How playing squash gets you fit
The fitness benefits of playing squash
Squash is a fantastic sport for fitness. Here′s an introduction to playing squash, from what squash equipment to buy through to the fitness benefits of playing squash.
Introduction to playing squash
Squash is an exhilarating racket sport and when you’re playing a good match you can get as much of a buzz from this sport as from any other. Squash is fast paced and unlike many sports it seems like it never stops, mainly because of the enclosed court area. This means the ball is never far away and you never seem to have a valid excuse for a break. Therefore, you do need a reasonable level of fitness to play - but you can work on this!
One of the great benefits of squash is that it’s easy to get started and it’s relatively cheap. There are thousands of courts all over the country; most local sports facilities will have at least one court and you don’t have to have lessons to get going. Due to the popularity of the sport most people will know someone that plays and this is a great way to pick up the basics. Then, once you have grasped the essentials, a few lessons could be invaluable.
Furthermore as squash equipment requirements are fairly low it is not difficult to get the basic kit together to start playing. You only need a racket, balls and obviously your clothing but shorts, shirt and non-marking soled trainers are generally all you need to get started.
Of course if you want to improve, it’s best to join a club and play against people of similar or a slightly higher standard as well as having the support of a coach to refine your skills and improve your game.Getting involved in a 'squash ladder', where you can climb the table based on your performance levels against the other players in the mini league, is also a good idea. It is also useful to join a Squash Rackets Association such as England Squash and Racketball to get all the latest information on developments within the sport.
Fitness benefits of playing squash
Playing squash can have a number of positive health and fitness benefits. Here are some of the key fitness benefits of playing squash:
- Improved aerobic fitness, with more oxygen circulated around the body to better muscular endurance.
- Burns off calories with energy being supplied to the muscles and not forming fat.
- Boosts flexibility and sprint speed, due to the fast-paced nature of squash.
- Improves hand-eye co-ordination with concentration required for serving.
- Develops the strength and power of muscles, notably leg and arm muscles.
- Furthers concentration and mental strength, with matches often lasting for some time.
- Boosts a player′s cardiovascular fitness (the heart and lungs), allowing more oxygen to be pumped around the body and help energise muscles.