For Fun And Exercise, Grab A Frisbee!
The flying disc, or more commonly known as Frisbee, is so light and convenient it’s hard to imagine any home without one.
There is no better and easier way to keep fit and enjoy the great outdoors while having an awesome time.
For a good time at the beach, your local park or even in your own backyard.
It would be a shame to miss out on all the fun!
Simply for leisure with the whole family or as a team sport called Ultimate. The choice is yours!
The History Of The Frisbee
The history of the flying disc, also known Frisbee, is quite interesting in itself.
It all really started with a family owned business based in Connecticut, USA. Till this day, we are still not sure if the company was named The Frisbie Baking Company or The Frisbie Pie Company.
In 1871, William Russell Frisbie took over the Olds Baking Company before he renamed it after himself. William then had this great idea.
He would sell pies in reusable tin plates with the name Frisbie’s Pies printed on the bottom. So people would remember the name.
Children started playing with the plates and would throw them around at each other and shout ‘Frisbie!’.
The company became very successful and started selling their cakes to many local businesses and universities including Yale University.
So it did not take long before the game spread all over college campuses. To this day, Yale still insists they first came up with the idea of the ‘Frisbie’ pie tin tossing.
In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrisson and Warren Franscioni who were both war veterans from Los Angeles built the first plastic flying disk.
It was both lighter and incredibly easier to throw around. The Pluto Platter, as they named it, was inspired by the flying saucer design as the UFO craze was taking over in those days.
In 1955, a company called Wham-O bought the rights and renamed the flying disc, the Frisbee.
The name was still largely used in some of the country’s most prestigious college campuses.
Later in the 1960s the team sport called the Ultimate Frisbee was born. It is officially recognised by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and is part of the World Games. It was following in the 1970s by games such as Freestyle, Fricket (a mix between cricket and Frisbee) or Disc Golf.
Benefits Of Playing Frisbee
Unless you have been living under a rock all your life, there is a chance that you have played with a Frisbee before.
More or less every household has a Frisbee stored somewhere in a cupboard. It is cheap and hardly takes any space.
This is why it is a favourite at the beach or at the park. It couldn’t be easier to pack in your bag or just keep in the back of your car due its small size, light weight and flat shape.
The health benefits of the Frisbee are endless. Throwing around a flying disc seems effortless as it is so light and easy to carry. The best part is, the game can involve players from all ages and different levels of fitness.
Just think about it! Running around after a flying disc is a great cardiovascular exercise. On a regular basis, the game will allow you to keep those legs in great shape by toning the muscles as you can burn up to 400 calories per hour.
Additionally throwing the disc around will shape those arms, abdominals and strengthen the muscles in your back.
Overall, it is a great exercise for a full body workout which will seem effortless as you have amazing fun with your family, friends or even your colleagues during your lunch break.
In that sense, Frisbee can be a great team building exercise at work and a healthy way to have an awesome time with your children on the weekend.
As the fresh air is bound to make you forget about your problems and put a big smile on everyone’s face. It is a winning combination!
How To Get Started
The Ultimate Frisbee is a team sport and can be played either on sand or grass.
There are around five players in each team on sand, and about seven players per team on grass. The sport is said to be a mixture between Soccer, American Football and Basketball.
The leisure version of the flying disc is more freestyle and can be enjoyed everywhere from the beach to your local park or even your backyard.
It is the perfect way to unwind and relax while keeping fit at the same time.
It couldn’t be more simple or cheaper to get started with Frisbee. You can purchase a plastic flying disc just about anywhere from every sports shop to every department store at a cheap price.
Even your local supermarket might sell Frisbees at a bargain these days. Frisbees are also available to purchase online including on eBay.
It all depends how serious you are about the sport and if you decide to play ultimate, for example, or only for leisure.
You can pretty much play anywhere. So you have no excuse. Now dust off that old Frisbee and enjoy the fun in the sun!
For more information, pleases check The Frisbee Shop: www.frisbeeshop.com.au
The Australian Flying Disc Association have their own website: www.afda.com