Dunking for health

Basketball offers several benefits

March brings with it the promise of warm weather, flowers and trees in bloom and afternoons spent on patios instead of cooped up inside. If you’re a fan of college basketball, however, it also brings on March Madness. To keep yourself fit during the tourney, in between games head out and shoot some hoops yourself. Here are some health benefits:

• It can help develop cardiovascular endurance, which reduces risk of stroke and heart disease.

• It develops upper- and lower-body strength, aiding balance.

• It improves hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.

• It burns calories and can help reduce fat.

Source: Health.com