Goals celebrates World Health Day

Saturday 7th April is the World Health Organisation’s 70th annual World Health Day, a chance to start global and local conversations about active steps to achieve health for all and how a game of five-a-side football can play a part in that effort. Football is a sport that unites communities and supports an active lifestyle. It’s fun, regardless of your age, gender or level of fitness. Plus, studies show small-sided football is one of the best sports for your overall health.  If you already have a regular game then you are well on your way to being match fit and reducing your cholesterol levels. If you are wondering whether you should take up five-a-side football, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some reasons why small-sided football games should be part of your life. 

Playing fives is better for improving your fitness than most other sports

Whether you opt for five-a-side, six-a-side or a game of sevens, when you pull on your boots and take to the pitch at Goals, you’ve become part of one of the most popular sports in the country. About 1.5 million people in the UK play small-sided football each week. It doesn’t matter how many goals you score or who is in your team, studies published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine have found that football is better at improving fitness than almost any other sport, including swimming and cycling.

Football reduces the risk of heart and lung disease and diabetes. It lowers blood pressure and body fat. This applies to everyone who plays football, even if you can’t execute a perfect bicycle kick goal or accelerate away from opposition defenders with ease. Your potential to improve your health begins with the first kick of the ball.

Playing five-a-side burns over 800 calories per hour

If you are looking for a great workout, then get onto the pitch. 5-a-side football involves a series of brief intense actions, including sprinting, turning, jumping, tackling and shooting. The game is a whole-body training session, with team mates alongside you instead of a personal trainer barking commands.

In a 1-hour game, the average player will burn over 800 calories, a rate comparable with swimming, cycling and basketball. Like any sport, you get out of a match what you put in. So remember to track back and don’t just stand up front being a goal poacher. Fully participate in the match, burn some calories and you’ll feel better afterwards.

Sport psychologists have found that five-a-side football helps players forget about the worries of everyday life and gain self-confidence. Regular players will gain a more positive body image and feel part of a team.

Analysis may never definitively judge whether Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s much easier to establish the fact that playing football improves your health. There are few certainties when you enter a football pitch: one week you might be a hat-trick scoring playmaker, the next week you’re a journeyman utility player. Whether the results go your way or not, taking part in the game is an investment in your wellbeing. Play at Goals every week to turn a health kick into improved overall fitness, and have a lot of fun along the way. Isn’t it time you played more five-a-sides? World Health Day is a great time to start - book a pitch with us today.