Healthy Physical Activities (Soccer) – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Blog

Staying active is definitely a component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  The activity highlighted in this post on Dr. Jerry Hankins blog, is the popular game of soccer.

Dr. Jerry Hankins' Soccer Blog

The Benefits of Playing Soccer

Soccer is a sport that is enjoyed by many people around the world.  For an organized sport, the equipment costs and other related expenses are relatively low, allowing many different types of people to get involved.  While many people realize that soccer is a great, fun way to get active and stay in shape, they can often forget the numerous benefits the sport can offer players.  In some cases, the argument can be made that the, incorrectly dubbed, latent benefits of soccer can be just as important as the physical gains a person will experience when he or she plays soccer.

Soccer is a so widely enjoyed because it is a sport that can be played by everyone.  The sport is relatively simple and it is easy for beginners who are just starting out to learn how to play.  One of the beauties of soccer is that as a player’s skill level rises after he or she has played and practiced the sport for a while, the strategic level of the game increases to meet the player’s level of ability.  This ensures an exciting level of constant challenge for players.  The highest level, of course, is playing at the professional level, which reveals all the all the strategic physical and mental skills necessary to play soccer.

As a sport, soccer trains players to think strategically and creatively, forcing them to react to rapid changes in conditions on the field.  Soccer also combines individual and team strategy, allowing players to develop their own skills and personal style while they learn how to interact and rely on teammates in order to succeed.

Keeping all this in mind, the obvious health benefits that soccer can offer a person should not be ignored.  Soccer requires players to have exceptional levels of physical fitness, as players are moving constantly and at various speeds.  Playing soccer can help a person develop a high level of aerobic endurance and muscular ability.  When all the benefits are combined, it is easy to see why soccer is so widely enjoyed as a fun way to stay healthy, happy, and active.

For more information on all the benefits soccer can offer players please visit http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/Why_Play_Soccer/.