How Does Playing Sports Make You More Healthy?

There’s no doubt that playing sports can potentially benefit your health. Some of the benefits are more obvious, but you may be surprised to find out that you can benefit not just physically, but emotionally as well. Before starting any new sport or exercise regimen, though, consult your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you.
Physical Health

Most sports involve a certain level of physical activity; some more, some less, but all typically get your heart pumping faster at least part of the time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity each week, to help stave off chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Of course, it’s still important to check with your doctor before embarking on any new sport.
Mind-Body Benefits

The most obvious benefit to playing sports is the benefit to your physical body, but sports can help your mind stay healthier too. In fact, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that older people who participate in sports and exercise had significantly less brain shrinkage overall — a sign of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease — than those who didn’t do as much exercise.

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Training camp: Physio gym session

We take a closer look at the work Team Sky are putting in off the bike in Mallorca, starting with physio gym work.

Hard work takes place around the clock at our December training camp in Mallorca. Gains can be found out on the island roads, but they can also be carved out in the gym.

Whether hitting the weights or working on rider core, understanding each rider and their body is key to getting the best results when the racing starts.

Team Sky Physio Dan Guillemette talks us through a physio gym session with Geraint Thomas.

“We’re working in the gym with G. It’s quite an important time of year when we first get together in December and we can start to address some of the issues that riders may have had. We sat down with G earlier in October and we went through his muscular skeletal profile and looked at areas that he considered as weaknesses. We also looked at what his goals were for 2016 and worked quite closely with his coach as well. For next year it’s important to start addressing those issues now.

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Ringside in the Gym – 15th September

When he was eight years old, Amir Hussain Lone lost both his arms in an accident at his family’s saw mill in Indian-administered Kashmir. Now, at 26, he’s mastered cricket and is the captain of the Jammu and Kashmir para-cricket team.

Before the tragedy I had no passion for cricket – it was only afterwards that my love for the sport began. I used to go to our neighbour’s home to watch games because we didn’t have a TV set at home, but then one day, when I was cheering on my favourite cricket players, they turned the TV set off and asked me to leave.

That hurt me. I left, but I still wanted to watch the match. I ended up watching a whole innings from outside, spying through a crack in their window, and it was at that moment that my feelings for cricket crystallised and I pledged that I would play.

I struggled hard to develop my technique, whether it was bowling or holding the bat. Thanks be to God, I have done pretty well.

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