The great thing about university is that firstly, the gym is on campus so you can literally slip on your running shoes and be there in 5 mins, but also, you get really cheap gym membership which can also get you into university sport clubs (depending on your uni). This is great for someone who is health conscious because whether it’s football, netball or even a game of cricket, playing sports is beneficial to you. There are so many ways that you will benefit from just one game of any sport, even if it lasts for half an hour. Not convinced? Here are four ways that playing sports helps you.
Get Fit and Healthy
The first is the most obvious way. By playing sports, you increase your physical fitness. The blood gets pumping around the body, and your heart rate increases. You will soon find that you can move around for longer, and will reduce your risk of various health problems that are connected to lack of exercise (as long as you are wearing the right trainers so that you don’t injure yourself).
Playing sport will also help you lose weight. This is especially the case when used with a healthy, balanced diet. You start to create a calorie deficit, so your body needs to use more of the stored calories to give your body the energy it needs. That leads to you losing weight because the calories will come from the fat stored.
You Feel Better
Mentally, you will feel better from playing sport. Exercise releases the happy chemicals in your brain, so you get a boost in feel-good hormones. It is a natural anti-depressant, and something that everyone benefits from. The more sport you play, the better you will feel (shoe shopping has the same effect on me!)
Socialise With Others
Playing sports usually involves other people. You get the element of socialising with other people, and that helps you in a variety of different ways. First of all, you will feel better knowing that you have friends. There is also the element of wanting to play the sport more, so you improve your physical fitness levels. You can also socialise outside of playing sport, but the games are often where people interact on a common level first.
Isn’t it time that you took up a sport? Think about the ones that you enjoyed playing as a child, and look for teams and clubs in your local area. You really will benefit from joining them. Be sure to research what equipment is required for each sport so you can prepare by having the right running trainers and clothing.