The Effects of Sport on Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental Health

Mike Friday, our co-founder, and one of the world’s leading Rugby coaches, believes that regular exercise or playing a sport is essential for maintaining physical and mental health.

Mike Friday suggests four specific ways in which sport positively affects mental health:

  1. Improves Memory and Cognitive Functions – Just to reiterate. Regular exercise improves memory, thinking capability, reasoning skills and helps increase focus and attention span. Basically, exercise aids in enhancing a person’s intelligence level. We all know that a good memory, strong reasoning and thinking capability is important to succeed at work, and in life in general.
  1. It’s a Good De-stressor – When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, also called the happy chemicals. Endorphins are known to help reduce stress and affect mood positively. If you’re less stressed and happier – as a result of regular exercise, you are bound to be able to keep your extreme emotions in check.
  1. Helps Deal with Depression and Anxiety – Lately, scientists and medical professionals have been advocates of building physical activity or regular exercise into our daily regime to help deal with these mental disorders. Various studies have shown that there is a link between physical activity and mental wellness. To experience the effects, it needs to be regular, as this article in Harvard Health Publication says; “regular exercise can improve mood in people with mild to moderate depression. It also may play a supporting role in treating severe depression”.
  1. Teaches Team Work and Builds Self Confidence – Playing a team sport (rugby, cricket, basketball, etc.) helps you learn how to work with the team in its best interests. This teaches coordination and teamwork. Apart from making you a team player, participation in sport is also great for building self confidence. Sport or regular physical activity enhances your physique and keeps your brain active and agile – all of these things make you feel good about yourself, which in turn builds self confidence.
  1. Enhances Creativity – This doesn’t really come as a surprise. When you are becoming more focused, stress free, and happy, you are bound to be a bit more creative. Perhaps this is why creative people like writers are advised to “go for a walk” when they feel stuck.

Physical activity makes you happy and improves your brain functioning. Reasons enough for you to take up exercise seriously. So pick an activity that you like and build your mental health along with your physical health.

Through Bounce Life, Mike Friday is encouraging people to work towards building a fitter and healthier UK. Contact us today, to learn more.