What Are The Mental Health Benefits Of Sports

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We all know that being physically healthy and fit is important and that we must all exercise regularly to achieve this and to live a long and healthy life. However, just as important is your mental health. If you want your long, healthy life to be happy as well, then your mental health definitely needs to be taken into consideration, even though it is something so easy to forget about, or at least temporary neglect.

Sport can be the ideal way to be both physically and mentally well. Here are some of the ways it can help.

 

Improve Your Mood

Being involved in physical activity will help you to lose weight, build muscle, and even improve your lung capacity. It will also release hormones and chemicals into your body, which improve your mood and make you feel relaxed. Whether a team sport, a solo endeavour, or even playing an online game will produce the same effect.

Not only will your mood be improved because of the surge of natural chemicals in your brain, but because you will be concentrating on what you are doing rather than thinking of the things that are troubling you, you will feel better in that way too – your worries will seem much farther away and of little consequence.

 

Better Concentration

When you can’t concentrate on a project at work, school, or in the home, the results will be much poorer than if you were able to put your entire mind to it. Opportunities can be missed in this way, and if you are in business, your reputation might suffer.

Sports improve concentration, and the more you can play, the better you will be able to focus. Playing sports at least three times a week for 30 minutes each time will improve your concentration levels and help you to see things more clearly in all aspects of life.

 

Reduce Loneliness

No matter how fit and healthy you might be physically, if you are battling loneliness, then your mental health won’t be in top condition. Being with other people who enjoy the same things as you is a good way to combat that loneliness, which is why playing sports is great, but also why watching sporting events is good too.

Talk to those around you about baseball popularity, about online leagues, about the game being played in front of you, and about your favourite team’s performance in the past, and you will see how much better you feel.

 

Stress Reduction

Stress is a huge problem, and something that we all come into contact with from time to time. It can be hardly worth thinking about and be gone before we realise we were feeling stressed, or it can be a long term condition that affects every part of our lives.

The latter can go on to cause all kinds of physical complaints, including:

As well as the mood-improving chemicals mentioned above, sports will also produce stress-relieving hormones called endorphins. These hormones attack the stress hormones in your body and reduce the number of them, giving your brain a better chance to see the positive in everything rather than the negative.

 

 

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