Health benefits of wrestling, boxing, athletics + other Olympic sports

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Edited by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Have Rio Olympics 2016 games inspired you take up sports? Who wouldn’t want to to look fit like Micheal Phelps and Simone Biles? Nikita Nadkarni, Fitness Expert Gold’s Gym India, sheds light on the health benefits of some Olympic sports.

  • Wrestling: It is not only a great way to stay physically fit but it also helps in building self-confidence and self-discipline. A total body workout, wrestling improves core strength and also improves functional strength and cardiovascular endurance.
  • Weightlifting: While a lot of strength and training is needed to excel in this sport, weightlifting or weight training increases bone density, which helps you stay fit during old age. It also increases muscle mass and also aids in burning fat.
  • Swimming: A great form of cardio, swimming not only helps you lose weight but also reduces stress levels and improves self-esteem. Known as a stress-free workout, it is one of the best recreational sports to get fit in a short span of time.
  • Tennis: One of the most common outdoor fun sports, tennis improves agility and also enhances the reflex action. Moreover, it also improves aerobic fitness by burring fat and improving your cardiovascular health.
  • Hockey: A great sport to encourage the players to work as a team and achieve the goal. It not only improves your strength and endurance but also develops sportsmanship, self-confidence, patience and self-esteem. Hockey also improves your overall well-being as it requires you to stay active for hours on the field.
  • Badminton: This racquet sport is a perfect example of cross-training method of fitness. Badminton focuses on mobility which focuses on the joints, thereby helping the person get stronger. It also reduces the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
  • Archery: It is the best form of exercise to tone the upper body–arms, chest and shoulders. In addition to strengthening the core muscles, it improves coordination and balance.
  • Boxing: A strenuous form of exercise, boxing is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that will make you physically stronger. It is a complete workout for cardiovascular health and improves endurance. It also tones the upper body, lower body and core strength.
  • Athletics: Did you know engaging in athletics like running, gymnastics, steeplechase and long jump, at an early age helps in overall growth and development of kids? It not only improves agility and strengthens the body but also makes you confident and keeps your stress levels under control.