We all know about the physical benefits of physical activity. Since we were kids we’ve been told that between thirty and sixty minutes of exercise a day will help lower our risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. What you may not know is that physical activity has some surprising social benefits too. We are going to talk about the top 5 social benefits of physical activity.
Now that we are slowly re-entering the social sphere following the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we treasure our time outside.
So, what are some benefits of physical activity?
- Sports allow you to re-connect with friend
- Promote social skills
- Meet new people
- Develop teamwork skills
- Improve self-esteem
1) Sports allow you to re-connect with friends
Humans are social creatures. Most of us have not been able to see our friends during the last few months, so exercising alongside them is a great way to reconnect, improve your physical and mental health, and enjoy being outside in the summer sun! Why not ask a friend to play a game of tennis as a fun way to catch up?
2) Promote social skills
Whether it’s playing with others as part of a basketball team or being in the company of people as part of a walking group, engaging in physical activity helps to encourage social interaction. Many young people find it difficult to step out of their comfort zone, but physical activities provide a relaxed environment to form stronger relationships with others.
3) Meet new people
As we grow older, our opportunities to meet new people decrease. Take advantage of joining a sporting team at your high school, university, or community centre to make new friends! Team sports are an excellent way to help deter feelings of loneliness and belong to a community of like-minded people.
4) Develop teamwork skills
Playing a team sport helps you improve your communication skills by learning how to communicate with others quickly and effectively. Playing sports is a great way to develop skills such as cooperation and listening so that you can work with and learn from others.
5) Improve self-esteem
Participating in sports has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Physical activities such as dance and gymnastics provide an excellent opportunity for self-expression to help build your self-esteem. Team sports allow people to integrate into their community, which fosters a sense of belonging that improves self-confidence and mental health.