NOTTINGHAM, England, October 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
During the dull Autumn months it can be hard to find the motivation to keep fit, with many people thinking the best workouts include doing an hour at the gym or going for a lengthy run. However, going for a kick about doesn't seem so bad does it? SportsDirect.com take a look at how the football compares to one of the most popular workouts - running.
Football may not be on the top 10 workout list or known for being a tough sport but studies have shown that it is great for building and strengthening muscles, mainly in the abdomen and legs, as well as burning fat.
Studies by Swiss researchers have collated information that football is an all-over workout that can reduce the risk of heart disease as well as reducing blood pressure.
One of the researchers, Professor Krustop from Copenhagen University, said that the sport is better than lifting weights and as good as, if not better than, running because of the benefits of the heart. Further studies conducted at the University of Copenhagen have concluded that football also increased bone density twice as much as running and their cholesterol levels fell too.
Five-a-side football, in particular, carries numerous health benefits, even more than a full size game, as each player receives a vigorous workout due to their constant need in the game, and even though running is undoubtedly good for improving fitness as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, football offers more control over each movement as well as a wider variety of transitions and twists.
Another benefit of football is that it is a team sport, giving people the opportunity to socialise as well as keeping fit and with this comes motivation, which is key when keeping to a fitness regime in the colder months.
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