They say that sports are good for you and we completely agree. This is why today we decided to shine the spotlight on the world’s favorite, football, and dissect how it impacts the body in its most physical sense.
There’s a reason why football is said to build cardiovascular or heart health. A single player runs an average of five to seven miles per game with others even reaching 9.5 miles. Running is the most common and effective form of cardio. It stabilizes heart rate, improves blood circulation, resists plaque buildup in the coronary arteries and burns a lot of calories. Apart from running, there’s a lot of walking, jogging and jumping too.
It burns fat and bad cholesterol. There’s a lot of exercise that happens in this sport. Overtime, players develop great aerobic capacity as they are able to switch from walking to sprinting to recovering and back at it again with ease and in repetition. All that helps burn a lot of body fat and in a natural way too. The need to go from aerobic to anaerobic movements even does this faster than any other sport.
It strengthens the bones. Playing the sport helps increase bone density. The built up mechanical load during training and playtime accelerates the process of deposition thereby encouraging the body to build and develop a stronger skeletal frame.
Get strong and toned muscles. Many people get muscles but not everyone develops them strong. This is why many nutritionists note of “fake muscles”. They look tones and lean but they’re not strong. They’re merely just for show. We don’t want that. By playing football, the body gets both: strength and toned muscles. And when we mean strength it’s the overall because the sport requires all areas of the body to move, hold, kick and stop the ball across a huge field of opponents.
It develops flexibility. Because players have to shift from aerobic to anaerobic energy pathways and moving fast to halting to sprinting and all that, flexibility is developed. This helps the body avoid and resist injury when it comes to physical activity and even unexpected situations.
Football helps increase immune function. Playing the sport even for fun requires a lot of physical and mental activity. By subjecting the body to these small and tolerable amounts of stress on repeat teaches it to be stronger. In a way, it helps make it immune to getting easily sick or tired.