Health is wealth. This adage never goes old and is true in its entirety. But there’s more to being healthy and we know by now that involves a good combination of the right meals, rest and exercise. But that last one always seems to get people raising their eyebrows. Exercising isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but there are ways to do it that makes it fun. Take football for instance.
Football, also known as soccer in America, is the most popular of all ball games all over the globe. It’s been around for centuries with a lush and interesting history behind it. But that’s not what we’re here for. Today, we’ll all find out why this sport is not only fun but it also promotes a healthier body and lifestyle.
The sport helps improve one’s aerobic capacity and better cardiovascular health. An average player runs 7 to 9.5 miles per game. It involves a lot of cardiovascular workout from all the walking, jogging and running. This helps keep the heart rate up, strengthens the heart, reduces blood pressure, burns calories, helps resists plaque build-up in the coronary arteries and improves blood circulation to name a few.
It’s also known for reducing body fat and developing strong and lean muscles. As mentioned, it’s a great overall workout which burns fat and cholesterol all while building muscle. This is highly attributed to the constant need of players to switch between aerobic and anaerobic movements repeatedly. Plus, the movement required for the various parts of the body promotes overall strength.
Football also strengthens the bones. As we grow old, the skeletal frame tends to weaken and go brittle. But it’s not the same for athletes. The game exposes the bones to several and repeated weight-bearing loads during a match which over time fortifies it and helps keep and maintain bone density even as one ages.
It helps alleviate and relieve one’s unsteadiness and tottering. The sport promotes body coordination. Hand-eye coordination is one. The movements required to play the game requires a combination of complex movements. For instance, kicking a goal will not only necessitate movement from the foot but also of the entire body from the legs, to the eyes, to the arms that keep one’s balance. The more we play, the more the body gets accustomed to these movements thus improving our coordination. Health-wise this is great because we get to avoid accidents and develop faster reflexes.