What are the benefits of playing squash

The health benefits of playing squash

As is well known, squash is not only an extremely fast sport but is also an excellent cardiovascular workout. It is a game that can be played at any age and is easy to learn. In the meantime, the popular ball game has even been recognized as the number one health and fitness sport. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why top athletes from other sports have now included squash in their training program.

The Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer recently said in an interview that he would like to play squash in his free time after he had to massively cut back on other sports besides tennis such as football or skiing. The now 37-year-old still looks in top shape on the court and is therefore still being courted by major sporting goods outfitters, as his switch from Nike to the Japanese clothing company Uniqlo shows this year, and by online bookmakers like Betway as a big co-favorite for the soon-to-be-starting Grand Slams traded over the next year. Does playing squash have its part in that? For sure, if we take a closer look at the health benefits of this sport:

Regularly playing squash ...

... promotes mobility - Jumping, turning, stretching, stopping, hitting, sprinting and running are just a few of the movements that the body has to perform during a game of squash. Players in this sport have to be extremely nimble and agile. Squash promotes speed and balance on the court. You need an explosive kick, but at the same time you need to maintain a balanced position to hit the balls hard and accurately.

... sharpens hand-eye coordination - Squash promotes good hand-eye coordination, as the ball must always be kept in view and the hand must be adjusted accordingly so that the athlete can hit it back perfectly under competitive conditions. Since hand-eye coordination tends to decrease when we stop doing various activities that encourage this type of coordination, squash is a great way to ensure that your coordination skills remain well developed.

... keeps the body elastic and flexible - Since constant body movement is essential for a game of squash - especially the sequence of movements that is rather untypical for everyday life - your joints and ligaments are stretched and the elasticity and blood flow in the body are promoted. Squash improves flexibility and also has an extremely positive effect on the muscles.

... promotes concentration - Right from the start of the game, the athlete's eyes must be sharply focused on the ball. You have to anticipate where the ball will hit and, most importantly, how it will rebound. Mental and visual concentration are essential in this sport, while peripheral vision also means focusing on the opponent's movements.

... promotes strength and fitness - Playing squash helps develop strength and build fitness. The strength required in a game of squash will help you tone your legs, arms, and stomach, while cardio will help you maintain a healthy weight. On average, around 500 calories are burned during a 30-minute game of squash.

... increases cardiovascular health - In squash, the athlete must run, jump, sprint and stretch so that the heart and lungs work at maximum efficiency. An intense game of squash will keep your heart rate consistently high and make the heart muscle stronger as it pumps more blood to the brain and the rest of your body. This increases endurance and fitness as more oxygen is supplied to the muscles.

... increases self-confidence - After an intense game of squash, the players develop a sense of achievement and self-confidence, regardless of whether they have won the game or not. Knowing that you can measure yourself against others thanks to your own physical abilities - especially in a game as intense as squash - enables you to increase your self-esteem and confidence in your own performance.

... ensures mental wellbeing - As a squash beginner, the training consists of 95% physical and just 5% mental exercise at the beginning. As soon as the physical condition gradually improves, the training focus finally shifts to 95% on the mental, while only 5% revolves around the physical. Instead of focusing on your breath and not missing the ball, you can now focus on playing strategy.

... relieves stress - Squash works wonderfully as a stress reliever, especially after a hard day. Whenever you are upset, frustrated or restless, this sport helps to literally knock those negative feelings out of your body and sweat them out. What is left is a feeling of satisfaction and also relief, as all negative energy has been converted into physical energy and used up.