Basketball is a sport which we all have played at some point in our life. Whether you are out shooting hoops by yourself, playing a game of basketball every Tuesday after office or on an elite competitive team, basketball is a great way to get fit and stay in shape. Below, are the reasons why you should keep playing the game-
Burns calories- All the running, jumping and the quick lateral movements done in basketball provides you with a significant amount of Aerobic exercise and can burn a lot of calories.
Great for cardiovascular health- Basketball can help you develop cardiovascular endurance. Keep moving and you will be able to keep your heart rate up. Building endurance can help you to keep your heart healthy, which would, in turn, reduce the risk of heart disease and Stroke later in life.
Develops concentration and self-discipline- Like any other sport, basketball has rules which you need to follow, and breaking them can result in penalties not just for you, but for your team. This helps in practising self-discipline, which helps one to become more competitive yet fair in their game and more focused in succeeding.
Builds bone strength- Jumping and other physical activities which go with the sport, develops and improves your bone health. The stronger your bones become, the less likely they are to decay.
Better motor skills and coordination- Free-throw shooting and jump-shooting are particularly helpful for training hand-eye coordination. Rebounding missed shots is another skill that requires a great degree of full-body coordination. The third basic basketball skill, dribbling, requires a finer degree of coordination. When first learning basketball, dribbling trains the hand-eye coordination; once that skill is mastered, a player will no longer look at the ball while dribbling and the skill will become a pure motor coordination task.
Strength training- Basketball provides the perfect full-body workout you need. It can help you to develop useful, lean muscles. In this physically intensive sport, basketball players are dependent on effective body positioning and the ability to maintain it when an opponent is pushing against him.
Improves spatial awareness- Spatial awareness is about knowing where your body is in space and time. Ever wondered how a dog and a cat always lands on its feet? It’s because of body awareness. It helps you to maintain balance.
Mental development- This sport requires as much of mental skills as that of physical skills. When researched on the mental skills required for basketball, it has been seen that players must develop a great deal of attention to quickly and accurately process what’s going on the court and make effective decisions about the game on that.
Reduces stress and boosts the immune system- Decreasing stress will help you to focus and have more energy to complete any given task. Playing basketball and other sports helps in reducing stress and gives players the opportunity to socialize. People who are social are less likely suffer from Depression, and also tend to have a stronger immune system.
So go ahead and challenge yourself and your friends to a game of basketball.