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5 health benefits of playing sport

2019-03-27 14:32

Cape Town - Numerous studies have proven the health benefits of taking part in sport: it lowers your cholesterol level, improves the efficiency of your cardiovascular system, helps control your weight and helps prevent the onset of diabetes.

These are just some of the major benefits of playing sport. There are numerous blogs with more information on this topic, but here are some of the unknown positive health benefits sport has on your body.

These include an easier time focusing, managing your stress level and a more regular sleep cycle.

1. Self-Esteem

Many have cited that their overall self-perception has drastically improved since they started doing regular sporting activity. They feel better about themselves and they learn to appreciate what they are capable of doing.

Some see losing weight as a huge boost in morale, and for others, it's being able to play the sport that they love.

Whether it's the release of the happy hormone called endorphins, or getting an ego boost the better you get, sport activities help increase your self-esteem.

2. Immunity

Our immune system is directly tied to our health. When we eat junk food and live a sedentary lifestyle, it's easy to fall victim to illness. But we can make accommodations like eating better and doing regular exercise with sports activities.

You'll notice that once you become conscious of your health and changing your habits like engaging in sports and improving your diet, you'll become more resilient at getting sick. Regular activities can also improve your immunity by removing harmful toxins through sweating and improving the delivery of white blood cells that fight viruses and bacteria around the body.

3. Sleep

Many people find it hard to fall asleep or get a night of quality sleep at night. It's been known that sports have an impact on the quality of sleep you receive each night.

Regular exercise makes it easier for you to fall asleep a lot quicker and deeper. Deep sleep is the most restorative part of your sleeping cycle. It is during this time that repairs are done to your body.

When you do a lot of activities, your body craves a chance to heal itself through sleep. You'll notice that you get healthier and a restful night's sleep after an intense game. This will make you wake up far more refreshed and energised.

4. Cognition

As we get older, it is inevitable that our brain's function deteriorates and become weaker and weaker. Our cognitive function then suffers and we find it harder and harder to focus. That might be unpleasant to hear but it's true.

But through regular physical activities like sports, we can slow the process of cognitive decline, even preventing it from developing. Many doctors recommend daily exercise and a healthy diet for those individuals with known hereditary cognitive illness in their family.

5. Creativity

And speaking of cognition, sports activities have also been known to improve one's creativity.

Those in the creative field suffering from lack of inspiration or mental block usually recommend some sort of physical activity to help them move past that blockade. Doing sports increases blood flow to the brain, giving it the kick it needs to remove toxins and give it a proper nourishing.

It is particularly helpful when the physical activity you do is set outdoors where you're closer to nature. You'll notice it is easier to think of new ideas, clear a mental block, and get the inspiration you need to finish a task.

Remember these surprising benefits the next time you play sports. Not only are you taking care of your body, but you're also helping improve your mental state.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and have fun.

Author Bio: Leanne Brooks is a passionate blogger and sports enthusiast who loves to write about sports, physical fitness, healthy lifestyle and more.

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