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5 Sporting Events That Can Help Improve Your Mental Health



Did you know that there are certain sports that can help improve an individual's mental health? With Mental Health Awareness Day happening today, it's important that we recognize that depression and anxiety are two conditions that can affect just about anyone; even professional athletes have admitted to having their own battles. These five sporting events are recommended by medical experts as a great way of helping boost one's well-being.


Running


Running has long been known to be good for physical health. But did you know that this sport can also improve an individual's mindset? This is because of the overwhelming exhilaration that is produced after a run. Commonly called "runner's high", it is evoked with the release of endorphins. And as we know, endorphins help reduce stress and pain. But it has been discovered to increase happiness too.

Team Sports


It's long been known that if you exercise regularly, you will have a healthier and happier disposition in life. But according to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who exercised have fewer days of bad mental health compared to those who don't. The study also revealed that those who played team sports had the fewest number of days of bad mental health.


Swimming


According to a recently published study, swimming has significantly reduced anxiety and depression symptoms for 1.4 million adults living in Britain. The study also pointed out that nearly half a million British adults diagnosed with mental health issues admitted to encountering fewer visits to a medical professional after taking up swimming as a hobby. Some of these individuals have even reduced or even stopped taking medication for their condition.


Extreme Sports


A given fact of sports is that they induce an adrenaline rush. But none of these sports can produce more adrenaline rushes compared to action/adventure sports. This is particularly true since there is a high degree of risk that comes along with the sport.


Cycling


The Barcelona Institute for Global Health released a 2018 study on the health benefits of cycling. The study pointed out that cycling, as a mode of transport, produces better mental health, better self-perceived general health, and lessen feelings of loneliness.


No matter which sporting event you choose, the important thing is that you are realizing the amazing benefits it produces not only to your physical health but to your mental health as well. Once you find a sporting event you love, you'll enjoy it and will want to keep doing it.

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