We all know that sports can have a positive impact on your body’s physical health. However, did you know that an active lifestyle can also support positive mental health? In recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, here are some ways that sports can compliment your mental health, too.
Sports Enhances Mood
Physical activity can help you relax and be happy. If you are taking a walk, jogging, working out at the gym, or playing sports, these physical activities send chemical signals to your brain that allow you to feel happier and reduces stress.
Sports Lowers Depression and Stress
If you are active physically, your mind is carried away from focusing on daily stresses and instead engages in the positivity of the physical activity at hand. It is also proven that exercise lowers the level of stress hormones in the body and can fire up endorphin production. Endorphins are natural mood enhancers that distract the body from depression and stress.
Sports Builds Concentration
Getting involved in physical activity on a regular basis improves mental sharpness. This provides fast learning, thinking, and judgment skills.
Sports Improves Sleep
Sports enhance quality of sleep by allowing a person to sleep faster and deeper. Improving one’s sleep will enhance mental attitude for the following day. It’s a healthy cycle.
Sports Maintains Healthy Weight
Sports involvement is encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since physical activity can help achieve a healthy weight. Activities such as basketball, cycling, running and weightlifting are very effective to keep calories away. Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the development of hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Sports Increase Self-Confidence
As you improve your stamina, skills, and strengths from playing sports, your self-image boost also. This is due to improved mental health and positive physical health benefits that boost confidence.
While playing sports is known for its physical benefits, it also has mental benefits. Experts say it can reduce stress or depression and can boost concentration. In this Mental Health Awareness Month, let us all be fit and feed our minds for overall well-being. Ready to hit the field or court? Don’t forget your favorite professional sports jersey to compliment your workout ethic.