Walking Basketball (WB) is a great low-impact cardio exercise for all.
Some of our players record their statistics on wristbands and average 3,500 steps in a 60 minute session and burn approximately 500 calories in that time. This fun sport is a walking version of the running game we all know and love. However, the rules are designed to keep people moving up and down the court at a safe pace.
Walking Basketball started for those aged over 50 and it has proved extremely popular. However, we are working with other groups including businesses for team building, post-pregnancy Mums, people in rehabilitation programmes, a variety of age ranges and physical/learning disabilities, those with mental health issues and in many Leisure Centres we have become part of their Exercise Referral schemes.
In fact we feel Walking Basketball is suitable for all ages, all sizes and all abilities and it’s fun! We are finding that our players get hooked on the game and love the sense of camaraderie that individual games just don't have. The social side is just as important for these groups as the taking part in sport.
We run local, county and national tournaments for those who would like to take part.
We were proud to have Great Britain player Andrew Lawrence playing WB in our Surrey Sports Park sessions as a form of rehab after his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) operation. He is convinced that he got back to the running game sooner than expected because of the movement he achieved through playing with us and psychologically he just loved being back part of the game.
Sessions tend to last at least an hour, starting with a gentle warm up which comprises of drills and hoop shooting practice. We play a game of four quarters, with plenty of time outs/water breaks if required. The session ends with a warm down.
Quotes from a couple of our players.
Jan Paton: “Having completed my chemotherapy, my oncologist was very keen for me to regain my fitness and WBB provided me with the perfect opportunity to do so. Don't be fooled by the 'walking' I have never burned so many calories in such a short space of time! and all whilst having such a great laugh amongst new friends of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. I had never played basketball before but it is so easy to pick up and the fabulous coaches make sure that we all play to our best abilities. I was hooked within the first few minutes!!”
Richard Hughes (former basketball player): “I really enjoy Walking Basketball. It is great to be back on court after so long.
Everybody seems to enjoy it, it is great fun and good exercise.
The game is surprisingly good, considering most players are beginners.
All in all, I had a great time with some nice people and it is very rewarding.”
Walking Basketball are working closely with the Basketball Foundation and the British Basketball League (BBL). Many of the BBL teams run Walking Basketball sessions themselves. We are also working with Basketball England as well to involve as many people as possible in this great sport and to get the inactive, active.
Blog moderated by Ann Gates CEO Exercise Works!