Is March Madness making you fat?

The Super Bowl may be known as one of the worst single-day spectator events for your waistline, but March Madness consumes America for days and days. If you’re an armchair hoopster, let this be the year you actually get off your recliner and burn some calories.
The Super Bowl may be known as one of the worst single-day spectator events for your waistline, but March Madness consumes America for days and days. If you’re an armchair hoopster, let this be the year you actually get off your recliner and burn some calories.
Get inspired to hoop

From March 11 (Selection Sunday) to April 2 (National Championship), March Madness involves game after game of sitting in the lounge chair and staring at the flatscreen with tournament brackets in hand. Though your heart rate may race a bit when an exciting shot decides the game and you may jump out of your seat when your favorite team loses, but for the most part watching basketball is a sedentary endeavor. But it doesn’t have to be.

“Instead of simply cheering, try some fancy footwork,” said David H. Stone, M.D., a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. “Participate in March Madness by shooting a few hoops.”

Basketball is great exercise (when you actually play it)!

For a 150-lb. person, 30 minutes of basketball can burn off:

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  • 153 calories shooting hoops solo
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  • 204 calories during an informal game
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  • 272 calories during a five-on-five game of basketball

Source: www.livestrong.com

March Madness is the perfect opportunity to get in shape. You’re watching the game, you’re excited for the teams, so get up and give the sport a try yourself. You’ll be doing your body a game of good.

“Your vascular system will have a great work out,” says Dr. Stone. “Vigorous exercise such as basketball pumps your blood and lowers your blood pressure. This helps to keep your weight down. These are all positive health benefits.”

For the slam-dunk of vascular health

Did you know that the least physically fit individuals have a mortality risk that is 4.5 times higher than those who are physically fit? The lack of regular physical activity results in a 250,000 deaths annually, according to a 2003 report in the medical journal Circulation. Don’t become a statistic — just take care of your health.

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