Can you believe it’s already August? Not just August, but the middle of it, which means that Labor Day is just around that corner. That means the end of summer. We’ll allow you to take a moment to let that sink in, the inevitable downheartedness that goes along with trees slam-dunking their leaves into the cold, wet ground. Before long, the daily grind will set in and you won’t have time to play the game that you love.
This is especially true for women; women, it seems, are giving up on basketball when the summers of their youth turn to dust, as discussed in this NPR article.
Tom Goldman writes, “The United States is basketball crazy. For boys and girls who play sports, basketball is the most popular choice. But as Americans age, a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveals, there’s a widening gender gap when it comes to hoops. Why are adult female basketball players giving up the game they once loved?”
A very good question and one that deserves to get answered. After all, it’s not healthy to give up your dream, even if you can’t make a career out of it. Maintaining a consistent hobby is just as important as making money off your dreams or as Tanya Martin, a 30-year old mother who works for Child Protective Services, puts it: “It’s kind of like my beach. It’s not one time that my mind can actually just not think about anything else but…but playing.”
Basketball is not only incredibly fun to play,it’s also a very healthful activity. In fact, playing basketball burns countless calories, builds cardiovascular endurance and helps to improve balance, coordination and muscle. It’s a wonderful way for men and women to get the exercise they need; after all, an hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes, while 15 minutes on a treadmill feels like an hour.
Playing basketball is like enjoying a summer that never ends. Men AND women, don’t give that up!