We all know that exercising has a ton of benefits that keep the body happy and healthy, but getting that exercise through playing a sport offers other benefits that exercising alone can't bring.
When our bodies get physical activity, we begin to release a number of chemicals that improve our bones, brains, blood, muscles, and digestion. When this activity comes in the way of dedicated exercise, there is an additional benefit of learning to focus, setting goals, and dedication.
Playing sports, though, provides all of the physical benefits of exercise while providing several psychological advantages that don't come with being active alone.
There's no denying that, as a whole, humans really love sports.
Of course, there are always some people who view sports as a waste of time, but as TED-Ed explains, it's more worthwhile than it may seem. The Olympics, World Cup, and Super Bowl all draw massive amounts of viewers on a global scale, but many people also have a team that they support all the time, celebrating their victories and mourning their defeats.
The science behind why we get so worked up over sports is interesting, but playing those sports ourselves is much more dynamic.
Many people might think that they only time to be in a team sport is to play it as a kid or make it in the pros, but that's just not true. Colleges often have intramural leagues that students can join for little or no cost and there are adult recreational leagues for almost every sport.
Parents often get their kids involved in sports to improve their social skills and get them some exercise, but adults can always benefit from having to play well with others, too. Even if you aren't able to resume the same sport you played in high school because your knees aren't what they used to be, it's never too late to try something new. After all, just because you played volleyball in high school doesn't mean you won't have a great time learning how to play soccer.
Learn more about how your body and brain benefit when you play sports here:
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