To some, basketball is a professional sport. To others, basketball is just a fun game. To you, basketball can also be the perfect fitness routine. It is basically a full body workout; upper body, lower body and aerobic. If you want to make basketball your perfect fitness routine you will definitely want to keep reading.
You can shoot hoops alone, or with a partner, when you are using it as your fitness routine. Playing basketball with a partner can help work you harder than when you are playing alone. But alone it is a great workout too. Just remember, your fitness routine doesn’t have to be boring, it can be fun. When fitness is fun you’ll find you get in a better, and longer, workout without even knowing it.
The first thing you should do before starting any fitness routine is stretch. Stretch your legs, arms, and back. You will be less likely to pull or strain anything if you are stretched and loose. If you want to make this your regular routine you will want to schedule it into your week by doing it at least five days, for a half hour a day.
For your upper body, each time you shoot you are working your arms and your abs. The movement of reaching your arms up is working arm muscles. The ball can be thought of as your resistance, which helps work your muscles. As you stretch and lift your whole body to shoot the ball your abs are extending and when you come back down they constrict, or tighten back up. In this move your own body is working for resistance within itself. This works the muscles, strengthening your middle, or core, area. A strong core helps with the body’s balance.
Jump shots are not only going to work your abs and upper body, but your legs too. The force it takes to lift your body off the ground to shoot works the leg muscles. Running the court also helps work the legs and gets your heart pumping, which is good for your heart. Aerobic fitness strengthen the heart, the lungs and the muscles of your body. If you play basketball, hard, for a half hour each time you will be getting in a great deal of aerobic style exercise.
Basketball fitness is great for anyone, even if you don’t normally play basketball. Those new to the game will notice muscles that they didn’t even have after their first few games. You will work up a sweat, which means you are doing something right. Finish off your routine with a couple laps jogging around the court, just to wind yourself down. This is also a good way to start before shooting hoops too.
From head to toe, get the fun workout you want with a court, a basketball and a hoop. Wear good shoes that will keep your feet free of shock. Wear loose clothing so that it is easy to move around in. And just have fun getting fit.