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Mental Benefits of Playing Sport

By Pledge Sports, 05/02/19, 12:00PM CDT

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Regular exercise also has the power to increase one’s concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. 

It’s well proven that sport is beneficial to our physical well being and we’ve written lots about it.  Studies have also proven that exercise can play a deeply therapeutic role in addressing psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, stress and sleeping problems.

Let’s break this down to explain how sport / exercise is so import to our mental well being:

1. Prevention and management of depression and anxiety

Exercise has been described as a “wonder drug” in preventing and managing mental health. Many GPs now prescribe physical activity for depression, either on its own or in conjunction with other treatments.