Need More Fitness In Your Life? Get Into Sports

There are a lot of great reasons to participate in sports, at any age. To start off with, it’s a great way to make friends and learn team work. However, sports is also beneficial to your health.

You don’t have to be on a team to get the health benefits of the physical activity sports gives you. You just need to get up and move. Sports can help your mind and your body.

Sports And Your Brain

Whatever your sport of choice, getting active in sports can do a ton of great things for your mind. First of all, it helps improve your mood. A quick run around the block can get the endorphins pumping in your body which makes you feel happy.

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Focus and concentration are also things that fitness can help sharpen. It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting hoops in your own driveway or part of the high school basketball team. Sports teach you to pay attention, you need to aim and move. You need to have great hand-eye coordination.

Oh, and those endorphins also help you fight depression. Fitness also helps you get a better night of sleep so you can have energy to get back at your sport of choice again the next day.

Sports And Your Body

Participating in sports gives you a full body workout. It helps you tone your muscles and burn calories which can lead to weight loss. It’s not just good for the visible parts of your body though.

Sports and regular fitness are great for your heart and lungs. Exercising helps you keep blood circulating, so that you are working to fight heart disease, controlling diabetes, and even keeping your cholesterol down.

You’ll find the more that you exercise the more energy you’ll have. The more energetic you are the more calories you’ll burn. You’ll feel like a whole new person.

A woman jogs during the cool morning air in a downtown Montreal park Thursday, July 28, 2011 with daytime temperatures expected to hit the 30's C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Some Great Sports For Your Age

Depending on your starting health, anyone can participate in nearly any sports. Something like skiing is an extreme all over body workout, but if you don’t have the flexibility for it you can get hurt.

For people that aren’t looking for something as extreme as skiing or surfing, but want a good workout and have the ability to move around, basketball and baseball can be great sports that workout the whole body as well.

If you can’t do much running anymore, there are still sports that will give you a lighter workout and will still help you use your mind. Try golfing (but leave the golf cart behind) or maybe even bowling.

Sports are a great structured way to get fitness. They are fun and good for your body. There are many types of physical sports, from the more low intensity to the highest intensity. You can always start low, with a few rounds of golf each week, then work up to some hoops or tennis.

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