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Top 10 Health
Benefits of Playing Squash
Here are the Top 10 from Health Fitness Revolution
Compels flexibility –
Since the constant movement – particularly movement outside typical range of
motion – is so often required in a game of squash, your joints and ligaments
are able to stretch, promoting elasticity and blood flow in the body. If you
can make a save by covering a good portion of the court with a deep lunge
and a stretch of your racquet, you can save yourself energy and decrease
your chance of missing the ball. Constantly playing squash will improve your
flexibility, ensuring your muscles get the most stretch out of every game.
Imposes strength and fitness:
Playing squash helps you gain power and the ability to apply force. In this
case, it’s applying the swing of your racquet to hit the ball as hard, fast
and accurate as you can. The strength required in a game of squash will help
you tone your legs, arms and abdomen while the cardio involved in the
face-paced game of squash will also help maintain a healthy weight. Using
your lower and upper body muscles at the same time paired with the intensity
of stop-and-sprint movements can burn a ton of calories – an average of 500
calories in 30 minutes.
Improves self-confidence – After a game of squash, players develop a sense of accomplishment and confidence, regardless of whether or not you won the game. Knowing one has competed to the best of their physical ability – especially in a game so intense as squash – enables a boost in self-esteem and a feeling of sureness characterized by certainty of ability.
Ensures mental well-being – If you are a beginner at squash, your practice is 95% physical and 5% mental. Once physical conditioning is improved, practice becomes 95% mental and 5% physical. Instead of focusing on catching your breath and not missing the ball, you can now focus on game strategy. Concentrating on the ball, your opponent and your surroundings will boost your mental alertness and spatial awareness.
Alleviates stress – Squash acts as a wonderful stress reliever, especially after a particularly demanding day. If your’re feeling angry or frustrated about work, home life or whatever else is grinding your gears, a round of squash can help you “squash out” those negative feelings by taking out all your anger on the court as you slam the ball as hard as you can against the wall. What comes next is a feeling of satisfaction and relief as your negative energy is used up for physical energy in the game.
Derek Thorpe Try squash and you'll see.