Monday, February 23, 2015

Volleyball as a Fun and Fitness Sport

Volleyball is one of those popular past time sports that can improve coordination, health, and strength while still having fun.  Engaging in volleyball on a regular basis helps to significantly improve your overall fitness without engaging in routine activity. Jumping, bumping, setting, diving, spiking all contribute a coordinate body that can adjust, shift and move to keep a ball in the air. 

Coordination: It takes time to build the coordination to play volleyball well. At first you will notice that the ball you hit doesn’t move in the direction intended. Over time and with continuous practice you will get better and so will your overall coordination as you learn to connect mind and body into a coordinated activity.

Weight loss:  A 155 lb. person who engages in beach volleyball for a half hour will burn 298 calories versus 149 for jogging (1). Volleyball is one of the most intensive sports that requires significant amount of energy to ensure to keep a ball in play. 

Trying to Get in Shape
Muscle Tone: Sprinters have great bodies because their muscles grow from the regular burst of energy. Volleyball incorporates the use of your legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, and the rest of your body in a fast twitch situation making muscle growth more likely.

Cardiovascular System:  Raising your heart rate on a regular basis helps to develop a stronger cardiovascular system that can more efficiently move blood and oxygen throughout the body. Volleyball offers lots of cardo burning effort as you complete jumps, dives and leaps.  The spiking of your heartbeat will make a big difference in heart health.

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