Americans observe National Physical Fitness Month every May. The month-long observance is a great opportunity to develop people’s awareness of the benefits of being physically active. Physical fitness is the key to a healthy life and can lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer, and type-2 diabetes. Physical activity can also delay the onset of cognitive decline among older adults.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

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Playing sports is one good way of becoming physically active. In addition, sports can positively influence your mental and emotional health. Several studies have found that participation in sports can help reduce depression and anxiety. It is particularly beneficial to people who do not have access to traditional treatment for mental health problems.

Being physically active through participation in sports has both long-term and short-term effects. Long-term benefits include sustained physical health. Short-term benefits include mood improvement and increased energy. A 30-minute physical activity will immediately bring positive results, such as clearing the mind of worries and stresses that may accumulate through the course of the day.

Sports bring numerous physical benefits. They can help you control your weight by burning calories and developing muscle tone. Sports can also improve the function of your cardiovascular system, resulting in the lowering of your blood pressure and minimizing the strains on your heart. People with type-2 diabetes will see reduced blood sugar readings as a result of their physical activity. There will be improvements to a person’s cholesterol levels, muscle growth, and bone density.

Participating in team sports will bring the added benefits of improving social relationships. Sports can allow you to meet and cooperate with team members in uplifting ways.