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The ultimate health and fitness benefits of basketball

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world, and for good reason. Since its inception in a humble gym shed as a way to condition young athletes way back in 1891, games with basketball hoops have grown to be one of the world's most loved sports.

Basketball is fun to play, fun to watch and can just as easily be played with a full team, as a duo or even solo on your trampoline! You can have an informal game down in the park with friends or make it ultra-competitive by attaching a set to your 360 Pro swing set. The choice is yours, and basketball doesn’t lose any of its fun with a different play setting.

Health and fitness of basketball

We all know that exercise is great for your health, but did you know that basketball is one of the most intense sports that you can do – thanks to the fact that you use your whole body while doing it? In fact, just one hour of basketball can burn 728 calories for a person of average weight and fitness!

We took a look at some of basketball's biggest health and fitness benefits, so that next time you’re thinking of getting out to play some sports, you’ll jump to basketball first!

Basketball – Burn lots of calories

We mentioned the caloric impact of playing basketball above, but this figure is even more exciting when you compare it to other potential activities. The number of calories burned will depend on your level of activity and your overall weight, but next to boxing and other high intensity sports, basketball may just be the most fun way to get fit.

Basketball – Improve your heart health

Basketball improves heart health

Whether you’re getting out onto the court or into the backyard with a Basketball Set on your Vuly trampoline, you'll know soon enough that basketball is fast paced and often unpredictable. You might be going in for a layup or darting side to side in defence, but no matter what you’re doing, your heart rate is up and you're getting in a great workout.

Heart health is really important for a long and fulfilling life, and working out on the basketball court or while you're bouncing is a wonderful way to get some incidental exercise while having a great time.

Basketball – Make your muscles stronger

Regular weight-bearing exercise is vital for the health of your bones and body. When you're out playing basketball and shooting hoops, you're turning, pivoting, running, jumping and twisting.

This kind of activity makes your body work all over and helps to increase the strength of your muscles. This, in turn, supports your skeletal system and improves overall posture. Not bad for a quick game of two-on-two!

Basketball – Build your bone strength

As with your muscles, any kind of exercise that requires your body to bear weight stimulates the growth of new bone tissue. Basketball is an effective and fun way to enhance the density of your bones, while still being plenty of fun.

The Osteoporosis Australia organisation recommends that everyone engage in regular weight-bearing exercise as a way to build bone strength (osteogenic capacity). In fact, basketball is rated as a highly osteogenic exercise, alongside things like jump rope and tennis.

Basketball builds bones
Source: Osteoporosis Australia

Basketball – Boost your immune system

Looking to boost your immune system naturally? You need to engage in regular exercise! The benefits of regular movement on your ability to combat illness are well known, and it's been shown that moderate and regular exercise has a protective effect on your body.

Make sure that you keep your exercise up throughout the year, with a quick and fun game of basketball on the driveway, down at the park or on your trampoline!

Basketball – Get better coordination

The primary objective of basketball is to get the ball through the small hoop. This is no easy feat, as anyone who watched the Lakers play the Cavaliers in the NBA finals knows. As a result of the expertise and skill needed to play basketball, a player’s hand-eye coordination improves markedly over time.

Indeed, regular basketball results in the improvement of a range of physical skills, and hand-eye coordination is chief among them.

Basketball – Enhnace your spatial awareness

Basketball enhances spacial awareness

You need to know where your defence is, where your offence is, and where the ball needs to go, to get anywhere in basketball. A key part of this is honing your spatial awareness. This is a happy side effect of playing regular basketball, but it has a wealth of benefits for you in your life.

Spatial awareness is important for a child’s depth perception and relates to their physical understanding of distance and where the body is in space.

 

Next time you’re thinking of getting out and getting some exercise, choose basketball! It’s one of the most effective ways to get fit, and it just happens to be a whole lot of fun.

Combined with bouncing on a trampoline, which has very similar effects on your body, makes baketball even more effective! Choose basketball and bouncing, and choose better health and fitness. 

19 June, 2018

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