When we think of sports, we picture people engaging in rigorous activities and exercises. Some people participate in sports for fun, while others do it as a workout plan for a healthy body physique. What many do not understand is that besides fitness, sports offer a variety of benefits such as; improved immunity, warding off blood pressure as well as improved mental health. Some of the mental health benefits of sports include;
- Improved mood
Exercises stimulate the production of chemical neurotransmitters in the brain which cause the body to release endorphins. Endorphins are happy chemicals that serve to brighten your mood. They trigger a positive feeling especially after engaging in sports. By this, you experience relaxation, reduced anxiety and hence reduced stress. Engaging in team sports enables you to unwind to acknowledge the challenge positively. Consequently, you cultivate a good relationship with teammates and friends you participate together.
- Reduced stress and depression
Day to day activities can reduce you to a nothing. Being physically active will keep your mind occupied and hence ward of accumulating stress that could result in depression. Physical exercises e reduces the buildup of stress hormones I the body. The medical team has proven physical exercise to be a good therapy to prevent depression. It is also during sports that the mood lifters get produced, leaving you fresh and relaxed. It is yet to be determined the correlation between sports and depression which seem to be beneficial in boosting mental health.
- Improved concentration
Engaging in sports ensure a maintained flow of fresh oxygen in the brain. Hence, you get to concentrate more by redirecting your focus to what you are doing. Even as you age, your mental skills remain sharp hence no instance of cognitive decline which gets associated with old age. Regular exercises also improve memory which gets instilled when practicing. Studies have shown that engaging in both aerobic, and muscle strengthening activities reinstate your mental health.
- Sports ensure a good night’s sleep
For people who have insomnia, participating in sports may sculpt good sleeping patterns. Instead of using sleeping which may have a negative impact on health, try indulging in sports. Research has shown that exercising some few hours before sleep renders you some quality bed moments while sleeping. You fall asleep fast limiting you from battling with the day’s thoughts when you cannot catch some sleep. By this, you will wake up the next day feeling more rejuvenated and experiencing improved moods.
- Reduced Laziness, Idleness and keeps your weight in check
When you are lazy, all you think is when to eat and a lot more bad thoughts crops in. When you are engaged in sporting activities, your mind gets distracted from troubling day to day issues. You got no time to think of your frustrations and hence, a boost in your mental health. Also, sports help ward off obesity by keeping your weight in check. Thus, while in sports, you get to preclude some health issues hence peace of mind.
- Sports help with Anger Management
Sports activities help release all the accumulated stress and frustrations. It is during exercises that you let go all the emotional downfalls that pull you back. You become open-minded, and you release your burdens of anger. In sports, you engage with different people having different characters. Hence you have to be open-minded to be able to cope in the venture. Sports boost your social life making you fit naturally in any group of people.
- Boosted Self Confidence
Sports equip you with new skills such as cognition and discipline which you learn through persevering. As you keep engaging in sports, you build your stamina which gives you confidence by instilling a sense of achievement. Team playing gives you confidence knowing that your association is with winners. By this, you get high self-esteem which builds your public image hence acquiring good mental health.
- Improved leadership traits
When children start participating in sports at a tender age, their leadership skills get nurtured. It is at this tender age that most life disciplines get instilled in the kid. When the kids train and play, they do it to win. Losing becomes a challenge they have to overcome at all costs. Thus, it is by this that they can handle any challenge in life that comes their way. Also, associating with people from different cultures gives them a chance to view life differently and hence treat everyone with equality. Even as the child grows old, his mind remains sane not to do things that negate the common good for the people.