Let’s play ball

It’s not too late to get back into your favourite ball sport, writes Pip Harry.

Good Health (Australia) - - Contents -

If you re­mem­ber your old net­ball or soc­cer days fondly but think you’re past ball sports, think again! Get­ting back on the field or court as an adult is eas­ier than you’d ex­pect and the health ben­e­fits are huge.

“Ball sports re­in­force team­work, mate­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tion,” says fit­ness coach Ali Cav­ill. “Join­ing a team leads to a higher rate of fol­low-through with health and fit­ness goals and you’ll also learn new skills, which chal­lenges the brain. Ball sports in­crease mus­cle mass and bone den­sity and lower body fat, and stud­ies have also shown that women who take them up as adults, with no prior his­tory of play­ing, show im­proved bal­ance.”

So what are you wait­ing for? Pick a sport! Here are some that Cav­ill rec­om­mends.

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