Why you should practice sport?

An underestimated aspect of regular exercise is the benefit it brings from a mood point of view; playing sports is good for health, yet modern society does less and less.

Movement produces a state of well-being that lasts over time, which makes you sleep better and releases toxins and negative thoughts.

Physical activity helps relieve stress, eliminate anxiety, and alleviate the symptoms of depression.

For this reason, physical exercise is considered a powerful weapon, often underestimated, in the treatment of mental pathologies.

Aerobic exercises such as brisk walking, jogging in the park, pedaling, and swimming play a decisive role in improving mood, thanks to better blood circulation in the brain.

Regular exercise positively influences the psychophysical health of an individual even in cases of stress, anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

In healthy subjects, on the other hand, it involves an exponential improvement in their psychophysical abilities.

As for depression, clinical studies have confirmed that exercise is a natural antidepressant that can be effective in cases of mild or moderate depression, without having the side effects associated with taking powerful mood-modulating drugs.

Exercise also reduces the risk of getting depression. The very fact of cultivating an activity regularly, and repeating it over time as a positive habit, leads to a reduction in cases of relapse.

Also on the anxiety side, physical movement seems to play an important anti-stress action not only by counteracting inflammation but also by alleviating all those pains and problems attributable to a sedentary lifestyle, characterized by an excess of sugar, salt, alcohol, and cigarettes.

There is no valid excuse for not doing sport. If you feel lazy it is because you have bad habits that make you lazy, not the other way around.

Healthy nutrition goes hand in hand with physical activity and together they work together to achieve a state of psychophysical well-being that is ideal for achieving your goals, which are those of leading a peaceful life.

Other benefits physical exercise has:

  • Improve memory;
  •  Get a better night’s sleep;
  • Have more energy. Your brain feels fresh, rested, you are less drowsy, you make better use of the day, you feel lighter and more snappy and you will have less use of stimulants such as caffeine, which interfere with sleep;
  • Develop self-esteem and constancy: one of the most underestimated benefits of physical exercise;
  • Enjoy the benefits of the outdoors or smartphone detoxification: modern man is a living contradiction, he could enjoy the environment and the natural pleasures of life, thanks to advances in science and medicine. Instead, he wastes hours on smartphones blurring his mind with an excess of information and distractions that don’t help him live better.  

Sports activities also prevent and reduce osteoporosis and the risk of fractures, but also musculoskeletal disorders (e.g. back pain) but, mainly, prevent, especially among children and young people, risky behaviors such as the use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, and violent attitudes while, on the contrary, it promotes psychological well-being through the development of self-esteem, autonomy and ease the management of anxiety and stressful situations.

Why you should avoid sedentariety?

A sedentary lifestyle is the worst enemy for health, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. You don’t need to be an athlete, even a minimal daily activity is enough to break this bad lifestyle and have benefits.

To get to 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day is enough to avoid the car for every shift, a walk in the park or prefer the stairs to the lift.

After reading it, do you still think that sport isn’t important enough in our life?

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Salvina Mallemaci

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