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    Any form of physical activity triggers the release of chemicals called endorphins, which make you feel happier and more relaxed as well. This explains why you feel so great after playing a pick-up game of basketball or throwing a football with your dad—it doesn’t have to be an intense session, it’s just about getting on your feet, increasing your heart rate, and having fun at the same time.
    ports are all about setting, working toward, and accomplishing goals, which can be extremely rewarding and empowering. These goals might be to win the game, score a goal, perform your best, or simply have fun. Whatever the case, setting these team or individual goals can provide heightened feelings of self-worth and confidence.
    Exercising regularly can bolster mental skills like critical thinking, learning, and concentration abilities. And on top of that, engaging in physical activity such as playing sports or cycling may help prevent the development of certain cognitive and neurological disorders, like Alzheimer’s and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). So pick up a bat, a ball, or a glove and get out there!
    Exercise reduces our level of stress hormones, whilst simultaneously stimulating the production of endorphins, as we discussed earlier. This is equivalent to the perfect equation for reducing stress and keeping the development of depression far, far away, as well as the perfect reason to revisit your favorite sport.
    Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to fall asleep after a good workout or sports game? I sure have. I used to sleep like a baby when I played sports every day. That’s because daily physical activity makes you tired, helps you fall asleep faster, and deepens your sleep as well. As long as you don’t play sports too close to bedtime (which may keep you awake and energized) physical activity is certainly a good way to improve your sleep quality.

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    Playing team sports provides the perfect opportunity for social interaction. It allows you to spend time and bond with old friends, as well as meet new ones! In addition, this increase in socialization can help reduce stress and also increase your mood, so don’t wait for a second longer to tackle your favorite sport or try a new one, whether that be volleyball, football, soccer, hockey, gymnastics, or any other. You’ll reap the many health benefits and have fun doing it.

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    Many studies have examined the efficacy of exercise to reduce symptoms of depression, and the overwhelming majority of these studies have described a positive benefit associated with exercise involvement. For example, 30 community-dwelling moderately depressed men and women were randomly assigned to an exercise intervention group, a social support group, or a wait-list control group.17 The exercise intervention consisted of walking 20 to 40 minutes 3 times per week for 6 weeks. The authors reported that the exercise program alleviated overall symptoms of depression and was more effective than the other 2 groups in reducing somatic symptoms of depression (reduction of 2.4 [walking] vs. 0.9 [social support] and 0.4 [control] on the Beck Depression Inventory [BDI], p < .05). Doyne et al.18 utilized a multiple baseline design to evaluate the effectiveness of interval training in alleviating symptoms of depression. The participants exercised on a cycle ergometer 4 times per week, 30 minutes per session, for 6 weeks. This treatment was compared with an attention-placebo control condition in which subjects listened to audiotapes of “white noise” that they were told was subliminal assertiveness training. Results indicated that the aerobic training program was associated with a clear reduction in depression compared with the control condition, and the improvements in depression were maintained at 3 months post intervention (BDI mean reduction of 14.4 points from baseline, p < .05). In another study, just 30 minutes of treadmill walking for 10 consecutive days was sufficient to produce a clinically relevant and statistically significant reduction in depression (reduction of 6.5 points from baseline on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression


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