We all are more or less aware of the physical benefits of sports but ever thought about the psychological benefits? Playing sports makes us healthy both physically and mentally. There are lots of sports that can be played even in the basement as long as there is equipment that’s why we don’t have more reasons not to play unless we really don’t want to. Being involved in moderate play lifts your mood as well as your mental state.
Advantages of some sports:
Badminton: This game improves your reflexes and intelligence as the player needs to know the trick of how to deceive their opponent and not get deceived in return. It increases secretion of neurotransmitters.
Tennis: A good game of tennis will help you improve your balance, alertness, concentration, and accuracy. It induces secretion of serotonin that relieves anxiety, stress, and depression. It also influences appetite, sleep, and libido in a positive manner.
Football: This game teaches people teamwork. As you play this sport your hand-eye coordination skills improve. It also helps one make quick decisions.
List of common benefits:
Improved moods: Playing uplifts your emotional state and tends to make you happier It reduces stress level and helps you handle the tensed situation with ease. Playing regularly increases the secretion of happy hormones, that is, endorphins that help you stay in a good mood. Endorphins also make you feel relaxed and optimistic. Playing also inhibits your body from secreting hormones that promote stress, depression or other such disorders. To counteract these emotional conditions the body secretes nor-epinephrine.
Brings positive changes: Sports bring some major positive changes in your life like it builds your self-confidence, boosts your morale, and self-esteem. Playing instills positive energy that makes one feel good. As your strength and stamina increase, you see yourself as a new and better individual. These positive changes increase the possibility of achieving success in the tasks you perform.
Increases level of concentration: Sports like table tennis, lawn tennis, etc. improves your concentration levels.
Lessons of life: Playing also teaches us some important lessons which cannot be learned anywhere else like teamwork and co-operation.
Good sleeping habits: People who play sports are observed to have a comfortable and adequate sleep quality. Sports utilize much of your body energy and hence by the end of the day help you fall asleep easily. Sports players rarely wake up in the middle of their resting state; their gameplay also helps them enjoy a deep uninterrupted sleep. Avoid playing a few hours before bedtime, as this leaves your body with too much of energy and you might get trouble falling asleep.
Increases brain activity: Sports increases the rate of oxygenation and blood flow inside the body, this makes the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) more responsive. Playing induces secretion of hormones that delay the degeneration of neurons. This helps you to keep your memory sharp no matter at what age you are.
You can feel these benefits and much more with just a 10 minutes brisk walk or simple aerobic exercises as well. If you wish to enjoy the long term health benefits of playing sports, devote at least 30 minutes of your day to sports. There are plenty of benefits to being involved in sports.