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It’s not a secret that consistent physical activity and involvement in sporting activities has a tremendous positive impact on an individual’s quality of life by improving both muscular and cardiovascular systems. But did you know the benefits don’t stop there? Here at thebasesareloaded.com we have a passion for all things baseball however, we also appreciate any form of athleticism and sportsmanship. Whether it’s on the field or just in your daily life, you can apply the concepts of discipline and teamwork to almost any circumstance. thebasesareloaded.com focuses on discussions centered around the benefits that participating in sports. Below are just some of the many positive outcomes that have been proven to be a direct result of physical activity.

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Physical Benefits

We can’t begin to list all of the benefits that sports provide to your physical health, there are just too many. However there are 3 main aspects that almost everyone could improve upon with increased physical activity.

Weight Management

Increased physical activity can help to achieve immediate weight loss but, involvement in sports can promote long-term health benefits. Sports increase metabolic heart rates which increase lead body mass while simultaneously trimming the fat through burning calories. Depending on if you are looking to lose weight or maintain a significant amount of weight loss, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources recommends anywhere from 75 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical aerobic activity every week.

Heart Health

Did you know about 40 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by coronary heart disease which is directly caused by inadequate physical activity? Participating in sports can directly combat stress, obesity, and other issues that lead to high blood pressure and deteriorating heart health. In studies conducted by the British Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology sports participation was proven to decrease the risk of coronary disease by an average of 50% in those studied.

Muscle Maintenance

With age it becomes increasingly more important to participate in physical activity for the health of your bones, joints, and muscles. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. And that is why building that strong foundation at a young age is even more important. In fact, those who practice regular sporting activities were proven to decrease their risk of colon, breast, and lung cancer anywhere from 300%.

 

Mental and Emotional Benefits

You obviously know that physical activity is good for your physical health, but did you know being involved in sports also benefits your overall emotional and mental health as well? Sports can be a form of mental therapy for those who suffer from psychological disorders. In fact, as discovered by the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University, after just 25 minutes of physical activity, patient’s moods and energy levels improved. Sports also allow people to participate in an event with other people. Being exposed to positive social environments decrease the risk of cognitive decline while reducing anxiety.