Softball squash might be the world’s healthiest sport. Of course, I am totally biased . Here are a few reasons you should consider it. First of all, studies have shown that it’s one of the best workouts you can find. More importantly, it’s easy to play squash. You can play it all year round, and you can play it for your whole life.
A Complete Workout
In a recent study, Forbes Magazine named squash as the world’s healthiest sport, beating out rowing, rock climbing, swimming, cross-country skiing, basketball, cycling, running, and boxing — now that’s distinguished company! The study looked at each sport’s impact on your endurance, strength and flexibility. Of course, the quality of your workout depends mostly on the effort you put into it, but this does give you an idea of the inherent physical benefits of playing squash.
The Forbes study noted that squash burns 517 calories per half hour of playing — more than every other sport in their survey. This means you can get a great workout in a short period of time.
Easy to Organize
To play squash, you only need two players and a few pieces of equipment. This makes it easy to organize a game, especially compared with team sports that require a large number of players or tons of equipment. And when it’s easier to organize a game, it’s easier to stay in shape.
A typical squash match lasts around 45 minutes. This means the game is convenient to play, even if you don’t have much time.
Of course, you need to find a court — fortunately, squash is played in almost 200 countries around the world and is growing in popularity worldwide, so chances are there’s a court near you.
Bring Out Your Competitive Side
Softball squash is a competition. You are playing against another person. For me, this is much more compelling than simply exercising by myself on a treadmill or exercise bike. It means I’m more likely to get out there and play, and get a good workout as a result.
365 Days a Year
Softball squash is played indoors. That means you can play all-year-round, and in any weather. It’s great to have a sport that burns tons of calories, but if you can only play a few months a year – or if bad weather forces you to cancel your plans – then you won’t get the regular exercise you need!
Stay Fit for a Lifetime
Squash is a game you can keep playing as you get older. In many clubs, you’ll find active players in their 70s, 80s or even 90s. Why do people seem able to play until they’re old and gray? Perhaps because of all the factors mentioned earlier in this article — squash is quite simply a convenient way to get a great workout! And the longer you can play a sport, the better it is for your long-term health.