Sports and physical activity are quite enjoyable ways to spend time. But did you know that they offer several significant advantages for your physical and mental health?
- Physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease. Various studies have discovered that exercise can strengthen the heart and facilitate the blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the organs of the human body. Also, regular physical activity boosts levels of high-density lipoprotein (also known as “good” cholesterol) and decreases levels of unhealthy triglycerides (fat in the bloodstream), making the blood flow smoother and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- One of the biggest benefits of regular exercise is its ability to improve mood and relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Physical activity helps the human body release endorphins, the “happiness” chemicals, and reduce the level of stress hormones.
- Physical activity associated with weight or resistance training increases and improves the function of joints, bone density, and muscle, tendon, and ligament strength. Particularly, strength training can prevent and manage osteoporosis, although every type of exercise is generally capable of that. You can say that any type of activity that improves posture can result in this effect.
- Another benefit of exercise is weight loss. Increased expense of calories and specialized diet both contribute to the weight loss and better weight control of an individual. The more active you are the more calories you use. Even relatively low-intensive kinds of activity (such as taking stairs instead of lift) can help burn more calories.
- Physical activity equates longer life. Research by the Harvard-affiliated Brigham, Women’s Hospital, and the US National Cancer Institute discovered that around 150 minutes of brisk walking per week can increase the life expectancy by 3.4 years. 650,000 people were involved in their 10-year-long study. Even obese people (those with a body mass index of more than 30) who engage in regular physical activity were discovered to have longer expected life than inactive people with normal weight. Generally, the more we move, the longer we are likely to live.
- Physical exercise improves the activity of the brain, and latest studies have shown that it benefits our memory. Researchers from the US compared two groups: one that had exercised for one month and one that hadn’t. The active group performed better in memory tests.
- The blood flow to the genital region of the human body improves sex life of both men and women. Studies have shown that physically active men and women are less likely to develop an erectile dysfunction and more likely to achieve orgasm respectively.
- During exercise, you get tired, which helps you fall asleep faster. According to a study conducted by Oregon State University, people who have at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week sleep significantly better.
Physical activity doesn’t have to be heavy strength or intensive aerobic training to benefit your health. You can have fun, exercise just to catch up with your friends, and enjoy running and jumping outdoors, and you will gain the same benefits. It is even better if you are happy with your physical activity. So, if you are exercising regularly, know about the benefits of sports. If you are not so physically active, think about adding exercise to your routine to make your life a little bit better!