According to SoftballPerformance.com, over and above 25 million people in the United States participate in softball. Commonly considered baseball's little sister, softball originated in 1887 and continues to gain popularity. Though softball will never surpass America's beloved baseball past time, softball offers countless benefits for the average American male or female. Spring and summer impart the crowning time for softball, with numerous local leagues emerging around this period. But even if you are not interested in playing in a league, you can still partake in softball with friends and family. Here are three reasons to play softball this season.
According to Dr. Edward Laskowski of the Mayo Clinic, the average grown-up should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Of course, most adults are so active that a daily visit to the gym is nearly impossible. But by joining in a recreational softball game once a week, elders can accomplish their 150 minutes of aerobic exercise in one afternoon. Softball also introduces short bursts of cardio, a regimen often conducted in prominent fitness classes.
Friendship has perpetually been associated with a richer and healthier life. By participating in the less competitive sport of softball, you and your acquaintances will boost the happiness in life and lessen the stress. Many times, friends lose touch over several years because of life drama and blemishes. But a long standing softball schedule once a week will keep friends in communication and keep the stress levels flat.
Another benefit of a weekly softball game is weight loss. If you affix the fitness you get from softball with a weekly diet regimen, you'll be able to drop some weight without it feeling like it's burdensome work. I had a friend Mike who exhausted 23 pounds over a three month period from softball and eating correctly. He said it was the easiest thing he ever did. The reason it was so efficient was because the exercise was distracting and with friends.
Unfortunately, I haven't played softball yet this season. But for the last several years I shared in several games and it did wonders for my attitude and outlook on life. The exercise and camaraderie just made me feel like a different person. I am looking forward to playing a few games later in the season.
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