We all like to move, or at least, our bodies need it. This is why many people engage in athletic activities, from dancing to sports, not to mention everything in between. Not all sports activities are as dynamic and require as much fitness as others. Yet, sports have been shown to help us in multiple ways. Sports are fantastic for working out our bodies, but also for helping our minds relax and de-stress.
Here is how sports can help us lower our stress level.
Sports Are a Social Thing
Sports are not just physical, but also very social. The very definition of sports includes competition, meaning more people. Whether you are competitive or not, does not really matter, but spending time with people does. If you have a couple of good friends, you should call them and organize a little sporty meetup. No matter which sports you play, you should have fun and also have a little workout, depending on your fitness levels and intensity of play. Both of those can help lower stress.
Sports Are Physical – Physical Activities Relax the Body
While talking to your friends over a game of basketball is certainly helpful, running and dribbling is also satisfying. Making a very physical outplay can be pretty good. Practicing on your own, for example, running, can put you in a meditative state. Focusing on the sound of your steps, your soles, heels and your breath, can help you relax. Our bodies produce hormones after a good exercise and these hormones do indeed promote good feelings and satisfaction.
Sports Are Aplenty
No matter whether you prefer team sports like football and basketball or individual sports like tennis and swimming, you can choose from a variety of sports. There are enough sports to satisfy everyone.
Some sports help us because they have other people on our teams, raising morale and clapping after a great play, or keeping our chins up after a bad one.
Individual sports make us feel better because there is nobody else to count on but ourselves, which is liberating while also being scary. There is nobody to lean on but ourselves and that can be a challenge to overcome, at first.
Moderate, even intense exercise, can help boost our immune system, and after a while, our bodies become much more resistant to the changing of the elements, not to mention various bacteria and viruses. We are by no means immune to everything, but dodging or quickly disposing of the common cold should help everyone feel a lot better about themselves.
Knowing that you are healthy and are most likely to stay healthy will lower stress. A big part of stress comes from the fact that we are aware of plenty of diseases that exist in the world, over which we have no power or influence. Having our bodies be more immune and ready for a challenge will lower stress.
Sports can do a lot for us, from helping us socialize to helping us build confidence and a stronger immune system. All of these can assist in battling stress.