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Effect of Sports on General Health

Sports have an immense impact on a person’s daily life and health. They do not just give you an interesting routine, but also a healthy body. Engaging in physical activities like sports improves your heart function, reduces your risk of diabetes, controls blood sugar, and lowers tension and stress levels. It also brings positive energy, discipline, and other commendable qualities to your life. Playing sports strengthens your body and also improves your muscle memory and muscle coordination. Primary health care doctors recommend taking part in sports on a regular basis. There are countless benefits of sports; some of them are here for you.

Weight Control

The problem of obesity is faced by millions across the globe. Being obese increases the risks of hypertension and heart disease. One of the best ways to get rid of obesity is by indulging in sports. Physical activity helps you control your weight. Most sports are intense physical activities that burn extra calories quickly and efficiently. Taking part in sports is a great way to burn away all that extra weight and get the ideal body shape.
Playing sports, while managing a proper diet plan, can prove to be far more efficient than anything else. Obesity is caused by the extra fat present in your body. This body fat can be burned by working out. The only problem is that working out feels like a chore and more tiring. On the other hand, sports are fun. You keep playing even after getting tired because you enjoy it.

Effects of sport

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Lower Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major health risk for people from all parts of the world. Hypertension can cause a stroke or other health diseases. Regular physical activity and exercise help you keep your blood pressure normal. Sports provide you with all the stretching, running, and exercise that you need. Thus, taking part in sports can be a great way to tackle high blood pressure. Most health experts and doctors recommend people suffering from hypertension take regular exercise. Sports are the best form of physical workout that’s both interesting and thrilling. People who take part in sports regularly are found to have normal blood pressure as compared to those who do not.

Lower Cholesterol Levels

Playing sports helps you control your cholesterol level. Exercise helps you maintain a lower cholesterol level. According to multiple types of research, it was proved that people with high physical activity had lower cholesterol levels as compared to those who maintained a sedentary lifestyle. Physical activity is very important for maintaining a low cholesterol level. Top athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and others are found to have astonishingly low cholesterol levels even after thirty years of age.

Better Blood Circulation

hemoglobin count

Blood circulation begins to improve as you play sports. By running or taking part in other physical activities, the body remains well-oxygenated. Thus, you stay more healthy and active. Being active might also increase hemoglobin count and blood volume. When you play, your heart starts to pump faster and an extra load is put on your heart muscles. This extra load strengthens your heart muscles, which improves the overall flow of blood. Regular aerobic exercise increases the capillary density of working muscles in a healthy way. Aerobics also increases the mitochondrial count in the fibers of working muscles. Your heart starts to function better, resulting in a better heart pumping rate. The overall result is that you can exercise harder under less stress.

Stronger immunity

Yes! You read it right. Regular exercise also strengthens your immune system. Your body becomes immune to many diseases. Exercise increases the rate of flow of white blood cells significantly. As you sweat while playing sports, toxins are removed from your body. The rise in body temperature also lowers the chances of bacterial growth.

Muscle training.

Muscle training

Sports are the best way to have a proper muscle workout. It is fun to play and does not feel like a chore. At the same time, they give you strong and toned muscles. This is only possible if you continue to play active sports like soccer, football, tennis, and baseball regularly. By engaging in sports you tone your muscles and train them for working together. It is known as neuromuscular programming. As you play your muscles become stronger and stronger. By playing sports you gain lean muscle mass and burn fat at the same time. If you want a perfectly lean body with shredded six-packs and muscles, this field might prove to be more helpful than the gym. For gaining such muscles you must prefer sports that involve the movement of most of your muscle groups. The physique of top athletes is an inspiration for all of us.

Stronger bones

Stronger bones

Taking part in sports not only strengthens your muscles but also your bones. During sports, you put stress on your bones with high power and strength movements; this, in turn, increases your bone density which results in stronger bones. For example, unlike normal walking, running while playing puts extra load or stress on your bones. In order to withstand this increased load stress, the bones adapt and become denser. If you continue to take part in sports, your bones keep becoming stronger and denser due to continuous stress. As we grow old our bone density keeps on decreasing. Indulging in sports might be the easiest way to maintain good bone density and remain strong with advancing age.

Stronger mind

sharper mind

Sports bring a positive attitude to your life. They make your mind sharper and stronger. Sports are fun to play and they refresh your mind. Being good at sports makes you feel good and accomplished and boosts your self-esteem. Playing team sports also boosts your strategy-making ability. Through sports, you learn to make decisions quickly and instinctively. This quick decision-making ability is highly useful in everyday life. Sports also teach you to stay calm and think with a cool mind. They teach you to make decisions in high-stress situations without panicking or getting hyper

– Disclaimer –

This blog is for informational & educational purposes only, and does not intend to substitute any professional medical advice or consultation. For any health related concerns, please consult with your physician, or call 911.

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Last reviewed by Dr. Syra Hanif, M.D. on 09/25/2019

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    Dr. Syra Hanif M.D.

    Board Certified Primary Care Physician

Dr. Syra Hanif is a board-certified Primary Care Physician (PCP) dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centered healthcare.

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