More and more people suffer from mental health issues these days because there is so much to worry about in the world. Whether its finances, family issues, or problems at work, there’s plenty to be stressed about. Many people are seeking help from drug and alcohol treatment centers due to the rise of addiction in recent years. Whatever the reason, looking after and managing our mental health is key.
Experts often point towards exercise and sports as a stress reliever. Exercise can be life changing for many reasons, from the endorphins released, to the community and support you’ll find when participating in athletics. Here are a few of the best sports to take up to improve your mental health.
Running is the number one pastime when it comes to trying to clear the head and improve your mental health. It can produce high levels of endorphins which not only give you that natural high, but can also reduce cravings for those that do suffer from addiction.
What’s more, it can be as solitary or social as you want it to be, with the exercise perfect for running alone, podcast in the ears, or with a group of people, with running clubs available to join in pretty much every town across the world.
Swimming significantly reduces levels of anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that people who swim regularly reduce the number of visits they make to medical professionals, as well as reducing the amount of medication they take.
For those looking for something more social and require that extra level of motivation, team sports are perfect. You can meet like-minded people, develop support networks, and create friendships that will last a lifetime. No matter what sport, team activities can boost communication skills, teamwork, companionship, leadership skills and improve self-esteem, no matter what your level of skill.
There are plenty of ways you can enjoy cycling, from getting out on the road with a cycling club, to exploring trails through the countryside. It doesn’t matter how or where you want to ride your bike though, the social nature of cycling clubs, alongside the physical exertion it requires has proven to be a huge hit with people wanting to improve their mental health.
So, if you’re feeling anxious over the stresses of everyday life, consider devoting some time to exercise and try out a new sport!
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