intensities that exceed 50 percent of a person’s exercise capacity (maximum heart rate). If you’re physically active regularly for longer periods or at greater intensity, you’re likely to benefit more. But don’t overdo it. Too much exercise can give you sore muscles and increase the risk of injury.

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen or insect repellent, drink lots of water and bring your friends to cheer lead!

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