Do you love basketball? Have you often heard people say you will grow taller and stronger if you pursue this sport? Well, they may have just been right! But apart from just growing taller and stronger, this sport also offers a range of other health benefits as well as being fun!
In partnership with the Ely council and The Hive, East Cambs Basketball is proud to announce that Tuesday evenings are changing… ‘Basketball Tuesdays’ is a new scheme set up to get the community playing more basketball and getting girls, boys, women and men more involved with the game of basketball.
Basketball is a much-loved sport all across the world. It is popular because it can be played as a competitive sport or a casual game on the local court. It is a fast-paced game that involves a good deal of jumping and running which is a fantastic way to exercise. The fast-paced action involved in basketball makes it one of the most exciting games to play and watch in the world. The fact that it provides numerous benefits is an excellent bonus. It is a great game for both adults and children. If you are looking to play a sport that gives you multiple benefits, both physically and mentally, this is the one for you.
Basketball Tuesdays will start at 5:30pm at The Hive
The evening will be scheduled as follows:
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Pick up and play session for 8-12 year olds.
Pay only £1 at reception and come in and play.
6:30pm – 8pm
East Cambs Amazons
Age: 14 – 18+
The Amazons is the Girls/Ladies team of East Cambs Basketball.
£5 per session
8pm – 10:00pm
East Cambs Warriors
Age: 18+ (senior team)
The Warriors is the Senior Mens team of East Cambs Basketball.
£6 per session
Below are a few of the health benefits of playing basketball.
Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Basketball is great for heart health. Because you keep moving, your heart rate increases. It also helps in building endurance, which is important when you want to make sure that your heart is healthy.
All the quick lateral movements, running and jumping, gives you an aerobic workout that in turn can help you burn a lot of calories. For every hour of basketball, depending on your weight, you could burn up to 900 calories.
Builds Bone Strength
The physical demands of this awesome sport help in improving and building bone strength. Both the muscles and bones in your body become stronger with basketball as it is a physical activity that involves the tugging and pushing of muscles against bone.
By playing basketball, you get an excellent full-body workout. This helps in the development of lean muscle. It can help develop your lower back, neck, deltoids, traps and core muscles. It also makes your legs stronger, and the movements like shooting and dribbling help strengthen your arms, hand muscles and wrist flexors.
Boosts Mental Development
Basketball is also a mind game that requires you to think on your toes. It requires you to have a lot of focus so that you can accurately and quickly process the action on the court and make decisions that are effective with the ball.
Develops Better Coordination And Motor Skills
Basketball requires excellent hand-eye coordination as well as full-body coordination. When you play this sport, it gives you the training to help develop these skills. Dribbling gives you training for hand-eye coordination while rebounding shots that are missed gives you the training to develop full-body coordination.
Develops Self-Discipline And Concentration
As with other sports, there are rules that need to be followed when you play basketball. When you break these rules, it can lead to penalties for you as well as your team. It helps you develop self-discipline that is important as it encourages you to be more competitive and fair at the same time.
One of the best benefits of playing basketball is that it boosts confidence. Being a good player and being a member of a great team can do wonders to increase your self-esteem and help you gain more confidence. Being confident allows you to face life with an improved disposition and has a positive effect on every aspect of your life.
With the many benefits of basketball, it is the perfect reason for you to pick up a ball and start shooting some hoops. It can be played alone or with friends – no matter what you choose, you get a great workout. By making this sport a part of your fitness routine, you ensure that you stay physically and mentally fit and active for many years.