How Does Volleyball Help Your Body?

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Playing volleyball helps your body in numerous ways. The benefits of playing the sport include burning calories for weight loss, muscle toning and improvement of overall agility. It is also a fun way to engage in a full-body workout.

If you are interested in losing weight, playing volleyball burns a lot of calories. It is possible to burn up to 133 calories during the course of a half-hour, non-competitive game of volleyball. If the game is more competitive, you can expect to lose up to 178 calories. Typically, you exert the same level of energy jogging a mile as you do during a 12-minute game of volleyball. If you prefer playing on the beach, you may burn 480 calories during an hour-long game. The sand makes you work harder because it is less stable than other surfaces.

When it comes to a full-body workout, volleyball is an excellent sport. While you are serving, bumping and spiking the ball, your arms, chests and shoulders are engaged. While running after the ball, your legs get a workout as well. Whenever you squat down to reach the ball, your core is used for balance. Over time, playing volleyball increases your reaction time, agility, flexibility and speed.