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The benefits of playing soccer

Benefits of playing soccer |

Do you have World Cup fever? We sure do, and we are rooting for the USA all the way today! Another thing we love about soccer: You don’t have to just watch — you can play!

Soccer is one of the best exercises to keep you in beach-body shape this summer. You don’t even need to go to a gym — simply grab a few friends and some equipment, and head outside.

Experts agree that the best way to stick to a fitness routine is to do something you enjoy and have a stable support system; soccer can provide both. In fact, soccer has a few other really big benefits. Let’s check them out.

Improves your cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Soccer involves a lot of traveling up and down the field over long periods of time, which can translate to several miles logged each game and a lot of calories burned. Total win all around on this one!

Enhances your coordination and speed. Throughout a soccer game the player is focused on foot and eye coordination as a player kicks the ball or receives a pass. Not to mention when you throw in complex movements like blocking and passing at various speeds and directions you can really improve your agility too. Basically you are improving your body with every movement.

Lets you practice teamwork. The game of soccer is all about working together to accomplish goals — literally. Whether it’s advancing the ball or playing on defense, all players must work as a team to be successful. That attitude and those skills translate to all areas of life, making us better people all around, and who wouldn’t want that?

Improves your overall health. All that physical activity nets you health-related benefits like:

  • Reduced risk of disease/ obesity.
  • Energy boost.
  • Increased muscle and bone strength.
  • Better sleep.

So as you cheer on the red white and blue today, don’t forget that you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy all the health and fitness related benefits of soccer. Let’s play, and GO USA!