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The real reason why should you play basketball.

Not playing basketball just for the prize
Not playing basketball just for the prize

Hard working business owners and employees take note

There once was a man, his business was his life, and he wasn't able to separate himself from the business nor did he have a life outside work with the kind of wins which can sustain through challenges. He couldn't go on.

Exercise helps and a balanced supportive social network. Choose sports with other participants (eg Play basketball, join a team). Not only will the discipline of not letting others down keep you motivated to keep going, but you'll get friends who don't give a damn about your business (in a good way - no need to pretend to be killing it all the time!) and can keep you grounded in normal reality.

If you put time in one hour a day, five days a week, you are guaranteed to win. Fitness has a direct relationship between time and effort and result. Unlike your business, if you put in time and effort then you are guaranteed the outcome.

When business is hard, when things are dark, when there are huge problems, you will be propped up strongly by the win you have put in the bag by committing time to your guaranteed wins.

Most people in pressure positions at work will experience some sort of burnout at one point in their careers. But what happens exactly when we get burned out? The signs of occupational burnout include exhaustion; lack of enthusiasm or motivation; cynicism; and feeling ineffective. But burnout isn’t something that happens out of nowhere. Usually, there’s a lead-up period called brownout where employees become disengaged and demotivated.

Basketball players at the end of 2016 in Kensington
Basketball players at the end of 2016 in Kensington

Many office workers solve their burnout problem by taking time off or leaving the industry entirely. That course of action may not be an option for a lot of people. Psychologists suggest we should ease brownout is by unplugging. Taking a technology break gets your mind off of work and forces you to live in the present.

And this sounds great…in theory. In reality, working in technology means being constantly surrounded by technology. Often times, tech toys are a huge part of the way we relax. So if neither unplugging nor sabbatical are viable options, what’s left? Movement.

I’m sure most of you have heard about what exercise does in the brain. Regular exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals (i.e. endorphin's, neurotransmitters, and endocannabinoids) that may ease symptoms of depression. Exercise also reduces immune system chemicals that can worsen depression while also increasing body temperature that may have a calming effect. And several studies have proven that exercise eases depression.

Basketballers shooting and defending in Carlton 3on3 competition
Basketballers shooting and defending in Carlton 3on3 competition

A 1999 study published in the Archives of Medicine went as far as to say that, for those looking to avoid drugs, exercise might be an acceptable substitute for antidepressants. The study divided 156 men and women with depression into three groups: exercise only, antidepressants only, and both exercise and antidepressants. When scientists followed up with 133 of the original patients six months after the first study ended, they found that exercise’s effects lasted longer than those of antidepressants.

Basketball players running on the courtSo what does this have to do with burnout? Take a look at a few of the symptoms associated with it: disengagement, loss of interest in hobbies, stress. Now compare those symptoms to that of clinical depression: irritability, fatigue, difficulty with concentration. Sounds similar, right? That’s because some researchers believe that burnout is a type of depression. The difference is that symptoms of depression can subside when treated with the correct medication. Burnout, on the other hand, requires more of a person’s time and energy to solve.

That doesn’t mean that some of the treatments used for depression can’t also be used for burnout. Namely, exercise and eating well. Along with the physiological benefits of exercise mentioned above, there are other reasons why exercise is a great cure for many problems.

One big reason is that it increases confidence. Setting physical goals for your body and then working towards them is a great accomplishment for many people; seeing your body change physically is great for self-esteem. Exercise is also a healthy way to cope when work or life gets difficult. It can serve as a temporary distraction while also elevating your mood. In short, exercise can give you a different perspective on the problem.

When you are experiencing burnout or brownout symptoms, the best course of action is to practice healthy habits daily. Self-care isn’t something we should only talk about at conferences; it’s crucial maintaining your health and wellness. If necessary, take a week or two of your vacation time to reacquaint yourself with hobbies you love. Clean and organize your house. Spend time with your family and loved ones.

Once you do go back to work, commit to an exercise program. Try to take a quick walk during the day to get some sunlight and fresh air. Bottom line, take care of yourself. Defeating burnout or avoiding it completely can be a simple as 30 minutes of exercise a day.

 Your first game

You should bring comfortable sports gear. A drink bottle is handy as there may not be time to hunt around for water once the game starts. Towels help keeping sweat down so the ball doesn't slip, especially if your playing more than one game on the day. Sometimes we head to a local place for food and drinks so a change of clothes is handy after you play basketball.

We set a fast pace on game day, you will be introduced to the group welcomed, handed a jersey which you will use to identify which team you are on for the entire game. We have 2 subs for each team and encourage players to run hard while on the court.

We strongly recommend players who are not ready to jump straight in to a game to join our Skills N' Drills / 3on3 sessions. There you will meet the organisers and other members for an orientation of the world of half court basketball with 3on3 games, basketball training program sessions, shooting drills and more.

After games organisers often upload videos for members to see there progress and help identify areas they may want to improve. It is then up to you to decide if you would like to take it to the next level and join as a regular member. We also have the right to refuse members who are aggressive and are not conducive to our basketball culture.

Basketball: Life depends on excercises

Friendly social environment

Great environment to make new friends, expand your network and meet people who have similar interests.

Fitness & self development

We welcome all skill levels ranging from beginners to advanced. We have two separate groups: Weekend Warriors (Beginners - Intermediate) and Loose Cannons (Intermediate – Advanced) which runs at separate times. Contact for personal training.

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