5 reasons why Kate Middleton’s favourite sport is great for your body
Hockey has never really fallen out of fashion, but should it need a boost, the fact that it was The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite school sport should do the trick. Here is a look at some of the reasons Kate loves it – and some of the reasons why you should, too.
Kate captained her school’s hockey team when she was at Marlborough College in Berkshire. Although her royal duties and motherhood mean that she can’t play as often as she once did, perhaps she can still get the odd field hockey drill practice in?
Go for the burn
Put simply, the game of hockey is a great way to burn calories and reach or maintain a healthy weight if you do it often. This is due to the fact that it is a stop-start game involving high-intensity periods as well as slower, more measured ones. Research shows that this is one of the best ways to burn calories!
All in the muscles
Hockey is a strength training sport that focuses on core and leg muscles. The end result is toned abdominals and a well-defined lower body. What you see really is what you get; check out https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Hockey/ and you’ll see what we mean! Interestingly, like other strength training sports, hockey is a great sport for older people as it improves bone strength, tissue and muscle mass.
Keep your balance
Hockey players need to have excellent agility and reactions to shoot or pass the ball with speed and precision. This is no mean feat, and over time, players develop a keen sense of balance as well as near-perfect hand-eye coordination.
A sense of well-being
We all know that exercise helps mood and that being outside is a proven way to keep stress at bay. Hockey goes one step forward as it is a team sport; research shows that team sports are a great way of improving mental health, too.
Hockey is a game of running, so it improves stamina and speed and is a fabulous sport to play if you are planning on running a marathon any time soon.
Hockey is a sport that ticks many boxes for agility, speed, and running, to name a few. Why not give it a go?