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Five Non-Extreme Sports With Significant Health Benefits

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Five Non-Extreme Sports With Significant Health Benefits

In order to reap the fitness rewards from sports, you don't have to climb Mount Everest. Although extreme workouts can speed up the process of body sculpting, there are more casual activities that have plenty of health benefits to offer. The following are five sports to consider when your goal is to feel better about your health:


Five Non-Extreme Sports 

with Significant Health Benefits 


Cycling

While some behind the wheel of an automobile might view your presence on a bicycle as a nuisance, remember that you have the same right to be on the road that they have. As you watch drivers whiz by as they sit in an air-conditioned cabin (hopefully not with their middle fingers extended toward you), understand that your choice to pedal around results in the following health benefits:

  • Increases muscle tone 
  • Improves flexibility 
  • Decreases body fat 
  • Helps posture 

Swimming

If you have access to a pool, you should use it more often. Even if you don't begin a regimen of swimming laps each day, just being in a pool will increase your movement and expose your body to sunlight. However, regularly swimming laps will offer the following health benefits:

  • Builds endurance 
  • Increases lung capacity 
  • Promotes weight loss 
  • Alleviates stress 

Basketball

Although basketball is most fun when played with others, it's an activity that can be done alone. And all you need is a ball and a court -- which isn't hard to find. Even if you're just shooting hoops in your driveway, you're constantly moving and developing a skill. Here are more of basketball's health benefits:

  • Develops motor skills 
  • Promotes cardiovascular health 
  • Boosts immune system 
  • Increases concentration 
Non-Extreme Sports basketball

Tennis

While you must have a partner to play a true match, you can still practice your serve alone and achieve aerobic benefits. Also, many courts have a wall that you can hit against. Whichever way you play, here are some ways that playing tennis will benefit your health:
  • Increases aerobic capacity 
  • Improves bone density 
  • Decreases reaction times 
  • Lowers body fat 

Golf

Golf might look leisurely, but spending hours on a course can improve your health (so long as you don't fill up on too many beers and hot dogs in the clubhouse). Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced player, Hampton Golf has a selection of beautiful courses you can play. They even offer golf lessons for teens. Here are some of the overall health benefits of the sport:

  • Improves flexibility 
  • Increases Vitamin D exposure 
  • Develops coordination 
  • Builds concentration 

Regardless of which sport you decide to play, just remember that the most important decision is to just do something other than gluing yourself to the sofa. After all, motion is the potion to improve your overall health.


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