The health benefits of squash
When it comes to racket sports, it’s hard to beat the fast-paced game of squash when you’re looking for a great game to play.
It’s easy to get into, can be seriously competitive (if you want it to be) and is bags of fun. Join a club, head to the courts for a friendly game or even pick a wall for a bit of practice and you’ll be away in no time at all.
So let's take a look at squash and see just how much the body benefits from paying a visit to the courts.
When it comes to squash, there are countless associated health benefits including burning calories, improving hand-eye coordination and increased aerobic fitness, but it’s not always the physical pros that people play the game for.
As with all sports and forms of exercise, there’s a huge mental benefit to playing the game. From stress and depression reduction to the release of endorphins while exercising there are loads of mental pros associated with the game.
You can see a full list of walking health benefits below:
- - Increased cardiovascular capability
- - Increased pulmonary capability
- - Increased bone density and muscle strength/endurance
- - Improvement of a variety of health conditions including hypertension, joint and muscular pain and diabetes
- - Sharpened hand-eye coordination
- - Increased flexibility
- - Reduced body fat
- - Reduced stress
- - Improves mental well-being
What you need to get started
When it comes to the game of squash, there’s not a whole lot you’ll need to get yourself started and onto the courts.
The first thing you need is a racquet, but don’t get worried about the cost you’ll be expected to cover. You’ll be able to pick up a beginner racquet for a very reasonable price, so you’ll be well on your way to getting ready to play on the cheap.
If you’re wanting to head onto the courts when playing, you’re also going to need to get your hands on a pair of squash shoes. Unfortunately, normal trainers won’t quite cut it and you’ll have to invest in a pair of non-marking shoes so you’re not damaging the courts. You’ll also find them nice and secure with plenty of ankle support when you’re doing quick turns on the floor.
Once you’ve got some comfy athletics clothing on the go, you’re ready to get cracking.
The social aspect of squash
Squash is one of the most social sports that you choose to be a part of with plenty of players all wanting to chat in the relative niche sport.
If you’re joining a squash club you’ll find likeminded people that love the game that’ll not only make training together more enjoyable but make friends for life with players forming the team. Whether you’re playing together, in head-to-head competition or hanging out after the game - there are tonnes of social potential in the game.
Bring your racquet, a pair of shoes and you’re good to go! A great way to stay social, work on your physical and mental health!