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By: Obi Obadike
Basketball is one of the greatest cardiovascular workouts ever. The amount of calories you burn playing basketball is absolutely incredible. Plus, it’s fun! You can play basketball by yourself, shoot some baskets, rebound your own shots, practice layups or just run suicides up and down the court. It is great for plyometric and leg training because you’re continuously jumping, running and cutting. Cardio while having fun and being competitive, we always want to feel like we aren’t working out when we are working out. Just a half an hour of basketball will burn more than 400 calories.
Basketball is my first love and up until about a year ago, it was my cardio. The reason why I don’t play basketball anymore is I found myself having so much fun that it was hard to leave the court because of the competitiveness and fun. If you play basketball too much, say for three hours straight, you could burn into your muscle mass, which is counter-productive. I used to play basketball during my off-season from track and field in college, just to stay in shape. When track practice started in the fall, I was always in great cardio shape because of playing basketball. I would advise anybody including women to try basketball out as another avenue of cardio. It is an incredible cardiovascular exercise.
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