There are a lot of benefits to playing sports. Most of these benefits are of the physical aspect like having lower cholesterol and hypertension level, improved blood circulation, a strong heart and toned muscles and strong bones which contribute to having a correct height and weight ratio. Sports also bring a positive effect on one’s mental health. It helps lower stress level and helps in building self-esteem and discipline.
With all these benefits, it’s no wonder many people consider it a favorite activity. Not only sports promote good health, but it is also enjoyable and fun especially with family and friends. Being a sports fanatic particularly that of football could also be beneficial. Studies even suggest it’s like playing the sport yourself.
We already know that watching football releases happy hormones when our team wins. This is one of the positive reasons why we should be engaged and committed to being football fans or any sports for that matter. But aside for the release of endorphin and serotonin, watching a game also induces the release of cortisol, the hormone that is responsible for our body’s reaction to fight or flight situations. The release of cortisol while watching a game helps our body use carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It also regulates our blood pressure, increases our blood sugar and boosts our energy, so without having to be in a real and dangerous fight or flight situation, our body benefits from all of these. Now, you don’t have to feel guilty splurging on those AFL tickets because you are doing it to regulate your mood!
Feeling anxious before and during a game accelerates our heartbeat and the result of this is comparable to us as if engaging in a strenuous exercise. When our brain is agitated, our sweat glands are also active making our body flush out toxins just by sitting down and watching our favorite team play against others. Of course, if you are already suffering from some health problems particularly cardiovascular, it is recommended that you avoid getting worked up and better to get the advice of your doctor first before you watch some nerve-wracking and anxiety inducing football match.
When we watch our team play it feels like we are also part of the team. We share their frustrations and we share their happiness. When the game is almost finished and we are losing, we sweat bullets and our heart’s beating really fast. But if the team managed to pull through and miraculously win, we forgot about all our anxieties and worries as if we are the one who scored the winning goal or touchdown. With our mirror neurons which make it easier for us to put ourselves in other people’s shoes, we managed to feel elated after every victory minus the physical pain of being tackled.
These are just some of the reasons why watching football is good for your physical and mental health. We must also not forget that merely by investing our time and emotions to something we are passionate about, it makes our life more exciting, interesting and entertaining.