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8 Psychological benefits of doing sports

Sport is one of the most effective tools to combat some diseases, such as obesity, diabetes or cardiovascular disorders. Its physical effect is proven by countless studies. The medical community does not doubt its benefits for the health of our body, but does the same happen with mental health?

Physical activity improves our mental functions, autonomy, self-esteem and our subjective feeling of well-being and happiness. Numerous psychological benefits that make more and more treatments include it as something essential for improvement and relapse prevention.

Psychological benefits; Exercise is one of the healthiest habits that we should practice regularly. It strengthens us physically, prevents numerous diseases and is an effective treatment against a few others. Although it doesn’t always seem like we have the motivation or time, we need to know that it is mandatory to do so. Not only for the physical reasons already known but also for the positive mental level that it offers us. The following psychological benefits will make sport become an essential part of your life.

Increase your performance. Workers who play sports regularly manage to eliminate their stress levels better. In this way, by disconnecting, they manage to increase performance again. This reset is especially effective if done at noon or first thing in the morning.

Improves self-esteem. Sport helps us feel better about ourselves, not only for the effect of improving our body. At a mental level, it gives us validity, the ability to work for a goal and improves our self-perception.

Improve relationships. By giving us greater confidence in ourselves, it predisposes us to social contact. We feel we have better tools and we enjoy social interaction more.

Prevents cognitive diseases. If our brain is always stimulated, we achieve that in the long term it does not atrophy. Physical exercise has this effect, both physically and mentally. Having the brain activated brings with it the advantage of preventing degenerative diseases, such as some dementias.

Increases brain performance. Exercise has the power to produce more and better connections between our neurons. In this way, it improves performance and brain capacity. This predisposes us so that there is no deterioration in memory and we can learn more quickly and efficiently.

Increased happiness. The most direct effect on our well-being is by activating the production of endorphins. This neurotransmitter reduces pain and generates stable and elevated feelings of happiness. Physical exercise is prescribed in mood disorders, such as depression. Activates the body and stimulates energy and a sense of well-being.

Less anxiety. Physical activity helps us calm the body and mind, it has two functions, one, it ends up calming muscle tension once we have stimulated the body with exercise. Two, it distracts us from worries during the time we are practicing it. This makes us feel liberated and reduce stress.

Feeling of control. When we establish habits, regardless of what they are, and mobilize our actions to achieve a goal, we gain a sense of control. We have responsibility for our actions and we see their results. Sport achieves this on a psychological level.

It does not matter our age, work or state of health. If we look for a sport adapted to our conditions and our needs, we can benefit from the effects of physical activity. These effects go far beyond our body and end up generating mental effects that help us overcome diseases and also protect ourselves from them.

This article was originally published on elPeriódico