- Improves one’s mood
Physical activity triggers brain chemicals that make you feel happier and more relaxed. This change in state is most evident in team sports as you are simultaneously engaging in the exercise and enjoying a social environment with teammates.
2. Improved concentration
Participating in physical activity requires your mind to be continuously engaged in the task ahead. Being involved in these activities trains the brain to concentrate for longer periods, therefore benefiting other aspects of your life. Regularly strengthening the minds provides longevity for mind strength as one gets older.
3. Reduces stress and depression
When you are physically active, your mind isn’t thinking about daily stressors. Exercise reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body, and simultaneously it stimulates the production of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that reduce levels of stress and depression in the body. As a result of high levels of endorphins produced after sport (because it is fun and enjoyable), it may leave you in a more positive mood afterwards. This relationship between the benefits of sport and reduced depression is something highly researched currently in the industry.
4. Improves sleep habits
You are more likely to have a better quality sleep if you participate in sport or some physical activity. It causes you to be able to fall asleep faster and have a deeper sleep. Therefore as a result of having a better sleep, your mood is improved and allows you to focus better the next day.
5. Keeping active helps you maintain a healthy body weight
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention participating in sport and other physical activity is a healthy method of keeping one’s weight at the right levels. Keeping one’s weight at the right level reduces the risk of developing diseases caused by living an unhealthy lifestyle. Some of these diseases include diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.
6. Sport can help boost one’s self-confidence
When you exercise frequently your fitness, skills and stamina improve. As a result, it causes you to have an increased self-esteem and confidence. With this increased level of self-confidence and ability, you are more likely to perform better in your sporting arena.
7. Sports can enhance leadership skills
Team sports are the perfect environment to display leadership qualities. As a result of the environment in which teams train, win, lose and play together it fosters an environment where the more inclined individuals have the opportunity to adopt a leading mentality amongst the team of people.