There are numerous reasons to encourage your child to participate in a team sport or to join a league yourself. Playing sports like rugby provide significant health benefits, a sense of camaraderie, and great fun! Garrett Hofer of East Lyme, CT, is the co-founder of the Shoreline Spartans Rugby Team and an avid sportsman. Here are three of the many benefits of playing rugby.
3 Benefits of Playing Rugby
- Boost Bone Health
It may seem counterintuitive, but putting stress on the bones through exercises such as strength training and rugby is a great way to increase bone strength. Like muscle, bone responds to stress by getting stronger. Rugby incorporates various movements, from throwing to running and tackling, which utilize the bones and stimulate calcium deposition along the stress points, increasing bone density. A healthy bone density is essential to reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
- Reduces Stress
Exercise releases endorphins, also known as the “happy hormone.” Endorphins not only elevate the mood in the short-term but regular endorphin release through activities like team sports can also improve long-term mental wellness. In addition to promoting a more positive mindset, playing sports like rugby can improve sleep and reduce stress. It can even reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in people with anxiety or depressive disorders. The camaraderie of the team can provide a strong support network as well, which may provide additional mental health benefits.
- Reduces Stress
- Great Source of Cardio
Cardio and aerobic activities (which include jogging, basketball, soccer, football, and rugby) are essential to strengthen and maintain the heart and lungs. In rugby, players constantly run and sprint, increasing their heart rate and lung power. It’s not uncommon to run 5-8 miles in a competitive rugby match. Maintaining a healthy heart can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Additionally, cardio and aerobic activities burn calories and fat which can improve overall physical health and decrease the risk of problems such as type 2 diabetes.
More on Garrett Hofer CT
Garrett Hofer graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming, where he was president of the Financial Management Association and achieved a bachelor’s degree in finance. He has dedicated his life and career to helping individuals and families overcome financial challenges and establish a solid foundation for the future. Garrett Hofer, originally from Colorado, also volunteers time to the ACP Veterans Mentor Program, where he is a mentor helping veterans transition from the military to civilian enterprises.
In 2017, Garrett Hofer co-founded the Shoreline Spartans Rugby Team with Michael Meyer.
“We set up a youth program that allows young girls and boys to play rugby no matter their ability,” Garrett Hofer East Lyme said. “We have some children with autism, Aspergers, cognitive disabilities, and physical disabilities that all get considerable playing time.”
The team’s first practice was on April 5, 2017. The program started with seven kids but has since reached about 40. The league includes a grade-school and high school division. This summer, the Spartans plan to launch a one-week summer rugby day camp for youth. Soon, Garrett Hofer and Michael Meyer plan to add an adult league as well.
For more information about Garret Hofer East Lyme, connect with him via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garrett-hofer-b5279539/ Or connect with Shoreline Spartans Rugby via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShorelineSpartansRugby/