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Sport and Health: Do Sports Improve Mental Health?

  By posted Aug 12th 2012
Healthy Living
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Not only do sports improve physical health, but they also give a boost to mental health. Several studies link mental health with outdoor sports, especially a 2008 study that was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Common youth problems like bullying and adult problems like depression and stress can be taken care of with outdoor sports.

We all know that sports have a positive effect on health. Playing a favourite sport can improve life and add years especially if you are diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and certain forms of cancer. But researchers have studied that outdoor sports improve mental health as well.

In the aforementioned study, 20,000 individuals were interviewed. Researchers compared their mental health with the daily amount of physical activity. They learnt that 33 percent of individuals who practiced sports had low mental distress.

Bullying too can reduce when kids are involved in sports. When you participate in a sport, especially a game of cricket or football, team work is important to win. Interaction reduces bullying as well as stress; you are no longer a lonely soul. You have work with a team.

When you are on the move, the blood and oxygen circulation improves drastically. This, in turn, improves the overall functioning of your body.

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