An accomplished mortgage professional with more than 20 years of industry experience, Gavin Ekstrom serves as a senior area manager with Citywide Home Loans in Greenwood Village, Colorado. In his leisure time, Gavin Ekstrom enjoys playing basketball.
In addition to its recreational benefits, basketball offers many physical benefits. Because the game involves running and jumping, basketball is an effective way to burn calories and get an aerobic workout.
The game increases the heart rate as well, which strengthens the muscle and improves cardiovascular health. These factors lead to better endurance and blood flow, reducing the chance the player will suffer from heart disease or stroke in the future.
The prevalence of jumping and other physical exertion in basketball can lead to increased bone strength. Physical activity that uses the joints and bears weight causes the bones to produce new tissue and become stronger.