Fulfill Your Cardio Needs with Squash and Racquetball
Squash and racquetball demand great physical fitness. This was best displayed during Tarek Momen’s victory over Mathieu Castagnet at the 2018 Swedish Open. In that 97-minute match, Momen had covered almost 5kms in front and back sprints!
To put it in perspective, during the longest match of the 2017 Wimbledon Championship between Rafael Nadal and Gilles Muller, Nadal had covered only around 3.7kms. Momen managed to cover 1.3kms more than Nadal in one third the time, according to an article published by PSA World Tour.
Benefits for Cardiovascular Health
Squash is an intense sport that requires you to continuously run, leap, twist and turn, jump and dive. Since you do not get many breaks, your lungs and heart are working at high efficiency for extended periods. This strengthens heart muscles and, due to an increase in blood flow, reduces the chances of blood vessels being clogged.
The other benefits of squash or racquetball for fitness is that they are indoor sports and can be played all year around. Since many regions have harsh winters or summers, outdoor exercise can prove difficult.
Other Health Benefits
Improved Agility and Flexibility
During the game of squash, you are constantly changing direction and moving in rapid intervals. You often need to twist, turn and stretch in ways that you normally would not try. This helps in stretching of your ligaments and joints, while also promoting improved blood flow in different parts of the body.
Squash is essentially a full body workout and requires bursts of power throughout the game. Such explosive actions, along with continuous movement, help in working out various muscles in your arms, legs and core. The muscles in your abdomen and back are used while playing these sports. Being an intense full body sport, it is great for weight loss. In fact, a 30-minute squash session can help you burn up to 500 calories!
Mental Well Being
Although at first the physicality of the sport may seem overwhelming, squash is often considered as a thinking sport. This is because it requires quick decision making. The mental exercise has proved to be great for lowering stress levels and reducing nervous energy and frustration.
Recognizing the health benefits of the sporting activities, the number of people playing squash has risen from 500,000 in 2006 to 1.49 million in 2017, according to figures provided by Statista. This is great news, given that our lifestyle has become increasingly sedentary.