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Basketball hoops have been mounted on garages and in backyards for ages, and their allure has not dimmed in recent years. The trend has long been to install a regulation height basketball hoop on or next to the driveway, using the concrete surface as the court. Having your own basketball hoop will provide your kids with a safe, outdoor activity, allow you to experience some cardio, and entertain the neighborhood.
Basketball is an excellent cardiovascular activity that is appropriate for most kids and adults. Playing basketball has the following health benefits:
Builds cardiovascular strength
Reduces chance of heart disease and stroke
Builds upper and lower body strength
Burns up to 700 calories an hour
Improves hand/eye coordination
Improves spatial awareness
Playing basketball can be a complete fitness program for those who play it regularly. Watching the NBA playoffs or March Madness, on the other hand, will not improve your health. Practice being a fan by actually playing the game.
Choosing the Equipment
You can buy a range of hoops for your home, but getting a durable regulation model is recommended. If you have small children, you can opt for an adjustable model or a "mini" movable version, but for long-term enjoyment, a full-sized rig is the way to go. You should choose a system that includes the pole, backboard, and rim and allows for inground installation.
Installing the System
An inground hoop requires that you dig a hole just off the surface you will be using for your "court" and then fill it with concrete. You will need help for this project since it requires careful attention to leveling the pole and preparing and pouring the concrete mixture. If at all possible, you should set your pole near a concrete surface because it makes for a smoother, more even basketball court. If you have a driveway or other concrete surface that goes up to the property line, you will need to do some concrete breaking before you can set your pole. This process will require a sledge hammer or jackhammer and some sweat equity. If this process is too daunting for you, consider contacting a local contractor, like Garrett Concrete Cutting, Coring & Sawing Inc - Chino, for assistance.
Having your own basketball system and mini-court is a great way to stay in shape and keep your entire family healthy. Basketball is a great fitness and entertainment activity that appeals to folks of all ages. Fielding your own team in the driveway can bring hoops madness to the entire neighborhood.