America’s favorite pastime BASEBALL is still the leading youth sport among teens across the United States. Baseball is a great way to teach them the value of teamwork. Not to mention, it is a great way to stay healthy and physically fit when played on a regular basis. The cardio exercise strengthens your heart muscle and improves lung capacity, which you get from running around the field. Batters running the bases, outfielders running to catch a fly ball and catchers chasing a foul ball all get short bursts of cardiovascular exercise.
Swinging a baseball bat, throwing the ball and catching the ball are good ways to build arm strength and improve joint flexibility. Throwing the ball and swinging the bat involves all the muscles of the arms, including the biceps, triceps and the muscles of the chest and shoulders.
Baseball recruits all the major muscle groups in your legs. Moving laterally, throwing and squatting down to retrieve a ball engages your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles. Running is not only a good cardiovascular workout, but also ideal for toning and building up your leg muscles.
Pitching the ball and batting requires a great amount of hand-eye coordination.
Swinging, running, catching and even walking to and from the dugout are exercises that may amp up your metabolism and burn calories. According to MayoClinic.com, a person who weighs 160 pounds can burn 365 calories an hour playing baseball.
Getting involved in a game of baseball develops mental focus, concentration and refreshes the mind from everyday distractions.
Teens who still take part in sports like baseball are more likely to live longer, have fewer health issues, avoid substance abuse and attend college.
According to the Sports Fitness Advisor website, a professional baseball player tends to be lean, with a body fat percentage of between 8 and 9, and able to run 60 yards in less than seven seconds.
Baseball is typically played outdoors, where players are exposed to sunlight, which is a great natural source of vitamin D. Sufficient amounts of daily vitamin D intake are crucial for your body to be able to absorb and metabolize calcium and phosphorus.
Making split-second decisions on which is the correct strategy to implement on a certain play can help keep the mind sharp and alert.
– by Health Fitness Revolution
Looking to participate in a sport that requires skill, strength, strategic thinking and the desire to play as part of a team? Whatever level you play at, baseball can enhance your life, improving fitness, strength and coordination.
Whether you are looking to play casually in our recreational league or competitively with one of our traveling teams, you'll find our organization to be a great place to learn new skills and meet new friends.
Baseball, known as America's pastime has captivated kids for the past decades. Don't worry if your kid has never played. They will not be alone, and we will work with making their introduction as positive as possible. It's not uncommon for kids to have only picked up a bat, especially a wooden-bat in the last couple of years, and every year we add more new kids to the program.