by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
Sports are known to be a great form for us to get in shape and as a true fan of them, I can speak from experience, that it is truly an effective way to get just where you want to be with your body, fit! Although, after ten years of including sports into my daily routine of exercises, I have grown bored of the typical sports and I think you might have, too.
Football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, racquetball, these are some of the common sports known to many for a good workout, but I think it is time to get involved with a sport that is not known worldwide, but is highly interactive with every part of your body and will most definitely give you the body you want to have
Handball was brought to the United States by Irish immigrants. The earliest records of the game being played in the country list two handball courts in San Francisco in 1873. From there, the sport grew rapidly over the next few decades.American handball is a sport in which players use their hands to hit a small rubber ball against a wall so that it bounces off in such a way that their opponent cannot return it. There are three versions of handball (four-wall, three-wall and one-wall) that can each be played by either two players (singles), three players (cut-throat) or four players (doubles). To get a really good workout out of this sport, I suggest that you start with doubles and then move onto singles. That is where the true benefit of the sport is. In singles you are required to move and use the entire court constantly. Running back and forward, shifting your body from side to side, reaching down for a low shot, and keeping your arms in motion will give you a good workout on your legs, abs, back, and arms. You will build on strength, stamina, and burn off a good chunk of fat. You’ll burn fat tissue better than a spa weekend. Your primary sport might emphasize endurance, agility, coordination or quickness, but handball will maintain or improve on what you’ve got!
A University of Utah study shows handball to be superior to racquetball–a sport that’s no stroll in the park–in all four of the fitness indicators that were measured: calories burned per hour (751 vs. 644), average heart rate (164 vs. 137), average oxygen uptake (30.1 vs. 25.8), and average ventilation rate (85.9 vs. 70.9).
The benefits of handball are many and the risks are few. Most injuries that do occur are muscle strains in the shoulder, elbow and back, but those are avoidable if you follow a basic conditioning, strengthening and stretching program.
Handball today is usually seen being played all throughout the USA. Not only by young, but elderly people as well.
Mr. Andre White answered in an interview said: “After playing handball for over a year, I ran into a 67 year old man with whom I was amazed to see in such a great shape. Not only did he look fit, but he also kept up with the sports demands. I asked him how he did it? He answered, Handball is the reason I have managed to keep fit and running about. I started to play handball about 25 years ago and ever since, I have never found the game to be boring, and aside from being an interesting sport, I noticed that it helped me give my body the complete and good workout it needed.”
Handball is a fast game, therefore it´s a great workout. The aerobic benefits, helps you build and improve arm muscle; you get tone and increases your upper body strength; develop agility of your hands and feet; improve body flexibility, mental focus and self-confidence. Last but not least it provides a good cardiovascular workout increasing the amount of oxygen into your bloodstream.
In this game players get to run several miles during a game. The jumping, running, turning and slamming helps all your muscles get a good and hard workout. Try it out might be a game that will encourage you to start a fun workout while losing some weight and feeling good.