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Fitness craze: female football

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Fitness craze: female football

With less than a month to go until the new football season starts, now may be the ideal time to brush up on your ball skills.

While its great fun watching our boys out on the field why not get stuck in instead and show them how it is done. Still not convinced? We explore five reasons for you to strap on your boots and give it a try

It’s better for you than running

A two year study led by Associate Professor Peter Krustrup of the University of Copenhagen found that untrained woman showed more benefits from playing football than those who took up running. The turns, sprints and other movements make it effective both for cardio and strength training.

You’re more likely to stay active

The social aspect of team sports such as football mean you’re much more likely to stick to it than independent fitness activities. Professor Krustrup’s study showed a year later the runners has almost entirely given it up whereas many  women introduced to football continued to play.

It’s more popular than you think

Fancy giving it a go but think you’ll struggle to get anyone to play with? Think again because football is the most popular team sport for women in the UK, according to 2011 figures released by the Football Association. Last year 0.15 million women took part at least once a week and 56, 000 woman said they would like to do more.

It can improve body confidence

Taking part in organised sport can actually make you feel better about they way you look according to a study by Heather Hausenblas Heather Hausenblas of the University of Florida.  The study found that even small amounts of exercise can have improvements on your body confidence.

It’s good for you emotional health

Wanting to know why women were attracted to particular sports, Nike conducted independent research across nine European countries with 10,000 women aged between the ages of 16-30. They found that three out of four women indicated that sports make them a stronger person emotionally.

 

 

 

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