Health and fitness are two main topics that you hear about everyday, and new emerging ways alternative to signing up for a gym are grabbing the attention of locals all around. Renee’s Place Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles is one area gaining a particular popularity in park basketball. On January 24, 2015, over fifty people gathered to take part in a game of basketball in the park, which seems to be gaining an increasing popularity. Los Angeles local, Antonio Castaneda shares why he comes out to join the game. He states that, “it’s good for the health and keeps you going”.
Professional retired NBA basketball player Brad Wright has over 20 years of experience and shares his vision of the game. He believes that the most important fitness aspect to the basketball game is a clear mind. In addition, Betterhealth.vic.gov states in a recent article that there are many benefits to the game of basketball, even if you are not yet a professional. Some benefits of the game include building endurance, improving coordination, gaining muscle tone, and burning up to 750 calories per game are just a few perks of getting onto the court.
Another recent article from Health.com says that basketball helps develop both upper and lower body strength, as well as helping to building a healthier heart that could reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, studies show that the sport helps improve bone health and special perception.