The Top Health and Fitness Benefits of Playing Squash

Pretty much everyone is aware of doctor recommendations concerning exercise. Most will tell you, unsolicited, that you need a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise; (as in, more than walking) 3-4 times a week in order to remain healthy. Many will recommend more and some will even suggest activities; especially if you happen to be one of the many adults in the overweight or obese category (and thereby at increased risk for common disorders like heart disease and diabetes, just to name a couple). However, if you want to get healthy while also seeing to your relative state of fitness; including reducing stress and improving strength, endurance, muscle tone, respiratory function, flexibility, and coordination, then a high-intensity sport like squash could be just what the doctor ordered.

Let’s just start by saying that there are many overall benefits to taking up the sport of squash. For one thing, it is played indoors, which means that even if you live in a climate prone to cold winter weather you can still partake of this fabulous sport year-round. In addition, it’s not terribly expensive to equip yourself for this sport; all you really need is an appropriate racquet, a couple of balls, court shoes (those that will grip rather than slip on the indoor surface), and perhaps some workout clothing (although you might also want to spring for some protective gear, like goggles, considering you’re dealing with high-velocity projectiles).

Health and Fitness

When it comes to your health and fitness, the benefits can’t be beat. Most people exercise for a variety of reasons. They may want to lose or gain weight, slim down and tone or build muscle through bulking, or simply improve their respiratory function to the point that they can walk up a flight of stairs without panting. And most people, regardless of their end goal, would like to have some fun in the process. Squash is a game that can help you to reach nearly any fitness objective while still seeing the state of your overall health.

Because it is a fast-paced game, it provides for a great cardio workout. This means that practitioners stand to improve cardio-pulmonary function while shedding unwanted pounds of fat. However, they are also likely to replace flab with tight, lean muscles thanks to the constant demand of moving at a variety of levels (crouching down, reaching out, short sprints, etc.). Hand-eye coordination is also likely to improve along with reflexes, flexibility, and endurance. It might not be super useful for those looking to bulk up, but since most bulkers also engage in cutting (losing fat while gaining muscle) as part of their regimen, this could be an excellent supplemental exercise.

Most people are too busy to think much about their health, right up until they find themselves facing a potentially threatening situation, like heart or liver disease testing, for example. But such a wakeup call is all that is needed to prompt a lifestyle change. And if you decide to make exercise a part of turning over a new leaf, squash is one sport that pretty much anyone can have fun with while working to improve their health and fitness.

 

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