Team Sports and Mental Health

There has been a new mental health study released this past week in the United States. The findings indicate too much exercise may not neccesarily improve people’s mental wellbeing. Instead of exercising solo you should join a team sport and exercise with them.

On average, participants had 3.4 days of poor mental health a month, the results showed. But compared to people who reported doing no exercise, people who exercised reported 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month – a reduction of 43 percent.Among the 75 types of exercise recorded, all types were linked with better mental health. The strongest associations were seen for team sports, cycling, aerobic and gym exercise.

This was not a small study. Over 1.2 million Americans, of varying ethnicities, ages, size, fitness and mental wellness took part. The results took into account the different lifestyles of the people in the study. It’s always been said that sport can positively affect mental health, now we know that there are links. The scientists behind the study admitted there may not be a direct cause and effect between the two but even a link is a great sign.

The best path to take, according to the study, is to play a team sport two-three nights a week. Finding a local Oztag team, joining a cycling club or learning tennis in a group could all help. Some of these options are very affordable as well.

So if you want to try something new, and improve your physical and mental wellbeing, get out there and throw a ball around with a team.

By Megapodius.

August 20, 2018

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