Squash the benefits

July 22, 2018


Squash
is a fast-moving sport and is an excellent cardiovascular workout. It is a game that can be played at any age and is easy to learn. There are many modified game types and various equipment can be used to suit every size and skill level, enabling squash to played as either a leisure or competitive sport. Squash has even been recognized as the number one health and fitness sport.

Devlops agility – Leaping, spinning, stopping, bending, jumping, sprinting and running are just some of the moves the body has to make in a game of squash. As such, the sport requires and fosters its players to be nimble. Doing these movements conditions squash athletes to be agile in being able to quickly stop, start, and change direction. Squash teaches quickness and equilibrium around the court, especially the power of the first explosive step and challenges speed by forcing you to move quickly while maintaining a strong and balanced position, which is required to hit a ball hard and accurately.

Sharpens hand-eye coordination – Squash promotes good hand-eye coordination as repeatedly seeing the ball and adjusting your body and hand so you can hit it back under competitive stress forces the body to hone in on target and destination. The coordinated control of eye movement, hand movement and the processing of what you see to guide one’s reach boosts accuracy and promotes finesse of movement. Since hand-eye coordination tends to decrease when we stop participating in activities that foster this type of coordination, squash is a premier sport to ensure your coordination abilities are well-developed.

Compels flexibility – Since the constant movement – particularly movement outside typical range of motion – is so often required in a game of squash, your joints and ligaments are able to stretch, promoting elasticity and blood flow in the body. If you can make a save by covering a good portion of the court with a deep lunge and a stretch of your racquet, you can save yourself energy and decrease your chance of missing the ball. Constantly playing squash will improve your flexibility, ensuring your muscles get the most stretch out of every game.

Pinpoints concentration – From the very start of the game, your eyes are sharply fixated on the ball at all times. Focusing where it hits and knowing where and how it will bounce back ensures mental and visual concentration, while your other peripheral vision concentrates on  your opponent’s movements in hopes of catching them off guard.

 

Imposes strength and fitness: Playing squash helps you gain power and the ability to apply force. In this case, it’s applying the swing of your racquet to hit the ball as hard, fast and accurate as you can. The strength required in a game of squash will help you tone your legs, arms and abdomen while the cardio involved in the face-paced game of squash will also help maintain a healthy weight. Using your lower and upper body muscles at the same time paired with the intensity of stop-and-sprint movements can burn a ton of calories – an average of 500 calories in 30 minutes.

Boosts cardiovascular health: Squash has you running, jumping, leaping, and diving for the ball so your heart and lungs are working at peak efficiency. An intense game of squash will keep your heart rate up at all times, making your heart muscle stronger as more blood pumps to the brain and the rest of your body.  This boost endurance and stamina as more oxygen is supplied to the muscles.

Coaches social skills – Because you need at least one other person to play squash, many squash centers and clubs offer friendly tournaments and games to ensure that those who are interested in squash have someone to play with, allowing squash players to meet and compete with one another. Gyms and clubs have a friendly environment which can provide players opportunity to make new friends.

Improves self-confidence – After a game of squash, players develop a sense of accomplishment and confidence, regardless of whether or not you won the game. Knowing one has competed to the best of their physical ability – especially in a game so intense as squash – enables a boost in self-esteem and a feeling of sureness characterized by certainty of ability.

 


Ensures mental well-being – If you are a beginner at squash, your practice is 95% physical and 5% mental. Once physical conditioning is improved, practice becomes 95% mental and 5% physical. Instead of focusing on catching your breath and not missing the ball, you can now focus on game strategy. Concentrating on the ball, your opponent and your surroundings will boost your mental alertness and spatial awareness.

Alleviates stress – Squash acts as a wonderful stress reliever, especially after a particularly demanding day. If your’re feeling angry or frustrated about work, home life or whatever else is grinding your gears, a round of squash can help you “squash out” those negative feelings by taking out all your anger on the court as you slam the ball as hard as you can against the wall. What comes next is a feeling of satisfaction and relief as your negative energy is used up for physical energy in the game.


 

How to Overcome Obstacles and Make Permanent Changes in Your Life

July 2, 2018


Many people think that what you need is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won’t get you there.

Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your relationships, lose weight, get fitter, be happier, write a book, — willpower won’t help you with any of these things.

If you’re required to exert willpower to do something, there is an obvious internal conflict. You w...


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Have you considered the benefits of cold-weather training??

June 21, 2018



Before you start to make excuses because of the cold and plan to pull over the blankets at 5.50am, you should consider the potential benefits of cold-weather training.

Aside from helping to ease the potential winter weight gain, exercising outdoors in colder weather has numerous health benefits. The average winter weight gain ranges from 2-10 kgs.

 

While many avoid the cold,  winter workouts are a great way to increase fitness.  If outside or even getting in and out at gym, the fresh air ...


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Snuggle in? or get out and get moving?

May 23, 2018



Winter Woe: Your body's chemical switch has flipped to storing more fat.

Get your motor running. University of Colorado researchers discovered that their production of ATLPL, a chemical that promotes fat storage, almost doubled during the winter and dropped during the summer. But you're not doomed to don fat pants all season, scientists say. Exercise may increase SMLPL, the muscle enzyme that promotes the burning of fat, to offset the sneaky winter gains and promote effects of ATLPL. "We found...


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Dehydration

April 15, 2018

Did you know that the human body is comprised of almost 70% water and more than 70% of the population is Dehydrated?

 

Here Are Some Signs Of Dehydration:

  • If you are thirsty, you are ALREADY dehydrated

  • Dry chapped lips

  • Foggy brain, headache, dizzy and lethargic

  • Muscle cramps anywhere in the body

  • Feelings of hunger (mistaken for thirst)

  • Cloudy and dark urine

  • Constipation

  • Achy joints

  • Moodiness

Here Are Some Benefits Of Being Hydrated:

  • Increases metabolism - metabolism can slow d...

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Chocolate the GOOD and the BAD ...

March 22, 2018
The good news 
Chocolate is rich in antioxidants which means that, as part of a balanced, varied diet, it can contribute to good health ...

Chocolate may lower cholesterol levels. Chocolate contains high levels of saturated fats, one of which is called stearic acid. Research shows that stearic acid does not raise blood cholesterol levels, while some studies have suggested that stearic acid may actually help the body break down cholesterol build up. 
Chocolate may make you live longer. A recent s...

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New years resolutions .... are they worth making?

January 14, 2018

The short answer is  YES .... researchers say that, despite the tough success rates, making a resolution is one of the best ways to actually make a change, particularly if realistic goals are set in the first place. Resolutions involve us moving our goals from mere contemplation to actions.

Want to know how to encourage yourself to keep going and peruse your New Year’s resolution of getting fitter and healthier? Check out these tips;

             Getting into the habit of exercise takes pra...


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Tips to stay on track over The Christmas Season

December 8, 2017

'There's a strong undercurrent of 'but it's Christmas' mentality that is rife amongst us all. And while we do need to let our hair down and have fun during this time of year, we also need to look after our bodies. And no, Christmas is not an excuse to abuse it,'


If your goal is to stay fit and healthy through the festive season, then small changes go a long way. Never go back for seconds, no matter how tasty the buffet is. Eat slowly and enjoy every mouthful. It's easier not to over eat when...


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Coconut water for recovery?

November 29, 2017

COCONUT WATER IS everywhere …. So what is the go with  The blue cartons have cropped up all over the place? (even at our gym)

The edge that coconut water has over traditional sports drinks is that it packs fifteen times more potassium—it contains about 470 milligrams per 8 ounces—than Gatorade or Powerade. To put things into perspective, a medium banana has 422 milligrams of potassium. Potassium is a key player in rehydration because, along with sodium, magnesium and calcium, the elect...


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Working out in the hot weather

November 8, 2017


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