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Thursday, 06 October 2016 10:33

Water Polo: 10 Reasons Why You Should Play This Season!

The biggest difference between water polo and most other team sports is that every player is constantly moving. Using the “eggbeater” motion of treading water, the six players and the goalie on each team must uphold the cardinal rule of water polo, which is to never touch the bottom of the pool with their feet.

Water polo is a game of endurance, and the physical and mental health benefits of playing are legion.

Here are ten reasons why you should consider playing water polo this season!

  • Burns calories – When you play water polo, you are guaranteed a non-stop, fat-burning workout. While in the water, you are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool, as it is one of the main rules of the game. This means your legs must be kicking constantly, treading water, in order to keep your upper body above water so that you may continue play the game. This constant movement burns calories and helps lead to weight loss.
  • Cardio workout – All of this movement gets your heart pumping! To ensure proper heart health, one must partake in cardio workouts for at least 30 minutes each day. Getting your heart pumping higher than its resting rate each and every day in order prevents heart-related illnesses, repairs damage and can whip your heart back into shape. Water polo is an excellent way to do cardio training because of the constant exercise you partake in. Players can swim up to four kilometres in just a single one-hour game!
  • Full-body workout – No part of your body sits still during a water polo game. You tread water with your legs, contort your body with your core, and you reach, catch, and throw with your arms. Muscle groups throughout your entire body are engaged, and with repeated activity they gain increased strength. You will tone your muscles. You are constantly moving every muscle in the legs, buttocks and hips to do the distinctive eggbeater kick. This kick is what enables the player to catch, throw and guard and it definitely helps define those muscles. Water polo gives you ripped abs like no other sport! And a killer tan!
  • High-resistance- The properties of water allow you to stay afloat in it, but they also mean that you have to exert quite a bit of energy to move against it. This extra resistance against your movement causes you to push your body against the flow of the water, and combines a cardiovascular workout with a strength workout. If you play water polo often, your body will easily tone right up!
  • Builds endurance – As an intensive workout, water polo pushes the athletic boundaries of the player and increases their stamina and endurance. This is beneficial because it allows you to exercise for longer without becoming exhausted, making you a stronger athlete. One study conducted in 2001 found that taking part in exercises that increase endurance even has the ability to reduce oxidative stress. Core benefits. Like many forms of exercise, it’s all about your core. You might get a ball thrown at you at 60  kilometres an hour and in order to dodge it you will need to switch on your core so you remain stable. All that sudden twisting, turning and throwing will help you build a strong core and a defined upper body, too!
  • Cooling effect – Exercising in the water is a great choice because it keeps your body from getting overheated, which leads to feelings of exhaustion. Therefore, water polo, swimming, and other aquatic exercises allow you to exercise your body thoroughly without giving up. This provides for long, fulfilling workouts.
  • Teaches strategy – In water polo, it is necessary to strategize with your team in order to overcome your competitors. Putting this into practice builds your mental strength, which will benefit you in all areas of life and reduce the stress you experience in the work environment and in your personal life.
  • Injury prevention – Another great benefit of water sports is that water acts as a cushion for the body. Even when a player gets knocked around or dives hard for the ball, there is no hard surface to fall against, and the water prevents strain on the joints. Water polo is one of the only high-impact sports in which the injury rate is low, despite the vigor of the sport.
  • Team sport – You are way more likely to come to practice when all your friends are there waiting on you. Team sports build accountability and make your exercise patterns much more regular. Regular exercise that fits into your daily circadian rhythm has large benefits for your metabolism, which burns fat and increases your overall health and fitness.
  • Stress relief – Playing water polo, beating your legs to stay above the surface and throwing the ball with all of your upper body strength, you will literally feel the tension float away from you. Over time, your mental aggression grows physically in your body, making you feel tight and uncomfortable. Intensive exercise is one of the only ways to release this tension and water polo is a great source of this exercise.

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