Doing sport is the best medicine. It is good for body, mind and spirit. Whether you prefer individual or team sports, the benefits of physical activity are countless and are a great reason to get up off the couch and move around at least a couple of times a week.
We all need to do a little sport once in a while, and not just to lose weight. Whether it’s taking a long walk along the river, going to the mountains, taking a bike ride, skiing with friends or playing soccer with colleagues in the office, physical activity helps us vent accumulated stress and channel our energy into something other than being in front of the computer or TV all day.
And there’s no excuse: anyone can find an activity they like. If you’re convinced you’re “not fit for sports,” maybe it’s because you haven’t found what you’re looking for yet. And trust me, there are thousands. From the team ones to the individual ones, from those for whom you have to organize yourself a few days in advance and book the camp, to a simple run to the park every now and then to keep fit and relieve the tension.
Just look around a bit, take a proactive attitude and the result is guaranteed, because trust me: you will never regret having done it, or at least having tried it. If only because the benefits of physical activity on your body, but also on your mind, are countless. And no matter how lazy you may be, if you try to get out of the house and throw yourself into a couple of hours of movement every week, you will feel an instant change, inside and out.
Benefits of sport on the body
- Sport makes you lose weight. Following a correct diet is not enough to lose weight and restore satisfactory fitness. In fact, it is necessary to combine a healthy diet with constant exercise.
- Especially in children, it reduces the risk of obesity.
- It improves cardiovascular activity, implementing the functioning of the heart and the consequent transport of blood and oxygenation of muscle and brain tissue.
- It is good for muscle tissues, strengthening them and making them more elastic and oxygenated.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Improves metabolism.
- Helps regeneration of brain cells by improving circulatory activity.
- It is good for respiratory activity, keeping the lungs healthy. In fact, sport can reduce stress asthma crises and trains the body for proper oxygen management.
- Reduces cholesterol levels.
- Improves the immune system.
- It is good for bones, preventing and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
- Reduces the risk of premature death due to heart attacks or ischemia.
Benefits of sport on the mind
- Improves the mood. When you exercise, the brain releases endorphins and serotonin, the hormones of happiness.
- Helps manage competitiveness. By practicing a competitive sport, you learn to win but above all to lose and manage disappointments and frustrations in this regard, learning from your mistakes and pushing yourself to improve more and more.
- It allows you to make friends. Whether you go to the gym, run in the park or in some club, you will always find yourself surrounded by other people, and this is a great way to make friends and meet new people to maybe organize yourself for the next time.
- Teach you how to work as a team. Especially for children, team sport teaches very early on that you win together and lose together, without having to blame each other. Thus, the sport teaches trust and responsibility, keeping protagonism and selfishness out of the field.
- It has a calming effect on the nerves. The physical effort helps to vent all the frustrations and nervousness that you have accumulated throughout the day, and if practiced in the morning can make you start the day in a more active and relaxed way.
- It teaches you to respect the rules. Every sport has its rules, and learning to respect them, to play clean, is essential to have fun and get the best out of the experience.
- Encourage discipline. Deciding to go to do sport, that day at that precise hour, must be a commitment that you take seriously. Of course, it is easier to respect it if you have organized yourself with other people, but even if it is just a solo race, you must strive to respect yourself and your decisions.
- It helps you to overcome your limits. With every workout, every run, every match, you will improve. And the better you get, the more you realize that you can do more and more. And the satisfaction will be enormous.
- Reduces anxiety and stress. A few hours of sport helps you to relax, let off steam, get rid of adrenaline, taking away space for bad thoughts and bad moods.
- Frees the mind and helps concentration, stimulating creativity.