When you’re physically active, you benefit yourself not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. Being active releases endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals and hormones in the body that elevate your mood and that bring about a sense of calm. Endorphins help you to relax and can alleviate anxiety. You may see that you’re in a very positive mood right after exercising because of those endorphins, and it only takes about 15 minutes of physical activity to put yourself in a better mood.
Sports and being active can also help you to sleep better at night. When you expend energy during the day, your body craves sleep to recharge itself and to rest and heal. If you sit on the couch all day, your body has expended very little energy so there’s no reason for it to be tired at night. You might toss and turn and never get the rest you really need. Some wrongly assume that to have energy, you need to be inactive, but in truth your body works the opposite way; you need to be active so you can rest which in turn gives you the energy you need the next day.
Participating in sports can also help you to keep your weight down and keep yourself fit and trim. You will build and tone muscles so you’re stronger overall. Keeping your weight under control keeps you healthy; excess body weight puts pressure on your joints and your back, and fat can collect around your internal organs. You have less risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and even certain cancers when you keep your weight under control. You may also see that you have a better sex life when you participate in sports, since you’ll be more proud of your figure and will want to show it off between the sheets!
Being part of a team can also help you and your self-esteem. When you play team sports you work with others toward a common goal, and have the satisfaction of seeing improvement and of winning games. All of these are good reasons to consider getting involved in sports!