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Paul has been passionately involved in sports such as tennis, badminton, and rugby for many years. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.

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Having been involved in numerous sports over the years, and currently a keen player in a tennis team, I thought it would be good to look at some of the many benefits of sports.


As well as the many well established health advantages, there are also some social & psychological bonuses from participation too. There has been a substantial amount of research done on the health benefits of exercise and thể thao and I've listed link to a few of them at the bottom of the page.

I am not a medic or come from a medical background. Keep in mind that this article is written from the perspective of a keen player. I would strongly recommend that if you are considering starting taking up a sport, you should speak khổng lồ your doctor first, especially if you haven't been physically active recently.


Generally speaking, in order to avoid injury or harm, you should be cautious regarding physical exertion, start gently, and gradually increase the intensity as you become fitter.

10 Benefits of Playing Sports

Healthier HeartReduced Stress và AnxietyDiverse Social ConnectionsReduced Risk of DiabetesReduced body FatTeamworkSleep BetterLower Blood PressureImproved AppearanceImproved Mood

1. Healthier Heart

Unfortunately, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the USA, but the good news is that numerous studies have shown that the regular exercise from participation in sports can dramatically increase heart health và reduce the chances of dying from cardiovascular disease. A study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, for example, showed that people who swam, or participated in racket sports (such as tennis, badminton, squash), or did aerobics (including dancing) experienced dramatic reductions in mortality rates for cardiovascular death. The reduction rates were 41% for swimming, 56% for racket sports, and 36% for aerobics.

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2. Reduced Stress and Anxiety

Over two thirds of Americans say that they experience bức xúc or anxiety on a daily basis, but did you know that studies have shown that the physical activity involved with sports participation can reduce these problems? According lớn Harvard Medical School, exercise combats bao tay through both neurochemical và behavioral means. Aerobic exercise reduces stress-inducing hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, while at the same stimulating endorphins, which provide mood elevation và a general sense of well being. Behavioral benefits include better self-image as you thua thảm weight and gain muscle tone, as well as increased confidence, vigor, and energy.

3. Diverse Social Connections

Sports clubs và teams contain people from different backgrounds, professions, và ages, but everyone is united by their enthusiasm for the game. It's a great way to meet new people & socialize. Also, if you ever need to lớn find a lawyer, builder, or access local knowledge & get recommendations, asking at your local sports club is often a great place to start. I can't tell you the number of times that I've been helped out directly by other team members, or through their advice on issues within và outside the sport. Whenever I go to lớn a new location, the first thing I do is join a sports club & make new friends và contacts.


4. Reduced Risk of Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association recommends a combination of aerobic activity & strength building to lower the risk of developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes (as well as managing diabetes generally). Examples of sporting pursuits that can reduce risk include: cycling, swimming, tennis, running, rowing, and skiing.

5. Reduced body toàn thân Fat

Participation in sporting activities has been established as a great way to thất bại weight. According to lớn the British Journal of Sports Medicine, exercise that involves short bursts of intense effort is the most effective, but a lower intensity workout can still work for those who can't go too hard for whatever reason. According to British fitness writer & sports therapist, Katie Hiscock in her bbc article on fat burning, it's important khổng lồ remember that: "Losing weight is a simple maths equation - you need to lớn burn more calories than you consume each day." Sports can help you to burn off calories in a fun way.


6. Teamwork

Playing as part of a team is a great way to bond with others. It can create a profound sense of satisfaction when communication, cooperation, and previous practicing all comes together positively. Teamwork can be a wonderful learning experience for children, và can improve the morale & efficiency of an adult work group. Teams can bring a deep sense of belonging, và you never stop learning when you are part of them, in my experience.


7. Sleep Better

Although there have been only a limited amount of studies that have looked at the relationship between exercise & sleep, there does seem khổng lồ be a positive connection. According khổng lồ the National Sleep Foundation, regular exercise can help people with problems sleeping to lớn get more slumber, although the precise mechanism for how this happens is still not known for certain.

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8. Lower Blood Pressure

According to lớn the Mayo Clinic, regular aerobic activities can be used to control or lower your blood pressure. Aerobic exercises are basically anything that uses a variety of different muscles in repeated và rhythmic movements. Aerobic sporting activities can include things like playing tennis, badminton, running, bicycling, và swimming. In its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the US Department of Health và Human Services advises that adults aim to vị a minimum of 50 minutes (2 hours và 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour & 15 minutes) khổng lồ 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. On a personal level, I measure my own blood pressure regularly and in my experience, there is nothing quite like sport for lowering it.