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What Are The Healthiest Sports?

First Posted: 10/10/11 09:07 AM ET   Updated: 10/10/11 02:27 PM ET

Depending on your definition of "sport," you could be spending your time doing something highly active (tennis, anyone?) or something that's barely a step up off the couch (we're looking at you, bowlers). So what are really the "healthiest" sports? We set out to find which recreational activities give the best bang for your buck: burning calories, building strength and stamina and generally improving athletic performance. If you're looking for a way to make your next workout not feel so much like work, then try out one of these heart-pumping activities instead.

Great: Volleyball
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Volleyball is one of the kings of great-for-you sports. "You're jumping so much, you're gonna get more toning benefits because you get all that height," says former Biggest Loser trainer Brett Hoebel. "It's a lot of work for the quads and hips, and you can get great conditioning from that. If you notice, pro volleyball players have rock solid lower bodies," he says. Beach volleyball is particularly effective thanks to the increased resistance from the sand.
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