It’s happening. The governors of Illinois and Ohio have bet each other ballpark favorites!
The 2016 World Series standoff is in action with my favorite team, the Chicago Cubs.
To be sure, baseball isn’t fair. You know this already. Sometimes, perfect pitches get hit; other times, awful swings connect.
Are you a little league player or a middle-aged armchair athlete with a real desire to get involved in hitting some home runs or throwing a mean curveball? Here′s a quick guide to the various health and fitness benefits of playing the game to give you the needed motivational boost.Muscular Conditioning
Weight training doesn’t necessarily do wonders when it comes to pitching.
Baseball works many different muscle groups, notably biceps, triceps, and deltoid, especially for pitchers. Sprinting in particular will increase lean muscle mass in the quads, glutes, and core in addition to topping up your explosiveness.
Swinging a baseball bat, throwing, and catching the ball are good ways to improve joint flexibility. Your shoulder and arm muscles are bound to get a good workout with the twisting motions when you’re swinging.
As a team, consider the benefit for your team if you habitually advanced from first base to third through a series of steals. Running practice drills enhance your reaction time as you round the bases.Strong Legs
Baseball recruits all of the major muscle groups in your legs.
For instance, catchers repeatedly exercise their leg muscles by squatting constantly. Throwing, squatting down to retrieve a ball engages your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles. It’s a complete workout for your lower body.Cardiovascular Training
Fun fact: every cardio training workout you do in the gym can be substituted for playing baseball.
Sprinting bases, or outfielders chasing, all get short bursts of cardiovascular benefits. Be it the stop-and-go motion of hitting, pitching, tracking down a fly ball or sprinting… all of them prove beneficial for improvement of lung capacity and have limitless benefits for your heart muscles.
According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each adult should get an ideal of 150 minutes of cardio exercise per week. With baseball, it’s enjoyable, and will easily become a part of your healthy lifestyle. Calorie Burn
The more you weigh, the more calories you’ll burn.
A study from the Mayo Clinic found that an average person who weighs 160 pounds can burn 365 calories playing baseball for just an hour.
Physical activity amps your metabolism and reduces body fat. Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
Quick thinking, strategizing, and making split-second decisions not only keeps you mentally alert, but also develops hand-eye coordination.Increased Sunlight Exposure
Having so much fun out there in the sun? Well, you’re not only building a lean upper body and strong leg muscles doing so. Exposure to sunlight allows your body to absorb vitamin D and metabolize calcium and phosphorus at the same time. Social Benefits
Sometimes talent is never enough to build a winning team.
Many professional baseball general managers agree that chemistry and team building are just as important to success as good drills and coaching.
While playing baseball is not only a good way to get a healthy dose of exercise, it is also well known to promote teamwork… just ask Joe Maddon.
Go Cubs Go!