“Watching a basketball tournament on TV can be fun, but actually playing the game provides you with a number of health benefits,” said Tim Howell, an assistant professor of physical therapy and athletic training at Saint Louis University.
“Basketball is good for your heart because it can help you develop cardiovascular endurance and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke,” he said in a university news release.
“The game also helps develop both upper- and lower-body strength. Having strong muscles helps your balance and reduces your risk of falling,” Howell said. You’ll also lose fat. Depending on your intensity, you can burn 700 or more calories an hour when playing basketball.