Soccer for a fitter mind and body


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Soccer for a fitter mind and body

Football engages players to sprint, run fast or slow - with sudden balance shifts, and build stamina.

Since the play during soccer is continuous, it's extremely effective for fitness and cardiovascular health. Playing football has been shown to have significant benefits to health and wellbeing, combining this with having fun seems to be the best choice as it stops an activity becoming boring or tedious. It has now been precisely proven that football helps health in many ways. Let's have a look.

Increases aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health

Football player's run around a lot, thus their body can transport oxygen around the body and to the cells and muscles that require it more efficiently. Hence increasing the aerobic capacity of body.

Due to continuous aerobic based movements, it is a good signifier of how well their heart and lungs work together to supply the body with oxygen, hence enhancing the level of an individual's cardio-vascular health.

This is essential to delay the onset of fatigue during training, which is important for football fitness.

Improves muscle tone

Soccer is a great game to maintain your muscle tone. It is a game with constant movement which continuously keeps your muscles engaged over longer duration.

Trailing over your rival team, kicking the ball for a goal and jumping for headers are all exercises that build muscle in your legs and torso.

Builds strength and endurance

Soccer improves endurance; it also helps in increasing cardio capacity, which allows soccer players to run for a longer duration.

It is more favorable than working out in a gym, as soccer allows you to perform various movements like sprinting, running, jumping etc.

Increases bone strength

Regular sessions of football training put pressure on your bones which can help boost strength and flexibility in joints. Football helps build and maintain strong, healthy bones and helps prevent thinning of bones, later in life.

Improves co-ordination

Soccer helps improve your hand-eye coordination, when players either kick the ball or receive a pass from someone.

Body coordination is improved because of difficult movements like dribbling, turning and passing, which are performed at varying speed and direction.

Weight loss

Football can burn about 350-400 calories at one go, along with increasing your metabolism.

Due to this, it can help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity.

Stress buster

Soccer can have positive effects on how you feel. It can improve your mood, raise your self-esteem, reduce stress and help you sleep better.

Other benefits include

-Builds teamwork.

-Builds flexibility

-Helps you think on-the-go.

-Helps to increase concentration, persistence and self-discipline.

-It teaches determination, responsibility, and patience.

-Reduces anxiety.

So, why wait? Grab your spikes and try this sport. It is relatively easy to learn, so beginners can easily join in and play basic soccer for leisure.

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