Keep Healthy with Sport!
There has been so much media coverage about the need to keep healthy, and the benefits of taking part in a sporting activity.
There are so many clubs and groups around that it’s easy to find a sport that suits you, whether you prefer getting muddy on a rugby pitch, getting wet in a swimming pool, or jigging around your local park!
Try asking friends, family and work colleagues if they have any suggestions. It’s often easier to start a new activity if you go along with someone else, especially if it’s a new sport or if you’re a bit shy.
There’s no need to worry though if you have to go on your own. These groups will welcome you with open arms, introduce you to the other members, and make sure you’re not thrown in at the deep end.
Using sports for health has benefits both for physical and mental health. It’s important to make sure both of these are taken care of in these technological times, as we often run the risk of losing social interaction. So many of us spend the majority of our time online that we lose out on face-to-face contact. By joining a sports club, or even just getting a group of friends together for a game of badminton or tennis, you’re gaining so much. Sharing experiences is an important part of mental wellbeing, even if you’re not very good. Just being with friends, laughing, talking and interacting is something we could all do more of.
Taking part in a sporting activity has obvious physical benefits. Getting a bit out of breath is good for your cardiovascular health, gets the blood pumping, strengthens bones and tones muscles. It can also help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of a stroke and heart disease. As your physical health improves, your immunity will increase so you should notice a reduction in minor illnesses like coughs and colds.
Sport helps with weight management, though it’s important to remember that as you lose body fat, you’ll gain muscle so may not notice a huge weight loss, depending on your starting weight. Don’t be discouraged though, you’ll start to see improvements in fitness levels and body shape fairly quickly.
Mental health is big news right now, it’s no longer something we should suffer in silence with. Sharing your problems is much more acceptable, and goes a long way to help you cope. Taking part in sports can be a big help if you need a boost. It freshens the mind, boosts your self-esteem and encourages a positive attitude. It can help with all aspects of life, from work to personal life, and can improve your discipline and teamwork skills.
Just do it
It’s easy to incorporate sports into your everyday life, from a family bike ride to a Sunday morning swim. Check out your local council website for lists of sports centres and clubs, they’ll often have taster sessions for you to give it a try. Get friends and families involved for some fun and fitness, and you’ll soon start to see the benefits.
Start your own club
If there isn’t a club near you, start your own. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy, just getting a few people together can be all you need. If you want some motivation, our range of medals is an affordable reward to entice your members to try their hardest. Check out our gallery to see what’s available, then choose a medal style and customise them to make unique medals.
For more information about the health benefits of sport see Sport England