Basketball Meets Yoga
During this month, the Tower at OPOP blog invites you to stay physically active. We invite all residents of our apartment community in St. Louis, MO to use our 24-hour fitness gym on a weekly or monthly basis. If you can’t make it to the gym on a regular time schedule, there are plenty of other things that you can do outside our apartment community.
With the beautiful weather of summer, it’s tempting to spend time outside on a basketball court, but can your body take it? We want to make sure that you’re prepared for being on the basketball court by offering a few suggestions which will hopefully reduce injury, loosen your muscles, minimize soreness, increase flexibility, and improve energy. That’s right! We’re talking about yoga poses.
Here are a few yoga poses for basketball players. Take note that you don’t need to be a professional player for these exercises to be beneficial — they’ll help anyone on and off the court, even if you’re a very casual player.
This is a very basic pose that strengthens the core and stretches out the wrists.
A few benefits of this pose include an increase in stamina, therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome, and a strengthening of the chest and lungs.
This pose helps the body prepare for backbends and works stiff hips “from every angle.”
This helps strengthen your back and develops muscles around your spine. It also helps alleviate stress and rejuvenates tired leg muscles. It’s good for people with asthma, and it helps with high blood pressure.
Yoga is beneficial on many levels, and can even help you improve your performance on the basketball court. Enjoy staying fit this month in St. Louis, MO by visiting a local basketball court. Let us know if you’ve seen any benefits to your basketball game from these yoga poses. Thanks for reading and remember: Physical activity is one way to improve the quality of life.