Everybody knows that engaging in sports and physical activity is vital to good health. Indeed, all over the world, people are encouraged to take part in some sort of sport. Every sport, as such, is healthy. Furthermore, although some sports are healthier than others, there isn’t a sport that is not good for you. Hence, when selecting which sport to take part in, you should not just consider which one is the healthiest, but also what sort of risks are involved in the activity and what kind of fitness level is expected. Let’s take a look at the four healthiest sports around.
Squash is a high risk sport. Players must be wary of getting hit by the ball itself or other people’s rackets, or smashing into the wall. However, it is also said to be the healthiest sport of all due to the high levels of calorie burning.
You bend, lunge, jump, and twist, working your upper body, explosiveness, endurance, and core. You’ll burn more than 1,000 calories an hour.
Squash players become more flexible and it is both a cardiovascular and strength building exercise. In addition, it builds up lower body strength, as well as quickness. It provides an all around health boost, in other words.
Rowing is a sport that builds both strength and endurance. And other than falling in the water, no dangers are associated with the sport. After all, there is no risk of a heavy weight falling on you. Also, you can even remove the risk of falling in the water by using one of the rowing machines in the gym. These machines build lean muscle and give a full body workout. While it is not one of the greatest calorie burners, it is an fantastic sport for building physical fitness.
With each stroke, pretty much every part of the body is used. And it may let you skip crunches—for good. A big part of rowing is core strength. People think it’s all arms, but rowing is much more legs and core.
3. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a true anaerobic sport as it requires you to move with short bursts of energy, after which, you will be in static rest for an extended period of time. You alternate between stretching your muscles and contracting them. The result of this is beautiful lean and long muscles that do not become bulky like they do with weight lifters. It does not, however, set the heart rate going, which means it isn’t aerobic at all. Nevertheless, the overall benefits of the sport are impressive.
Because you’re working a number of different muscle groups when you rock climb, you’ll increase your strength and muscle definition by rock climbing regularly. A review published in 2011 in the Journal of Human Kinetics reports that elite rock climbers often have low body mass indexes, low body fat percentages, and increased handgrip strengths.
The sport burns around 800 calories per hour. It also helps with chronic disease prevention. Furthermore, it is a sport with excellent psychological advantages as it has been demonstrated to help fight depression.
Then, there is swimming. This is fantastic for improved muscular endurance and cardiovascular health. However, swimming is not necessarily a good fat burner, unless you try interval training. If, for instance, you swim the length of the pool as fast as you can twice and then rest, you will also increase your calorie burning abilities. Swimming is also beneficial because it is a gentle sport without any risks (other than drowning, of course). As such, it is perfect for people with arthritis or mobility issues, or those who are overweight.