Why Dodgeball Is A Better Workout Than You Think

Dodgeball is considered more of a laughing matter than a workout to many of us. In fact, thanks to Ben Stiller and his hilarious portrayal of an insane captain of a dodgeball team in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," just thinking about the sport conjures up more chuckles than thoughts of blasting calories. Dodgeball may be a fun sport with a funny portrayal. But all kidding aside, it is in fact an excellent workout.

According to Health Fitness Revolution, the sport we often learn in elementary school is a great way to get an anaerobic workout. Think about it. All those short bursts of sprinting to avoid getting hit by balls whizzing through the air is a prime workout for your cardiovascular health. Furthermore, it can help lower stress as well as your blood pressure. The game is also a great way to work on your agility and balance: Two parts of a workout that are often overlooked if you are one who normally gets your cardio through flat-surface runs.

In addition to the physical benefits, adding a team sport like dodgeball to your training regime may be just what you need to keep from bailing on getting in a workout after a long day at the office.

Dodgeball can let you avoid the yoga mat

"That feeling of not wanting to cancel on your team keeps you from growing isolated as you get busy," explains sports psychologist Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood to Sharp. So you're being held more accountable. Another bonus of a team sport/workout, such as dodgeball is that it doesn't require an all-star athlete performance to feel like you are contributing. "It's good to move on to something new," says Leslie-Toogood. Adding, "It keeps you from comparing your performance to what it was in your prime and lets you actually immerse yourself in the activity."

And if you have a goal of working on your flexibility, but the mere thought of joining a yoga class makes you yawn, then dodgeball can be your saving grace. Health Fitness Revolution notes that dodging, ducking, dipping, and diving is a great way to achieve your flexibility goals.

Many of us experienced the joyous game of dodgeball when we were young. And for others, their only reference to the sport could be from Ben Stiller's memorable one-liners. In any case, don't overlook the numerous health benefits of this both funny and fun sport.