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Racquet Sports: The Perfect Way to Stay Fit

0 Comments Active Living   (on 14-May-2018 03:58 AM)

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you – the winter has finally departed and in its wake is one of the most pleasant springs in recent memory. Although not every weekend will be scorching, the longer days, brighter sun and generally warmer temperatures mean it’s the perfect time to climb up from off the couch and get back into shape.


From gym memberships to running in the park, there are countless ways to keep fit and here at Trago, we’re determined to help you succeed in whichever way you go about it. It’s why we supply a wide range of sports and leisure equipment both online and in store.


But when you’re trying to get fit and stay fit, what’s the best sport? The answer is racquet sports.


Running the gamut from tennis to badminton via squash and more, racquet sports are the fun, fast and friendly way to get fit.


That’s not just our opinion though, because the science backs it up too. Indeed, a peer review study carried out by a number of UK and EU universities was carried out, looking at the impact on regular racquet sports, swimming, aerobics, cycling, running, football and rugby on 80,306 individuals aged between 30 and 98 over the course of nine years.


The results were startling, finding that racquet sports had the highest impact on overall and cardiovascular health.


For each of sports included, researchers compared the chances of being alive at the end of the study, accounting for the seasonal nature of some sports. What they found was that those who regularly played rracquet sports were 47% less likely to die of any cause and 56% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease.


Those numbers compared extremely favourably to the results of 15% lower risk of death (RoD) for cyclists, 28% lower RoD for swimmers and 27% lower RoD for those doing aerobics. The research didn’t find a statistically significant reduced chance of death for those running or taking part in football.


Clearly then, racquet sports have a profound effect on the overall health of the body, but why? Well, primarily, racquet sports involve types of movement which aren’t found in other sports. Namely, lateral movement. Almost all exercise has you moving forwards and forwards alone.


Racquet sports, on the other hand, require you to move forwards, backwards and side to side, helping to improve balance and weight shifting, acting to reduce the risk of falling. Those movements and requirements to stretch also strengthen lesser-used muscle groups, improving overall body fitness and reducing the risk of damage.


Add to that the vast cardiovascular benefits of racquet sports and you’ve got a recipe for incredible fitness. It’s not just your body which benefits from racquet sports though, because your brain feels the benefits too, sharpening your decision-making skills and fine motor control as you anticipate and control the ball around the court.


Quite simply, racquet sports are an amazing way to get fit, get to know new people and keep your mind sharp. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a racquet and head out there!

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