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The Importance of Sport for our Mental Health

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Can sport improve your mental health?

An increasing number of studies state that taking care of mental health and physical exercise are two of the keys to overall well-being. Setting and maintaining a range of healthy routines helps you feel better. So, in this article we’d like to discuss the relationship between mental health and sport.

What is good mental health in sports?

Mental health is the state of balance that must exist between a person and the socio-cultural environment that surrounds him/her. It is the basis for the well-being and objective functioning of individuals and the community they live in.

So, it is important to include psychological, emotional and social well-being, which influences how a person feels, thinks and acts when faced with a stressful situation.

What factors can affect mental health?

Despair, insecurity, rapid social change, the risk of violence or problems affecting physical health. Personal, family, work and school experiences, cultural values and social interaction also play a role.

The importance of good mental health

The state of mind defines happiness. So, although many aren’t concerned about mental health, it is really important to be aware of it and take care of it properly. 

Attending to the needs of the mind is not just about preventing stress, or even denying negative emotions such as anger, fear or sadness. It is about effectively managing emotions and daily thoughts.

What are the benefits of maintaining good mental health?

Fosters psychological and social balance

You’ll have good mental health if you strike the balance between yourself and with others. In this way, you’ll be able to better manage the obstacles you face on a daily basis and perform any task better.

On the other hand, when your mental health is suffering, you’ll be in a state of anxiety, overwhelmed and stressed out, causing you to lash out for no reason at all. 

To better manage emotions and thoughts you don’t have to meditate, but to be aware of what is happening and try to be flexible. 

Something that can help is to engage in physical activity, as the psychological benefits of sport when it comes to improving mental health are proven. In this regard, doing physical activity with electrical stimulation as a supplement has a wide range of advantages, not only physical, such as losing weight or becoming stronger. It has been scientifically proven that electrical stimulation training is more motivating than conventional training, because the experience of electrical stimulation in our body is unique. On the other hand, it helps us to rest better, alleviate stress and release tension.

Forge healthy, nurturing relationships

Human beings are social beings by nature, and a healthy mind favors enriching and healthy relationships with the environment. This is a must for you to feel better about yourself.

If you’re emotionally unwell, your ability to relate to others will be affected. This can make you feel isolated and lead to feelings of loneliness.

Remember that cutting yourself off to avoid a particular situation is nothing more than a band-aid, it is never a solution.

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Helps manage stress and keep anxiety at bay

Chronic stress can be the trigger for several health problems. It is not the same to feel the adrenaline through the body in a specific situation, as it is to constantly live with that level of intensity. 

This feeling can turn into anxiety. With this signal, you should be aware that something is seriously wrong and you are knowingly ignoring it. Having good mental health will enable you to look at things with perspective, to prevent certain situations from continually tormenting us.

Proper stress management will help us to be more productive, deal with pressure better and prevent constant frustration. Ultimately, it will improve mood. A great ally to handle stress and release tension is electrical stimulation, which provides great benefits for the body.

Helps deal with pressure

When you are in a good state of mind you’ll have more self-esteem. In this way, you’ll be better able to face and cope with any kind of pressure. 

In short, taking care of the mind will prevent external factors or circumstances from conditioning happiness or decisions. 

How to prevent stress, anxiety or depression?

Good mental health and physical exercise are closely related. In fact, exercising regularly releases endorphins that will improve your sense of well-being and take your mind off your worries. In this way, you’ll move away from the negative spiral of thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.

Regular physical exercise offers a series of highly valuable emotional benefits:

Greater confidence: Achieving your fitness goals boosts your self-confidence and getting in shape makes you feel better about the way you look.

You’ll be more sociable: Doing sport will give you the chance to meet new people to socialize with. What’s more, a simple hello or a brief conversation with these people can boost your mood.

You’ll deal with your problems in a healthy way: Making the decision to exercise to deal with depression and anxiety will make you feel better.

Psychological benefits of sport

Apart from the role played in the body by endogenous chemicals that enhance the feeling of well-being, sport itself produces other psychological effects. Which ones? Let’s take a look at them.

  • Improves your general level of fitness, and that reduces the possibility of suffering from anxiety, stress or other disorders.
  • Favors sensory stimulation, as you should pay attention to the environment, materials, your trainers, your colleagues, etc.
  • Improves psychomotor skills.
  • Promotes intra- and interpersonal communication and social skills.
  • Self-esteem improves as we overcome new challenges.
  • Reduces the consumption of certain medications, as it helps to release certain substances that are secreted when they are consumed.
  • Surround yourself with people with healthy habits to favors the getting into new routines that are good for you.
  • Improves planning, because you must follow a schedule and be disciplined in order to do the sport in question. Something that also improves the sense of responsibility and independence.
  • Stimulates emotional intelligence, in other words, self-knowledge and self-control of emotions. What’s more, it improves personal effectiveness, as it helps to overcome complicated situations.
  • Helps you overcome adversity. In other words, it improves the ability to be resilient.
  • Favors empathy in the face of failures and victories and, also, resistance to stress.
  • Reduces subjective fatigue.

What is the relationship between sport and mental health?

Regular exercise can be the solution to the problems and imbalances caused by modern lifestyles. We refer to those related to lack of concentration, anxiety and stress.

“A person’s physical condition is directly related to mental balance.”

The balance of regular sport on mental health has a direct influence on the perception of general well-being.

A person’s physical state is directly related to mental balance. Exercising is perfect to have more energy during the day and, what’s more, the physical results are very positive. Taking up physical activity brings about a change in a person’s lifestyle and gives them a new mental attitude. 

The impact of sport on mental balance is not only a subjective sensation; it also produces an objective physiological process, as neurotransmitters are released that generate a feeling of happiness and relaxation.

What’s more, physical activity stabilizes certain proteins, acts on the CNS (Central Nervous System) and prevents certain health issues caused by the imbalance of these substances.

For these reasons, sport is a key element when it comes to treating mental illnesses and other illnesses, as it kick starts the immune system and acts on a memory level.

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Which sports are the most suitable for our mental health?

In principle, there is no one sporting discipline that is more effective than another when it comes to improving mental health. Ideally, you should choose the one you like the most and adapt it to your needs, capabilities and age. In this way, you’ll be able to enjoy the relationship between mental health and sport to the max.

Personal training with electrical stimulation

Individual training enhances the skills to become a more independent person while fostering self-improvement. A good way to do this is with EMS or electrical stimulation. Thanks to the electrical stimulation vest or biosuit, with this technique, you can obtain benefits that will allow you to perform better in your regular training routine.

Group classes 

On the other hand, group classes foster interpersonal relationships, increase motivation and lead to less excuses being made. Having the feeling of belonging to a group can be very exciting for people without a group of friends. It also encourages healthy competitiveness.

What’s more, a higher level of enjoyment, satisfaction and effort is experienced in group training and classes. That, in the end, has a positive effect on the overall experience. Did you know that the Wiemspro system is prepared to perform group electrical stimulation training for up to 12 people? Training in a group setting, and achieving visible results customized to individual goals has never been easier.

Training with friends

Training with friends not only keeps you motivated and spurs you all on, it also helps you to stick together and be more united. What’s more, training sessions will be much more fun.
In short, choose the type of exercise that makes you feel the best, because any sport will help you to have good mental health. If you have not yet tried EMS and are unaware of everything it could do for you, we suggest subscribing to our blog to keep up to date with all the latest news.

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