Sport gives you countless physical benefits, and the gains aren’t just for your body. Today we want to focus on 3 of sport’s advantages for your mind. Remember them when you need a little extra motivation, and get moving to see the change.
1. FEEL MORE OPTIMISTIC We now know that the happiness hormones generated by your own body are the most powerful well-being cocktail. Whenever you do physical activity, endorphins, serotonin and dopamine flood your body, making you feel so much better. More relaxed and more energetic, as well as more connected to other people, braver and more likely to experience intense joy.
2. IMPROVE YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE In addition to the incredible benefits of those neurotransmitters, sport is also good for your self-image. Feeling healthy and seeing yourself in a better light is vital to upping your self-confidence, loving yourself a little more and appreciating yourself a little better. Not to mention that achieving goals is another great way to build self-esteem. Self-esteem is how you generally view yourself, define what you deserve and what you're capable of achieving. You need balanced self-esteem to lead a full and happy life, to improve, to take the right decisions and to achieve what you really desire.
3. REJUVENATE YOUR BRAIN Many studies have shown that exercise can help reverse at least some of the undesirable effects of a sedentary lifestyle. It can also help slow cerebral aging and other degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Regular sport is an analgesic and an anti-depressant. And it also improves cognitive processes and memory. Sustained exercise can enhance your ability to think, as it seems to increase the size of the hippocampus, an area of the brain associated with learning and verbal memory.