We’re all very excited for March 29th with outdoor sports activities returning. With Gym’s opening up again on April 12th we can say goodbye to our Joe Wicks and Chloe Ting.
Being able to participate in these activities does so much for not only our physical health but also our mental health.
Whether we are playing a game of football on a Sunday morning or going on a top golf date it is so important to get back out to give your health (mental and physical) a big boost!
Research has shown that exercising for around 150 minutes per week can help with our mental health to fight anxiety and depression.
There is something that is invigorating about exercising outdoors, it is said that exercising outdoors has more benefits than exercising indoors.
Physical exercise, whether it is team sports or individual focussed sports help our bodies function better but also help our mental health condition in a big way. Team sports help us keep engaged, energised and our morale is boosted by encouragement from our team members. Individual focussed exercise is also great as it is more thought provoking and stress reliving, an example of this golf.
Another big benefit of playing sports is that it can improve our brain power making it more efficient.
Research has shown that those who play sports have an ability to filter out noise and static. This in turn allows us to process information a whole lot better in different situations. In a situation where our brain is getting a lot of different info, it will filter to make us focus on the 5% that we need.
In essence, sports can improve the way our brains process information by allowing us to focus on the info that matters. It helps us cut the waffle.
While we are enjoying ourselves playing sports outside its important to be as safe and cautious as possible. We need to play it safe.
Here are some things we can do:
- Timing – We can choose to go to the gym / play our sports at hours where the location won’t be as busy as peak hours. Avoiding locker rooms and public toilets is the best course of action.
- Hydration – As we are nearing summer it is key to make sure we are all hydrated! It can be easy to forget about something so simple but we must stay hydrated.
- Sharing – We have to be as safe as possible and this means restricting sharing equipment, water bottles, face masks etc.
- Sanitise – We must continue to be as clean as possible, that means making sure we are clean. This includes any equipment that is used.
- Nutrition – Eating fruit and veg daily s a huge benefit as they are packed in essential vitamins.
Finally, exercising outdoors can mean more pressure on our bones and joints. Check out our bones and joints blog to learn more on what we can do to have optimal bone and joint health.
Vitamins K2 and D3 are essential for great bone health. Make sure to supplement these to support your bones in the best possible way.