Benefits of sport

Doing sport is good for health, yet modern society does less and less.  According to the data recorded, 40% of people aged 3 and over declared that they do not practice sports or other forms of physical activity in their daily life and this figure has worsened with the Covid-19 situation with the closure of sports centers.

 On the one hand, as the Ministry of Health points out, this is due to the development of automation, including in domestic work, and the social depreciation of manual labor, on the other hand, the dominance of motorized transport, the reduction of spaces and safety for pedestrians. and cyclists, children’s free play areas, parental models, and the weight attributed to motor activity in the school curriculum.

 Yet low physical activity has an exponential impact on people’s health.

 The human body needs movement, regular physical activity helps to reduce the risk of pathologies and has positive effects on the mental health of the person.

 There are now several scientific studies that confirm the benefits of sport on health:

 improves glucose tolerance and reduces the risk of getting type 2 diabetes

 prevents hypercholesterolemia and hypertension and reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels

 decreases the risk of developing heart disease and various cancers, such as those of the colon and breast

 reduces the risk of premature death, particularly that caused by heart attack and other heart diseases

 prevents and reduces osteoporosis and the risk of fractures, but also musculoskeletal disorders (for example back pain)

 reduces the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression

 it prevents, especially among children and young people, risk behaviors such as the use of tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets, and violent attitudes and promotes psychological well-being through the development of self-esteem, autonomy, and eases the management of anxiety and stressful situations

 produces energy expenditure and a decrease in the risk of obesity


 A sedentary lifestyle is the worst enemy for health, and a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.  According to the World Health Organization, physical activity means “any effort exerted by the musculoskeletal system that results in a higher energy consumption than in resting conditions”.

 A wide-ranging definition that includes, in addition to sports activities, even the simple daily movement.  You don’t need to be an athlete.

 Even minimal daily activity is enough to break the sedentary lifestyle and have benefits.

 To get to 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day is enough:

 • move by bicycle or on foot to go to work or shop, thus avoiding the car for every trip;

 • a walk in the park;

 • prefer the stairs to the lift;

 • engage in housework;

• think of small but useful tricks, such as getting off at the first stop if you are traveling by bus. 

 With the practice of regular physical activity, the heart becomes more robust and resistant to fatigue.  Aerobic activity increases the body’s demand for oxygen and the workload of the heart and lungs, making circulation more efficient.  A trained heart pumps a greater amount of blood without additional expenditure of energy: 10 fewer heartbeats per minute mean 5,256,000 beats per year saved.

So what are you waiting for, go out have fun, take a nice walk in the middle of nature and if you can’t because you have to work or you are too busy with personal commitments it will only take you half an hour even at home, put on a good song and dance alone, this is for you it will help you feel better about yourself

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Nadia Chahed


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