What Are the Mental Health Benefits of Sports?

Written by TrevStone

We are all aware that physical health and fitness are essential and that we must all exercise regularly to accomplish this and live a long and healthy life. However, your mental health is also essential. If you want to live a healthy life that is also a happy, contented one, you must think about your mental health, even if it is something that is all too easy to forget about or at least temporarily disregard.

Sport can be an excellent way to stay physically and mentally fit. Here are a few examples of how it can help. 

Boost Your Mood

Participating in physical exercise can help you lose weight, build muscle, and improve your lung capacity. It can release hormones and chemicals into your body, enhancing your mood and calming you. Whether it’s a team sport, a solitary endeavor, or even playing an online game at, the impact is the same.

Not only will the surge of natural chemicals in your brain improve your mood, but because you will be concentrating on what you are doing rather than thinking about the things that are bothering you, you will feel better in general – your worries will seem much further away and of little consequence in the grand scheme of things. 

Improved Concentration 

When you are unable to focus on a project at work, school, or at home, the outcomes will be of much lower quality than if you were able to devote your whole attention to it. Opportunities can be lost in this manner, and if you are in business, your reputation may suffer as a result. Once this has gone, it’s all but impossible to get it back. 

Sports, however, improve your concentration, and the more you play, the greater your ability to concentrate will be. Playing sports for just thirty minutes three times a week can improve your attention and help you see things more clearly in all areas of life.

Lessen Loneliness

No matter how fit and strong you are physically, your mental health will suffer if you are experiencing loneliness. Being with other people who share your interests is a wonderful way to fight loneliness, which is why doing sports is important. Even watching sports can be helpful when it comes to feeling lonely.  

Talk to people around you about the game you’re watching, its popularity, leagues, other sports, and your favorite team’s previous success, and you’ll notice how much better you feel.

Reducing Stress

Stress is a major issue that we all face at some point in our lives. It may be fleeting and gone before we know we were stressed, or it can be a long-term disorder that impacts every aspect of our life.

The latter may lead to a variety of physical problems, including: 

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) 
  • Stroke 
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Ulcers 
  • Gain/loss of weight 
  • Insomnia

In addition to producing the mood-enhancing chemicals described above, sports will also generate stress-relieving hormones known as endorphins. These hormones target and decrease the number of stress hormones in your body, giving your brain a greater opportunity to see the good in everything rather than the bad.

About the author


Trevor 'TrevStone' Uren founded Pro Sports Extra in 2011 at the age of 13. He's hosted a podcast since 14 years old and continues to grow each month! He's currently 24 years old and has interviewed hundreds of professional athletes, business owners, and others who are shining online! Uren has built Pro Sports Extra to over 5M monthly visitors.