Besides being a whole lot of fun, sports have a range of other benefits too. Generally speaking, we know it keeps us in shape and helps us lose weight and gain muscle, but what else is there? Truth is, your favourite sports have a myriad of health benefits and Javelin Sports has done the research to list some of the top health benefits of playing a sport.
When playing sports, chemicals are released in our brains that make us feel happy and relaxed. Playing a team sport provides you with a chance to unwind with others, while also taking part in an activity that improves your fitness. If you play sports outside, you can benefit from fresh air which is also proven to promote a good night’s sleep.
Your heart is a muscle that needs frequent exercise to help keep it fit and healthy. When regularly challenged with exercise, your heart will improve in performance and is then able to pump blood more efficiently around your body. Stronger hearts can help prevent heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol!
When you are physically active, you are giving your mind a well-deserved break from the effects of daily stress. Physical exercise has been scientifically proven to be a mental stress reliever while increasing feelings of pleasure and happiness through the release of endorphins. These endorphins give you more energy, focus, and determination for whatever tasks you have to do next.
Speaking of one's mentality, participation in sports and being active can also promote better mental health. This includes improving your mood, enhancing your sense of well-being, reducing anxiety, combating negative emotions, and raising the floor of some mental illnesses.
Not convinced yet? In addition to improving psychosocial, mental, and physical health, sports can also strengthen your immune system. All of which contribute to living a longer life. Ready to start an active lifestyle? Download the Javelin app here to easily find and participate in pick-up sports games in your area.