Physical development and health are a given when one engages in sports. But what is often underrated is the fact that sports can actually change a person for the better and we don’t mean just the physical. Care to find out what else?
Several studies have been published about the emotional and mental benefits of sports regardless if it’s played professionally or just for fun and leisure. One highlights its ability to make a person happy. Since it involves exercise to a certain degree, it releases dopamine in the brain which is the so-called feel good hormone responsible for the feeling of pleasure and reward. This is why a lot of people actually feel energized and relaxed despite the intense physical activity.
It is for the same reason that sports in general helps relieve depression, anxiety, feelings of neglect, anger and frustration. It can both help cure and prevent them. As a matter of fact, many psychologist advice patients to try them out as it serve as a healthy outlet for bad energy.
Focus and discipline are also involved which is why individuals that engage in these physical activities tend to develop their attention to detail, problem solving skills, restraint, and obedience among others. Additionally, it improves memory capacity, creativity, and innovation. These life skills are very crucial not only while playing the sport but in life in general.
Moreover, it helps build confidence not only in oneself but also towards others. It helps individuals realize their strengths and the weaknesses that they can improve on. It both allows people to see their worth and to acknowledge and accept their flaws. The balance provides for the development of one’s self worth which is a healthy exercise that we all should do on a daily basis.
Because sports are often fast-paced and require a combination of mental gymnastics and physical adeptness, a person can also develop and improve one’s information processing, decision making and problem solving skills even under a tight setting and tons of pressure.
With sports, people are also taught about teamwork, initiative, relationship building, the give and take relationship, giving credit, and grace in defeat among others. These are values that are very crucial at home, in school and at work.
So can sports change us for the better? You’ve just read about it and we bet our bucks that it most definitely does.