Omega-3, body composition and squash


Squash is an indoor racquet sport, suitable for all ages, which can be played for leisure (it is a lot of fun) or as a competitive sport, and has several health benefits: improves cardiovascular health, increases strength and fitness, maintains a healthy weight, increases flexibility and strength in the back, promotes good coordination, agility and flexibility, and builds hand-eye coordination; moreover, it improves psychological wellbeing (self-confidence and self-esteem, social skills, concentration) and helps to reduce stress.
Squash can involve frequent stopping and starting, so it is important to do warm-up exercises before playing, and do cool-down exercises after the game. Drink plenty of water before, during and after playing is also beneficial. The body composition of a squash player is also very important, because it may affect athletic performance (carrying excessive body fat may increase injury risk and impair agility and speed).
A daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and whey protein, along with a moderate energy-restricted diet, may help to reduce body fat and improve the body composition in women squash players.



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