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Health Benefits of Playing Soccer

Playing Soccer pic

Playing Soccer
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Since 2014, Brian Petruzzi has served as the founder and CEO of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Galloway, New Jersey, where he is involved in overseeing all aspects of the restaurant’s operations. In his time away from work, Brian Petruzzi enjoys coaching soccer.

Soccer is one of the most physically demanding sports in which one can participate. From youth leagues all the way to the professional level, the total use of the body that soccer demands translates into a number of health benefits for those who play. Here are a few ways that soccer can improve a player’s physical health.

Soccer involves running and then walking at various intervals for 90 minutes, often in quick succession. This back-and-forth interval workout greatly improves the aerobic ability of the heart to quickly get oxygen and glycogen to the muscles when it’s needed, allowing for shorter recovery periods between extreme exertions.

Those who play the sport regularly also tend to experience improved cardiovascular health. The heart rate is consistently elevated throughout a match due to the level of exertion taking place, which promotes better overall heart and vascular health by making the heart stronger, guarding against arterial blockages, and lowering blood pressure.