How playing sports benefits your body … and your brain – Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh

How playing sports benefits your body … and your brain – Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh


The victory of the underdog over
the favored team. The last minute penalty shot
that wins the tournament. The high-energy training montages. Many people love to glorify victory
on the playing field, cheer for favorite teams, and play sports. But here’s a question:
Should we be so obsessed with sports? Is playing sports actually as good for us
as we make it out to be, or just a fun and entertaining pastime? What does science have to say? First of all, it’s well accepted that
exercise is good for our bodies and minds, and that’s definitely true. Exercising, especially when we’re young,
has all sorts of health benefits, like strengthening our bones, clearing out bad cholesterol
from our arteries, and decreasing the risk of stroke,
high blood pressure, and diabetes. Our brains also release a number
of chemicals when we workout, including endorphins. These natural hormones, which control pain and pleasure responses
in the cental nervous system, can lead to feelings of euphoria,
or, what’s often called, a runner’s high. Increased endorphins and consistent
physical activity in general can sharpen your focus
and improve your mood and memory. So does that mean we get just as much
benefit going to the gym five days a week as we would joining a team and competing? Well, here’s where it gets interesting: because it turns out that if you can find
a sport and a team you like, studies show that there are all sorts
of benefits that go beyond the physical
and mental benefits of exercise alone. Some of the most significant
are psychological benefits, both in the short and long term. Some of those come from the communal
experience of being on a team, for instance, learning to trust
and depend on others, to accept help, to give help, and to work together towards
a common goal. In addition, commitment to a team
and doing something fun can also make it easier to establish
a regular habit of exercise. School sport participation
has also been shown to reduce the risk of suffering
from depression for up to four years. Meanwhile, your self-esteem and confidence
can get a big boost. There are a few reasons for that. One is found in training. Just by working and working at skills, especially with a good coach, you reinforce a growth mindset
within yourself. That’s when you say, “Even if I can’t
do something today, I can improve myself through practice
and achieve it eventually.” That mindset is useful
in all walks of life. And then there’s learning through failure, one of the most transformative,
long-term benefits of playing sports. The experience of coming to terms
with defeat can build the resilience and self-awareness necessary
to manage academic, social, and physical hurdles. So even if your team isn’t winning
all the time, or at all, there’s a real benefit to your experience. Now, not everyone will enjoy every sport. Perhaps one team is too competitive, or not competitive enough. It can also take time to find
a sport that plays to your strengths. That’s completely okay. But if you spend some time looking, you’ll be able to find a sport
that fits your individual needs, and if you do, there are so many benefits. You’ll be a part of
a supportive community, you’ll be building your confidence, you’ll be exercising your body, and you’ll be nurturing your mind, not to mention having fun.

100 Replies to “How playing sports benefits your body … and your brain – Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh”

  1. Individual sports won't get the team benefits mentioned in this video, what's the upside for those sports (like boxing)? Is there an upside, or does the difference in mental benefit btw sport and exercise require a team dynamic?

  2. Anyone overlook the factor of Money? When I was in high school my family was in poverty, and I could barely even afford to get notebooks for class. I wanted to be on sports teams but it cost money to be in a sports team at my high school. You had to have solid transportation to meets, buy uniforms, drinks, have your own equipment etc. Money has always kept me from sports from an early age. That and I was always picked last for teams so I sort of really hate sports as an adult now.

  3. this message is clearly targeting girls to get more involved with sports. Also, it's hard to focus on sports if you cant meet your basic needs in life like half of the world's population.

  4. I really enjoy running so my sophomore year of high school i tried out cross country because they would always be like "we're a family" and i was looking for new friends and running could be our common interest but when i got there they were really non accepting and i didn't want to be in that enviroment. So later during spring season i tried out swim and i liked it so much more, i convinced a friend to join with me so i wasn't the only new one. I still wasn't accepted with wide open arms because i was on JV but i made a lot of JV friends. Swim isn't an all year thing and i didn't want to stop swimming so i joined water polo my junior year (last year im going into senior yr now) and i enjoyed it, it was hard i got yellrd at and i improved. The people who made me feel unwelcome before were my new family and i love then to death. Try out different sports don't stick with one if you really don't enjoy it, you'll achieve so much more if you're doing something you love!

  5. But obsession with teams sometimes gets too far. People be saying mean things to Ayesha (curry's wife)is an example. A celebrity I follow was showing his passion for one team and people be criticizing him in the comment section……

  6. Sport shouldnt be mandatory in school do, some people miself include are simply not genetically well adapted to play sport well, and kid are dicks.

  7. When they said, "that last minute penalty shot that wins the tournament" I smiled. My soccer team just won our tournament two days ago and I was the one who scared the winning penalty. 🙂

  8. omg I have put the Portuguese subtitles and I thought it was Brazillian subtitles But they are European Portuguese subtitles! OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH >< 0//0 >\∆\<

  9. Meanwhile your self steem and confidence can get a big boost ……. IF YOU WIN!! if not you just get bullied and deppressed again.

  10. Supportive teams my ass. Most times I have tried to get involved with sports, people scream at those who fuck up. Not a very fun experience.

  11. How Playing Sports Benefits Your Body (Transcrição)
    1 – The victory of the
    underdog over the favorite team, the last minute penalty shot that wins
    the tournament, the high-energy training montages.
    2 – Many people love to
    glorify victory on the playing field, cheer for favorite teams and play
    sports, but here’s a question – Should we be so obsessed with sports?
    Is playing sports actually as good for us as we make it out to be? Or
    just a fun and entertaining pastime? What does science have to say?
    3 – First of all, it’s
    well accepted that exercise is good for our bodies and minds and that’s
    definitely true. Exercising, especially when we’re young, has all sorts
    of health benefits. Like strengthening our bones, clearing out bad
    cholesterol from our arteries and decreasing the risk of stroke, high
    blood pressure and diabetes.
    4 – Our brains also
    release a number of chemicals when we work out – including endorphins.
    These natural hormones which control pain and pleasure responses in the
    central nervous system can lead to feelings of euphoria or what’s often
    called a ‘runners high’.
    5 – Increased
    endorphins and consistent physical activity in general can sharpen your
    focus and improve your mood and memory. So does that mean we get just as
    much benefit going to the gym five days a week as we would joining a
    team and competing? Well, here’s where it gets interesting.
    6 – Because it turns
    out that if you can find a sport and a team you like, studies show that
    there are all sorts of benefits that go beyond the physical and mental
    benefits of exercise alone. Some of the most significant are psychology
    benefits, both in the short and long term.
    7 – Some of those come
    from the communal experience of being on a team. For instance, learning
    to trust and depend on others, to accept help, to give help and to work
    together towards a common goal. In addition, commitment to a team and
    doing something fun can also make it easier to establish a regular habit
    of exercise.
    8 – School sport
    participation has also been shown to reduce the risk of suffering from
    depression for up to four years. Meanwhile, your self-esteem and
    confidence can get a big boost. There are a few reasons for that.
    9 – One is found in
    training. Just by working and working at skills, especially with a good
    coach, you reinforce a growth mindset within yourself. That’s when you
    say ‘Even if I can’t do something today, I can improve myself through
    practice and achieve it eventually’. That mindset is useful in all walks
    of life.
    10 – And then there’s
    learning through failure, one of the most transformative, long-term
    benefits of playing sports. The experience of coming to terms with
    defeat can build the resilience and self-awareness necessary to manage
    academic, social and physical hurdles. So even if your team isn’t
    winning all the time, or at all, there is a real benefit to your
    experience.
    11 – Now, not everyone
    will enjoy every sport. Perhaps one team is too competitive or not
    competitive enough. It can also take time to find a sport that will play
    to your strengths – That’s completely okay. But if you spend some time
    looking, you’ll be able to find a sport that fits your individual needs.
    12 – And if you do,
    there are so many benefits. You’ll be a part of a supportive community.
    You’ll be building your confidence. You’ll be exercising your body and
    nurturing your mind. Not to mention, having fun.

    Como Praticar Esportes Beneficia o Seu Corpo (Tradução)
    1 – A vitória do
    azarão sobre o time favorito, o cobrança de pênalti no último minuto que
    vence o campeonato, os vídeos eletrizantes com montagens/cenas dos
    treinos.
    2 – Muitas pessoas
    adoram glorificar a vitória no campo de jogo, torcer pelas equipes
    favoritas e praticar esportes. Mas aqui vai uma pergunta: Deveríamos ser
    tão obcecados por esportes? Praticar esportes é de fato tão bom para
    nós quando pensamos, ou é apenas um passatempo divertido e recreativo? O que a ciência tem a dizer?
    3 – Em primeiro lugar, é muito bem aceito que o exercício é bom para nossos corpos e  mentes,
    e isso é definitivamente verdade. Exercitar-se, especialmente quando
    você é jovem, traz vários benefícios para a saúde, como o fortalecimento
    dos ossos, eliminação do colesterol ruim das nossas artérias e
    diminuição do risco de derrame, pressão alta e diabetes.
    4 – Nossos
    cérebros também liberam certa quantidade de substâncias quando nos
    exercitamos, incluindo endorfinas. Esses hormônios naturais, que
    controlam respostas à dor e ao prazer no sistema nervoso central, podem
    levar a sentimentos de euforia ou ao que é frequentemente chamado de
    “barato do corredor”.
    5 – O
    aumento da endorfina e a constante atividade física, em geral, pode
    aguçar seu foco e melhorar seu humor e memória. Então, isso significa
    que ir à academia cinco dias por semana é tão eficiente quanto entrar em
    uma equipe e competir? Bem, é aqui que as coisas ficam interessantes.
    6 – Porque
    acabe que se você puder encontrar um esporte e uma equipe que você
    goste, estudos mostram que há muitos benefícios que vão além dos
    benefícios físicos e mentais por si só. Alguns dos mais significantes
    são os benefícios psicológicos, tanto em curto como longo prazo.
    7 – Alguns
    deles vêm da experiência compartilhada de se estar em uma equipe. Por
    exemplo, aprender a confiar e a depender dos outros, aceitar ajuda,
    oferecer ajuda e trabalhar em conjunto visando um objetivo comum. Além
    disso, ter compromisso com uma equipe, fazendo algo divertido, pode
    também tornar fácil estabelecer um hábito regular de exercício.
    8 – A
    participação em jogos escolares também tem mostrado ser eficiente na
    redução do risco de sofrer depressão por até quatro anos. Além do mais,
    sua autoestima e confiança podem dar um grande salto. Há alguns motivos
    para isso.
    9 – Um
    está em treinar. Só pelo fato de desenvolver suas habilidades,
    especialmente com um bom treinador, você reforça uma mentalidade de
    crescimento dentro de si mesmo. É quando você diz: “Mesmo que eu não
    consiga fazer algo hoje, eu posso ficar melhor através da prática e,
    finalmente, atingir meu objetivo”. Essa mentalidade é útil para todos os
    estilos de vida.
    10 – E
    então há o aprendizado através do fracasso, um dos benefícios mais
    transformadores e duradouros na prática de esportes. A experiência da
    conviver com a derrota pode construir a resiliência e a autoconsciência
    necessárias para lidar com obstáculos acadêmicos, sociais e físicos.
    Então, mesmo que sua equipe não esteja ganhando o tempo todo, ou esteja
    perdendo, existe um benefício real através da experiência.
    11 – No
    entanto, nem todo mundo vai gostar de todos os esportes. Talvez uma
    equipe seja muito competitiva ou não competitiva o suficiente. Também
    pode levar tempo para encontrar um esporte que irá se aplicar aos seus
    pontos fortes. É perfeitamente normal. Mas se você passar um tempo
    procurando, será capaz de encontrar um esporte que atenda suas
    necessidades individuais.
    12 – E, se você encontrar, há muitos benefícios. Você será parte de uma comunidade solidária. Você estará melhorando sua confiança. Você estará exercitando seu corpo e alimentado sua mente, sem mencionar o divertimento.

  12. I've been training since I was 7. I love it and I know it's healthy in many different ways, I know it's good for me and that makes me so happy. I wanna feel healthy, strong and confident. And I do. My sport is a part of me. Part of my life. I work out almost every day. It helped me make so many amazing friends and I'm so thankful for that. Without this I wouldn't be who I am now.
    Trainings even helped me feel better when I wasn't at my best. NOW PLEASE READ THIS!! ↓↓↓

    You are awesome. You have to treat yourself the right way. Any sport is good for you. And there is no sport that you aren't good enough for. Try out for whatever you like. Don't be scared. Just do it. As soon as you can. You'll be healthier. You'll be happier. I promise you. Now I've seen comments like "I can't play sports because of social anxiety" NO. Get over it. You actually have to play sports if you are suffering from something like this. It will help you improve your social skills. You will meet so many nice people there. Please trust me! You deserve it. Your mind and your body deserve it. AND REMEMBER THIS :
    You will never FAIL.
    You can only LEARN.

  13. This one's for all the super nerdy Asians out there whose parents won't let them play in any sports because they think it's a waste of time.

  14. As someone who has been a part of dozens of sports teams since the age of 5, I can say that I completely agree with the idea that playing sports is not only good exercise for the body, but it is also good for the mind. I am a college student and a college athlete. I am a member of a 55 person swim team. I work out, both in the pool and on land, at least four hours a day. I am not only getting a significant quantity of exercise important for preventing things like diabetes and heart disease, but also I am getting additional benefits as well. My teammates keep me motivated and make me feel like I am a part of something bigger. The sport helps me stay organized and team practices change my mood significantly for the better. Playing a sport is important for not only your physical health, but also your mental strength. It is good for both the body and the brain.

  15. This video is inaccurate because it does not consider the time trade off. Sports often takes a lot of time if you play seriously. Would it be better to get the minimal exercise to still be healthy and invest the remaining time making more money or strengthening career related skills? Furthermore, young people can take considerable damage and still repair itself, whereas older individuals will have to focus on health. Money is more valuable in early life because it can be invested to make a lot more money in the future. Money also affords better treatment and better doctors. A rich guy can probably afford to hire an entire team of doctors and trainers for personal health. Thus, young people should focus on money rather than on health, but focus on health as they get old.

  16. I have never liked sports. I play to win, not just doing it for fun or for team spirit. A team never encouraged or supported me as much as God or myself can help me more

  17. I have discovered a place that resembles an encyclopedia of sports. It includes all the details related to all the kinds of sports. Just go to Google and type: "PlayGuide4U" to find out the magic.

  18. I can’t play sports because I have a disease called wiscot aldrich so if I bleed it woulda not stop so I just play video games I wish I could play sports but I still love video games

  19. I think it’s absolutely necessary to train both, body and mind. Not only because it´s healthier, but because it´s fun to be stronger and smarter than other people. Maybe my small website could also be useful: idea-empire.jimdo.com

  20. I think my biggest problems with sport are: my lack of stamina (just the lack energy and enthusiasm in general), I don't like being around people at all and the fact I burn calories faster than concord burns fuel like seriously I weigh like 5.5 stone and I'm like 5ft 4'' tall I cant put on weight and I eat a lot.

  21. OKAY NOT THE VIDEO BUT THE COMMENTS HAVE HELPED ME SO MUCH NOW I'M GOING TO BE IN SPORTS THANKS YALL FOR THE GOOD COMMENTS IT'S WHAT I NEEDED..

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