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Dry Climates Still Work for Healthy Hockey

By Tom Herrin

With the onset of whatever the next big thing is, people find the need to do more for their health.  It doesn’t matter whether it is that really big birthday or some other special occasion, those kinds of things seem to trigger thoughts about the need to address overall health.  Everyone wants to look and feel better for those big scenes. Whoever wanted to greet people they haven’t seen for 20 years and be 50 pounds heavier and struggling to breathe? There is likely some kind of activity that fits everyone.  One of those that can be a blast and yet be possible for anyone to play is field hockey. It is always fun to watch the reactions of those who begin as bystanders only to jump into the game.

It May Sharpen Balance and Coordination

As people age or become less active, they tend to regress in some areas.  One of those is the ability to carry the body with precision. Losing some balance and/or coordination may be frustrating.  Playing field hockey will help people to move around while focusing on, and playing, a ball or puck. They will have to see the field at the same time.  It is a natural way to improve body control in a given situation.

It May Help with Weight Loss

The key to any successful weight loss plan is to reduce calorie intake.  Eating right is a must. Once people have begun a good diet, exercise can play a big role.  Field hockey will have some sudden bursts of energy and some short pauses. This can be a good recipe for burning calories.  The almost constant motion, even at a moderate pace, can turn the body into a successful calorie burner. It may be a great complement to that diet.

It Is OK to Have Fun and Build Teamwork

There is always more incentive to do something that is enjoyable.  We love playing field hockey or gym hockey. It is a really fun game, no matter what kind of shape we are in.  Just plodding along with an occasional challenge to your opponent is tempting. It also requires teamwork. Seeing the whole picture and how everyone else fits in can build the team concept.  This may carry over into school or work. It may even help improve the family structure. For some good fun and exercise, dust off the hockey sticks and play. If you don’t have any, you can pick them up cheap.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sparks, Nev.


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