May is National Physical Activity and Sports Month — the perfect time to highlight the benefits of playing sports.
According to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Americans of all ages need to incorporate more movement into their daily lives. Adults need at least 30 minutes of activity, five days each week.
The Association for Applied Sport Psychology reports that the mental health benefits of sports include improved self-esteem, improved confidence and pride in physical accomplishments.
Incorporating sports into your workout regimen can help you kick it up a notch. Team sports can also help you meet new friends or reconnect with old ones. Besides, hitting the same gym routine can get boring after a few months. Mix things up by getting sporty this month!
Hoop It Up
Basketball Benefits: Many communities have recreational leagues for a variety of skill levels. Basketball is a fun cardio sport that can be played indoors or out. If you don’t have a full team of five, you can always play one-on-one or three-on-three.
A Fitness Ace
Tennis Benefits: When it comes to burning major calories, tennis is no racket. Many public parks offer free tennis courts, and the required equipment — balls and a racket — isn’t very expensive. Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, tennis is excellent cardio conditioning.
Golf Benefits: Golf is a relaxing sport that can be played solo or as part of a group. Golf makes a perfect walking activity for all fitness levels and ages since it’s a slower-paced sport. The average 18-hole round of golf includes five miles of walking. A study showed golfers who walk 36 holes per week will burn around 2,900 calories.