The benefits of engaging in sport have been recognised by a wide range of professionals in the health, charity, and educational sectors. It can provide a great way to connect all ages, genders, and levels of ability. Here is a concise rundown of some of the ways in which sport can benefit both you and your community.
Perhaps one of the most well-known benefits of engaging in sport is the effect it has on our physical health — from weight management, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility to endurance. With a fit body you’ll have more confidence, why not sport that (pardon the pun) with a new pair of women designer jeans from http://www.cuba-clothing.com/womens/jeans.html.
More recent research supports sport and exercise as forms of treatment (and prevention) for a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and insomnia. The NHS website says that at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week for adults will help keep both body and mind in peak condition.
Engaging All Ages
Sport can be a great way for young people to gain confidence and social skills by joining teams with friends or even developing personal drive and discipline by training for a solitary sport. Puberty can see a rise in both anxiety and depression, but sport can help maintain a healthy body image and sense of purpose. The same is true of people in later life. A loss of confidence or feeling isolated can be a terrible part of ageing, but sport can connect the elderly with others and rekindle fond and forgotten memories. The Alzheimer’s Society recently recognised the benefit of reminiscing about sport as an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers.
Engaging others in sport can be an immensely rewarding experience and beneficial to everyone involved. You may be a beginner interested in starting a local running group, for example, or an experienced athlete wanting to train and encourage the next generation. There are many activities and routines available, such as circuit training, field hockey drills, weight training and more that can all be adapted to suit a range of abilities. Pre-planned training routines or coaching plans are available from organisations so why not take a look.
There are now more ways than ever to get involved in an active lifestyle. Sport can be a powerful way to connect you not only to your own health and body, but also to your friends, relatives and community.