Physical Health Benefits of Sports

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Mental health benefits in sports are significant in that sports could be used to treat or prevent certain mental illnesses. Physical health benefits include improving cardiovascular function, muscle strength, bone density. Also, there are the following:

Healthier Bones

Participating in sports makes your muscles pull on your bones, which stimulates the growth of bigger, stronger bones.

Healthier Lifestyle

Participating in sports can give you an overall healthier lifestyle by making you eat better and also become more active because it has been shown that physically active people are less likely to gain weight compared with those who are not physically active.  It was found out that this group of individuals had lower rates of obesity. They were also less likely to have high blood pressure, strokes, heart diseases, or Type II diabetes. 

Healthier Weight

Due to an increase in physical activity and a reduction in caloric intake that accompanies such activities, the body is forced into burning fat stores for energy instead of carbohydrates. This can lead to weight loss even when you are not trying to lose weight Moreover it has been shown that women who participate in sports have more success at maintaining their weight compared with those who don't. For men this was not true because they tend to take part less in sports than do women, hence resulting in them being less likely to maintain their weight.       

Healthier Brain

Studies have shown that regular physical activity can have a significant effect on the brain. It has been shown to improve memory and thinking in older adults, reduce the risk of dementia, and reduce depression and anxiety.