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Squash is a highly energetic racquet sport that requires outstanding levels of fitness, combined with a deft touch for precise ball placement within the enclosed field of play.

Squash and its cousin racketball have long been recognised as excellent workouts.

The game involves hitting a ball against a wall, until such time as you or your opponent are unable to get the ball back in play. Squash is the harder of the two games, as racketball is played with a slightly larger racket and a bigger, bouncier ball, making it easier for two players to start a rally. It sounds simple - and it is - but winning a game can be remarkably challenging, and tiring.

Put simply, squash burns calories - an hour of squash can, according to research published in 2003, expend up to 1,000 calories in the average individual. The small court and non-stop action means players must keep moving and constantly change direction, a recipe for an excellent cardiovascular and muscular workout. If that sounds too strenuous, racketball offers a similar experience but with a ball that provides more bounce, making it easier to reach.

There are a number of Squash courts through Glasgow in Glasgow club Bellahouston and Glasgow Club Scotstoun.

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