Fitness, running, cycling, soccer and swimming would be the five most practiced sports globally.
According to the results of the report ‘Global Perspectives on Exercise and Team Sports’, by Ipsos Global Advisor, in 29 countries around the world, people perform, on average, 6.1 hours of exercise per week. Nationwide, the figure amounts to just 5.2 hours. However, almost eight out of 10 Peruvians indicate that they would like to train more.
In the 29 markets studied, the sports most practiced weekly would be fitness (20%), running (19%), cycling (13%), soccer (10%) and swimming (9%). For this reason, the experts at ROK, an experience center and store specializing in sports equipment, detail the benefits of each of these disciplines:
- Fitness: It involves a set of strength exercises (such as weight lifting and resistance training) and cardio (aerobic activities) that will strengthen muscles, control weight, increase flexibility and even reduce stress.
- running: This type of routine favors the burning of calories and, therefore, weight loss. In addition, they help develop physical resistance and improve bone health. Being an aerobic exercise, it increases lung capacity, strengthens the heart and improves circulation. This type of exercise mainly impacts the legs (quadriceps, hamstrings and calves muscles), buttocks and abdomen.
- Cycling: Not only does it strengthen the lower body (leg muscles—quadriceps, hamstrings, calves—and glutes), it also impacts the abdomen and forearms. In addition, it improves cardiovascular health and resistance. It should be remembered that, as it is a low-impact sport for the joints, it can be practiced by people of all ages and presents a lower risk of injury.
- Soccer: The well-known “beautiful game” —which, in the 2019-2022 period alone, generated revenue of US$7.56 billion for FIFA— not only captivates millions of viewers each year, it also contributes to the health of all the fans who play it practice, improving bone density and the development of motor skills, as well as strengthening the heart and muscles. Although it has a greater impact on the legs and buttocks, it also works the upper part of the body (arms, shoulders and chest).
- Swimming: It is considered a comprehensive sport, capable of working all muscle groups (arms, shoulders, back, abdomen, legs and buttocks). Among its many benefits, it can strengthen heart health and respiratory functions, control weight, improve flexibility, among others. Plus, like cycling, it’s low-impact on the joints.
A good option that will help users prepare to practice these sports is the use of bicycles, treadmills, rowing machines, and other personal training machines. Currently, these teams have state-of-the-art technology that allows you to follow routines with the best coaches in the world and can automatically adjust your speed, resistance and inclination in real time, according to the training that has been programmed. Those interested in learning about these innovations can visit ROK, at Av. El Derby 260 (Interior 1) – Surco.
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