Racquetball has been popular since it was born in 1969, probably because it’s a great way to stay fit in any season. With indoor courts you can play all year, as long as you have your racket, hollow rubber ball, and one to three opponents. It’s a fast-paced game, as you race to be the first one to get 21 points, and it’s as healthy for your body as it is for your competitive drive. You can play professionally in tournaments, or in amateur games for fun.
What to expect from Racquetball
Racquetball is a great way to reduce your body fat and lose weight, because it keeps you moving during the whole game - which lasts an average of 20 minutes. Playing for an hour can burn between 600 and 800 calories, and have you running over two miles’ worth of distance over the indoor court. Your adrenaline should keep your blood pumping even if you are not used to an extensive cardio workout. The prolonged cardio make racquetball an aerobic workout, while also an anaerobic activity because of the quick bursts of energy.
Muscles You’ll Work Out While Playing Racquetball
You will work out almost every muscle group in your body, but especially your core and lower body muscles. The fast-paced sport will improve your balance, agility, and coordination. The mental aspect of the game will also push you, and ultimately improve your mental health. Because there’s a calculated aspect to racquetball that prompts you to strategize and make decisions as quickly as you can act on them, your mental clarity and speed increase. Your hand-eye coordination, eyesight, and reflexes will improve as your brain grows accustomed to making quicker connections between the mind and muscle. Throwing yourself into the game physically and mentally can give your body a welcome relief from the negative effects of stress as well. And of course with all of that cardio, your heart is getting a great workout as well, lowering the risk of coronary heart disease by increasing “good” cholersteral. Even your bones benefit, becoming stronger and therefore better at slowing bone loss which can happen with age.
Tips for Success in Racquetball
There are a couple of things to consider before you pick up your racket. Make sure your doctor gives you the OK to play this sport, as it is very intense and not advisable for anyone who has health problems they need to keep in check. Every player is required to wear eye protection such as sports goggles to prevent the ball from zipping into your eye - or your opponent’s racket hitting you on a swing accidentally. Your racket wrist strap will prevent your racket from flying out of your hands and injuring another player. Make sure you’re aware of where the other players are at any given time, so you don’t run into each other, and you’ll have a great game.