Aside from the sheer enjoyment that most children get from playing soccer there are many potential health benefits too. For this reason it’s a great way to get kids (both boys and girls) into a program of fitness without it feeling like a workout. Let’s take a closer look at some of those benefits in greater detail.
Improved aerobic capacity
The first thing to notice about soccer is that kids don’t have to have high levels of athletic ability to play the game. However the nature of it means that anyone playing will be sprinting in short bursts, jogging back to position, and in some cases standing around recovering for a few seconds. As a result it increases cardiovascular health and aerobic capacity. Short sharp bursts of speed followed by gentle jogging are the perfect way to build aerobic capacity quickly.
Improved muscle tone
Since soccer is all about quick movements and turning utilising both the legs and body core, as a result it’s a great way to improve muscle tone and definition in these areas. Just imagine after a few months of playing the sport how much stronger you’d feel in these areas.
Helps strengthen bone
Childhood is considered a person’s peak bone producing years, so it’s important that these bones remain strong and healthy. Both nutrition and physical activity are proven to help strengthen bone in children and playing soccer is a great way to achieve this. In fact one study has shown that a physically active child can gain up to 40% more bone mass than an inactive child. Now if that isn’t a reason to take up soccer, I don’t know what is!
Lowers body fat
Any prolonged inactivity coupled with poor eating habits will increase body fat. A great factor about soccer is that we already know that the sport can help with an improved aerobic capacity. However once this is increased it’s far easier to sprint and jog for longer without feeling out of breath. As a result It makes it relatively easy to lower body-fat too while simply playing a sport you enjoy.
Improved general well-being
On the whole soccer has the ability to improve a child’s general overall well-being. When they feel physically fit there’s less chance of them picking up coughs, colds, and other diseases.
Here at Galaxy Soccer we make it easy for your child to discover a whole new world of sporting enjoyment. With our fully-licensed coaches we have the ability to teach children from 3-15 years of age. To find out more why not visit our site at www.galaxysoccer.com.au or contact us directly on 07 31 776 775 to find out more.