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While working out outside may be all fun and games in the spring, summer, and fall, it can be quite a challenge in the winter or simply not your cup of tea.  Although trying a new outdoor activity may be out of the question for most of us during winter months, you can still add a new activity to your collection of workout options to boost your diet program.  Rain or shine, cold or mild weather, racquetball is a great indoor option that offers several health benefits.  Check out some of the reasons you should give racquetball a try.

Aerobic and Anaerobic Benefits: Racquetball is similar to tennis but played indoors.  Because your body is in constant motion when playing, it requires some endurance.  The endurance needed for racquetball offers aerobic benefits.  There are also moments that require sprints or short, quick bursts of energy, which helps improve anaerobic capacity.  Racquetball has heart health benefits, too, since the body is moving for an extended period of time.  Just one hour of racquetball can be equivalent to a 2-mile run!

Reduces Stress: Getting good physical activity of any kind can help reduce stress.  Racquetball has an added benefit, because it requires your full attention and is very intense.  It is also a very social sport, since it can be played with two, three, or four players.  Connecting with friends, or perhaps a diet program buddy, to work out is a great way to not only help manage stress but to establish community and accountability for those who are beginning their wellness journey.

Full Body Workout: Racquetball engages almost every major muscle group.  You use your lower body when running, the core for balance when striking, and your upper body for hitting or controlling the ball.  You can burn up to 800 calories during a game of racquetball.

Improved Flexibility and Coordination: When running across the court to hit the returning ball, you are increasing your overall coordination, hand-eye coordination, balance, and flexibility.  You are required to use your full range of motion in racquetball.  You have to stretch and move quickly to hit the returning ball in a timely manner.  As a result of all of the movement and coordination, racquetball also improves mental agility.

Strengthened Bone and Muscle: Because racquetball is a weight-bearing activity, it can make your bones and muscles stronger.  It also helps slow bone loss and tone muscles.

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