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10 Health Benefits of Hockey

  1. Helps Burn Fat and Calories - Each player burns about 0.061 calories per pound, per minute. This amounts to a huge loss of body weight in the long run

  2. Develops The Cardiovascular System - The energy and muscular strength required in hockey help in the development of cardiovascular system, which supplies the muscles with oxygen

  3. Metabolism Boosting - Fast skating is broken up by periods of rest. This pattern mimics high intensity interval training which burns calories and boosts metabolism.

  4. It's A Full Body Workout - Playing hockey is an excellent way of developing the leg muscles, such as the hamstrings, calves and hip flexor muscles. Don't forget triceps, forearms and shoulder muscles.

  5. Enhanced Muscular Strength - Strength gained from playing hockey can reduce the risk of injury, improve bone strength, increase muscle mass and strengthen connective tissue

  6. Hand Eye Coordination - Playing hockey involves the coordination between the hands and the eye and improves spontaneous response and reaction timing.

  7. Improved Balance and Coordination - Hockey players must pass and receive pucks that are traveling quickly across the ice. Players must react quickly to make a play, thus improving balance, agility and hand-eye coordination.

  8. Positive Mental State - Playing with a team develops a positive mental image as everyone works towards successful achievement of goals and victory

  9. Improved Communication - Hockey players communicate through eyes and gestures during fast pace plays leading to success on the ice and improvement of communication skills

  10. Endorphin Boost - Exercise itself can improve your mood because of the endorphins that are released, easing feelings of stress and anxiety. Hockey brings on another lever with the demands of good decision making.

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