We know that to remain healthy we must exercise, but this doesn’t mean that we don’t find walking on a treadmill painfully boring.
But there’s some good news for those who want to escape the monotony of gym life – Danish researchers recently published a report in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine how this one “fun” sport delivers far better health benefits than all the time in the gym.
Lowering blood pressure, shedding pounds, dropping cholesterol, and increasing bone density are just a few of the many health benefits this sport holds – and the best thing is anyone can do it, no matter their age or shape.
Football, or if you live in the US, soccer, has massive health benefits, and unlike other types of exercise, people are more likely to stick to it because its fun social factor.
Researchers measured participant’s blood pressure, body composition, fat, cholesterol, bone mineral density, and fitness levels at the beginning and end of the year.
They found that soccer players had these proven benefits over their non-playing cohorts:
A decrease in blood pressure of between five and seven mmHg versus no change for non-players.
Soccer players lost 2.5 kilograms of body fat, while inactive participants gained weight.
Fatty deposits and cholesterol dropped versus the inactive group, who experienced an increase in both.
Soccer player’s bone density increased compared to their inactive peers who suffered losses.
Sprint performance and endurance increased in the soccer group, but not in the inactive group.
Therefore, playing soccer can prevent heart attacks, strokes, type 2-diabetes, and more.
But soccer is actually not the best exercise to lower blood pressure. If you want to drop your blood pressure below 120/180 today, you need do these three easy exercises found here…