BENEFITS OF HORSE RIDING

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To the casual observer it may look like all the rider has to do is just sit there. The horse does all the work, well anyone who has ridden a horse will know how wrong that is. There is far more to riding a horse than one might expect. The benefits of horse riding are immense enjoyment, physically and mental fitness and a chance to enjoy the open countryside.

Physical

Horse riding develops balance and improve coordination and motor function. Other advantages include strengthening of muscles, reflex acceleration, prevention of muscle cramps, increased joint mobility, boosting the cardiovascular system , improving blood circulation, stimulation of sensory integration, improved visual perception of space, the development of responsibility, patience and self-discipline, increasing self-confidence

Riding a horse at a walk stimulates the internal organs just as walking on foot does. This aids in liver function and digestion. You will be burning calories at the rate of 5 calories per minute for a 10 ½ stone woman. Increasing the speed and ride duration will increase the intensity of your work out and burn more calories

Horse riding is an enjoyable hobby and sport for adults and children alike. Children can learn the responsibility of caring for an animal.
As you groom, clean stables, carry saddles, equipment or bales of hay you are also doing weight-bearing exercise that helps maintain bone mass. Although riding, grooming and mucking is good exercise, many riders find it beneficial to lift weights and do core strength training such as yoga and Pilates.
Horse riding is an enjoyable hobby and sport for adults and children alike. Learning to control and care for an animal much larger than yourself can have a profound affect on your confidence and is a great feeling. Riding is a great way to get out and see the surrounding countryside bringing the rider closer to nature. Simply being outdoors and enjoying the countryside will boost your general wellbeing and act as a great stress buster. There is a real sense of exhalation and freedom when you ride, a feeling that is second to none.

Mental

At first you may feel that just learning to stay on and steer the horse is a challenge. When that becomes easy many more learning opportunities present themselves. As you progress with riding and horse ownership you will always have questions and problems. Even the most experienced equestrian would admit there is always something new to learn. Research has shown that lifelong learning may prevent memory loss. Just like your muscles your brain needs exercise to keep young and supple. Riding provides an active avenue for keeping your brain exercised. Riding can provide many opportunities for success. Whether you learn to rise the trot or receive high marks in a dressage test, you’ll feel good about what you are doing.

Emotional

For many a horse is a connection with nature whether they ride in the arena or on a trail. Many people find companionship and solace while working with their horse. Although riding can present its frustrations and challenges most people find it a relaxing pastime. The camaraderie of people who enjoy similar activities is also appealing. It’s fun to get together with friends for a lesson, trail rides or visiting local equestrian competitions
If you crave solitude, horse riding can provide that as well. Many horse owners feel their horse is somewhat of a kindred spirit in tune with their own feelings and emotions; more so than any human companion. In times of stress a horse can be a quiet friend, who is without judgement.

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BENEFITS OF SCUBA DIVING

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Scuba diving is both a sport and adventure. It gives an unforgettable experience of exploring the beautiful life underwater. Aside from fun and entertainment, diving has great physical, emotional, psychological, and social benefits to everyone.

Flexibility and strength. When you dive, you move every inch of your muscle without getting tired as the water provides you buoyancy. Your muscles also work harder as you move through the water that offers great resistance. With this, you strengthen your muscles as well as developing your flexibility and endurance. Moreover, scuba diving can “awaken” muscles that have been long sleeping as you maneuver through the water. Like swimming that can build up the muscles in your thighs and shoulders, diving can help tone your different muscle areas, consequently giving you better posture.

Improves your agility. With constant propelling and paddling, you also develop your agility, especially in your feet and leg area.

Improves blood circulation. While working all your body muscles simultaneously during a dive, you also give yourself a full cardiovascular workout. Each working muscle needs oxygen, and your heart provides oxygen through your blood in a regulated and smooth way. Hence, diving can be said to be a great cardiovascular exercise.

Reduces blood pressure. Related to exercising your circulatory system, diving can also help lower blood pressure. There are studies reporting that those who dive on a regular basis are less likely to be prone to strokes and heart attacks.

Improves your respiratory system. Not only does scuba diving exercises the heart, it also helps keep your lungs fit. During a dive, you would have to take in as much air as possible. As you strive to breathe air from your oxygen tank, you also exercise your lungs by expanding it to absorb more oxygen.

Enhances your sense of focus. Scuba diving improves your concentration and awareness. As you swim underwater, you continually keep your balance by coordinating your leg and arm movements despite the weight you are carrying. Not only that, you also strain not to damage the corals, fishes, and marine life around you as you explore the underwater. With diving, you learn to control your muscles without losing attention to the environment around you.

Relieves stress. Aside from the proven fact that the water itself can reduce stress, diving is a relaxing experience as your body improves its circulatory and respiratory systems. With this physical benefit is the added effect to sooth the diver’s mind. The underwater is weightless environment and drifting through it can give you a feeling of peace and contentment. Likewise, the underwater is a whole new whole that can really take out the stress from anyone.  It is free from pressures from work, anxieties, and problems. It takes you away from your stressful life.

Greater appreciation of nature’s beauty. There is much water than land and the underwater is alive with elegant, wonderful, and magnificent life. There is so much diversity of life within the waters and only diving can provide you with an intimate encounter with these other gifts of nature. You will discover creatures you have never seen before with its abundant plant and animal life. With diving, you will feel closer with nature and learn to value it more than you did before.

Skill-building. Scuba diving can also make you explore certain skills. As you progress from basic to advanced training and specialty courses, you will have the opportunity to involve yourself in underwater naturalism, search and rescue techniques, and underwater photography.

Social and career benefits. By joining scuba diving class or club, you get to meet various people who can be your diving buddies and become your life-long  friends. When you dive, you rely on a buddy system where you will always feel protected, as well as you also watch and help your fellow divers. Moreover, with the skills you learned in diving and with the people you are involved with, you will consequently be presented with more career options.

BENEFITS OF SOCCER

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Soccer (also called football, especially in other countries) is the most popular sport in the world and is played in most countries. It is a team sport, involving 11 players on each side who use their legs, head and torso to pass a ball and score goals. The nature of the game means that players may be sprinting, running fast or slow, and sometimes may be standing around.

As play during soccer is continuous, soccer is great for fitness and cardiovascular health. People of various ages and skill levels can participate in soccer, with those of various sizes being able to do equally well.

Soccer can also be a great sport for kids who may not have high levels of athletic ability, but who would like to participate in team sports. Soccer is ideal for boys, girls, men and women, who play the same game under the same rules and where physically appropriate may play alongside each other.

Health benefits of playing soccer


Soccer can be a great workout and lots of fun. The health benefits include that it:

  • increases aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health
  • lowers body fat and improves muscle tone
  • builds strength, flexibility and endurance
  • increases muscle and bone strength
  • improves health due to shifts between walking, running and sprinting.

Other benefits of playing soccer


There are many other benefits from playing a team sport like soccer. For example it:

  • is generally a non-contact sport
  • teaches coordination
  • promotes teamwork and sharing
  • teaches you to ‘think on the run’
  • helps to increase skills in concentration, persistence and self-discipline
  • is a great way to meet people and exercise with friends
  • can provide an opportunity to increase your confidence and self-esteem, and help to reduce anxiety
  • requires very little equipment so it can be played in the backyard or park
  • is relatively easy to learn, so beginners can easily join in the fun and play basic soccer for recreation
  • is an international sport.

BENEFITS OF SKATEBOARDING

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Skateboarding is a sport, an art form, a lifestyle, and a culture. Kids have been doing it for decades, and it has even become an extreme sport. We can all, however, benefit from skateboarding even if it just recreationally. Not only does skateboarding get us outside, but it can also help us cover large distances faster and more easily.

Here are Samir Becic and Health Fitness Revolution‘s best health benefits of skateboarding:

“With healthy lifestyle, we can avoid 60-70% of known illnesses.”- Samir Becic

  • Provides flexibility: Ankles must remain flexible and body should stay limber while skating. The more tense and inflexible a person is, the harder it is for them to skate.
  • Offers full body workout:  You’re moving your feet and your legs, you’re using your arms to help balance.  You’re twisting your body. All these things must happen simultaneously, giving your body a variety of movements.
  • Physical Endurance: Most skateboarders don’t just skate for a few minutes and stop- many find it so enjoyable that they skate for hours a day, getting their physical endurance levels up.
  • Teaches Precision: To land a trick, many motions need to align perfectly, so when you fail, you try again, and again, and again. But each time, you make adjustments.  You place your feet differently on the board, you change your timing, you adjust your speed, you try and land differently.  Until you have the motions and timing down to a precise science, you keep trying!
  • Improves Coordination: Skateboarding involves a lot of coordination between your eyes, legs, feet and arms.  The more you skate, the better you’ll get at this.  Precision and coordination are used throughout your life, whether you skate or not.  When you improve these traits, you better your ability to do all sorts of different things from driving to climbing to multi-tasking.
  • Calorie Burning: Depending on the intensity of the skate, the average person will burn between 150-500 calories per hour.
  • Ideal crossover sport for other board sports:  including surfing, snowboarding, or wakeboarding.  If the waves are flat, the snow is melting, or the water is too cold, a person can help keep their skills sharp and fitness levels up by simply riding a skateboard.
  • Teaches consequences, practice, and patience: skateboarding provides a perfect opportunity for a young person to take calculated risks in a controlled environment, with very real and immediate consequences if maneuvers are not executed properly.  Similar to martial arts, skateboarding skills and fundamentals must be learned and mastered over time with practice and patience, (unlike the instant gratification provided by television and video games).
  • You learn to fall: Prevention of future injuries is one of the most beneficial things that skateboarding has to offer in terms of health.  When you skate, you learn how to avoid falling (if possible), and you also learn how to fall correctly.  Skateboarders naturally get better at knowing where to place their feet and their hands as they progress with their skating.  This is a valuable tool to have in life because it will reduce the chance of freak accidents.  You’ll naturally be more able to recover from slips, trips, and stumbles and avoid falling on your face.
  • Stress Relief:  Any physical activity is considered to be good for relieving stress.  Skateboarding can help you take your mind off things.  Alternatively, it can also help you think clearly about things.  Skateboarding seems to bring things into perspective  and allows you to feel as though you’re more in control of other aspects of your life.
  • Overall Health: As with all forms of physical exercise, water skiing can reduce or eliminate your risk for many health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Racquetball can also reduce your risk for coronary heart disease by reducing your triglyceride levels and increasing your “good” cholesterol.