Football is one of the most popular game in the world. It is flexible in format and draws players into an engrossing, effortful and social exercise.
However, the physical demands of play at full speed with running and sprinting may make it unsustainable for some older adults, or those suffering from medical conditions with various exercise limiting comorbidities.
1. Risk of injury is reduced
It is a minimal body contact sport and the game is played at a slower pace to reduce the threat of pain and discomfort, with players briskly walking through matches.
2. It improves stamina and reduces resting heart rate
This also helps with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and improving blood circulation and blood pressure.
3. Improves blood lipid profiles
Many people today are at risk of heart diseases because of poor blood lipid profiles. Walking football can help with improving your blood lipid profile; like your cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar.
It also improves bone density – all these are indicators of general good health.
4. Helps to treat hypertension
Studies have shown it can be effective in the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension and that it can produce high aerobic activity with marked improvements in fat oxidation and aerobic power.
5. Strengthen muscles
With explosive movements of kicking, it strengthens the core muscles and limbs. Executing the kicks, needs balance and flexibility too.
6. Improve social well-being
Socially interactive, it helps all demographics in improving their social well being. Walking football also helps to combat depression and anxiety — especially around retirement age.
Following the success of the ‘Walking Football’ initiative in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, FourthOfficial.com will be partnering with renowned fitness guru Dee Dee Mahmood to officially launch and bring the initiative over to Southeast Asia.
Date: 16th April 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 10 AM to 12PM
Venue: Sports Garage, Petaling Jaya
Guest Referee: Paul Parker (Ex-Manchester United & England International)