Now a new study led by Peter Klustrup offers us a new reason to play: Apparently if we don’t kill ourselves during the game, we actually get more exercise than spending an equivalent amount of time jogging:
Each period of exercise lasted about one hour and took place three times a week. After 12 weeks, researchers found that the body fat percentage in the soccer players dropped by 3.7 percent, compared to about 2 percent for the joggers.The soccer players also increased their muscle mass by almost 4.5 pounds, whereas the joggers didn’t have any significant change. Those who did no exercise registered little change in body fat and muscle mass.
It’s also more fun.
On the downside, you are more likely to get punched playing soccer. Especially if you are playing my team 🙁