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Health benefits of Soccer

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Health benefits


Soccer can be a great workout and lots of fun. The health benefits include:

  • Increases aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health
  • Lowers body fat and improves muscle tone
  • Builds strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Increases muscle and bone strength
  • Improved health due to shifts between walking, running and sprinting.

Other benefits


There are many other benefits from playing a team sport like soccer. For example it:

  • Is generally a non-contact sport
  • Teaches coordination
  • Promotes teamwork and sharing
  • Teaches you to think on-the-go
  • Helps to increase skills in concentration, persistence and self-discipline
  • Is a great way to meet people and exercise with friends
  • Can provide an opportunity to increase your confidence and self-esteem, and help to reduce anxiety
  • Requires very little equipment so can be played in the backyard or park
  • Is relatively easy to learn, so beginners can easily join in on the fun and play basic soccer for recreation
  • Is an international sport.

Avoiding injury


To protect yourself from injury and prepare your body to play soccer, make sure you:

  • Warm up your muscles and joints before starting
  • Maintain your fitness to play well and avoid injury or fatigue
  • Ensure you have plenty of fluids on hand and rehydrate regularly
  • Don’t overdo it – depending on your age and physical condition.
  • Wear the correct protective equipment.

Source: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Soccer

SQUIRRELS USE THEIR TAIL AS AN UMBRELLA TO PROTECT FROM SNOW (IMAGE)

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  • Squirrels use their tail as an umbrella to protect from snow.
  • A squirrel has padded feet that helps it jump from high distances, even as much as 20 feet (6 meters).
  • Gray squirrels bury their acorns all over the place, often forgetting where they put them, causing the seeds to become oak trees.
  • The eyes on a squirrel are high on their head, on each side, so they have a wide range of vision without having to turn their head back and forth.
  • The gray squirrel comes in many different colors, such as shades of grey, shades of brown or even black.
  • Squirrels can communicate with each other through various sounds. Some types of ground squirrel warn each other of predators by a whistling sound.
  • Squirrels can run as fast as 20 mph (32 kph).
  • Flying squirrels actually glide. They have a muscle membrane between their legs and body that allows gliding from a higher point to a lower point at a distance of up to 160 feet (48 m).