Physical exercise and psychological well-being go hand in hand

February 2011

The lack of sporting activity in Western societies is one of the most serious problems that threaten the physical and mental health.

Active people have about 40% less likely to suffer depressive symptoms compared with sedentary.

Most psychological experts are agree on practice of any sport is one of the most cheap psychological therapies that exist because of its many benefits.

Psychological benefits of sport

Reduces stress: Reduces anxiety, depression and its effects such as irritability and moodiness, it releases the tension.
Generates motivation: Increases the ability to raise and tackle challenging goals but also realistic and achievable.
Sharpens the mind: Increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, improving learning ability, concentration, memory and alertness.
Enhances self-esteem: By improving body image and go achieving goals, increasing self confidence and develop the spirit of excellence in other aspects of life.
Produce well-being: Stimulates the release of endorphins, which are hormones that produce feelings of pleasure.
Entertain: Allows you to distraction from worries, have fun and provide a healthy lifestyle.
Provides tolerance to frustration: We learn not to become discouraged and struggle with consistency and intensity for what we really want, overcome the setbacks that inevitably arise.
Reduces depression: More and more physical activity is used as a complementary therapeutic strategy and even, sometimes, as an alternative to other forms of treatment for treating mental health problems. So much so, that experts say that active people have about 40% less likely to suffer depressive symptoms compared with sedentary.

According to Dr. Carlos Diez, "sports gives us the opportunity to learn, train and enhance mental skills will serve us to improve the sport that we are fans as well as any other area of life, such as professional, academic or personal".