Carrying out a sport is ideal for maintaining physical and mental health, as apart from helping to be in shape, it improves the quality of life, prevents some diseases and improves learning. In a general way, these are the benefits of practicing the sport constantly.
Minor neuronal degeneration: It has been found that some cognitive skills in older people were better in those who practiced some type of activity than in those who did not. This means that practicing exercise helps prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s
Improves school performance: As with adults, cognitive processes in children who practice a sport on a regular basis are better than those of more sedentary children. The cognitive skills that have been favored are working memory, attention and inhibitory control. An improvement in the child’s synchronization is positively related to the improvement of academic performance, especially in math and reading. These benefits are related to an increase in blood flow in the brain, better assimilation of nutrients and greater activation.
Improves cognitive and sensory function of the brain: This happens thanks to the fact that exercise improves the secretion of brain neurotrophic factor, neurotrophin related to the nerve growth factor that is located in areas such as the hippocampus and the cortex. The brain neurotrophic factor improves the survival of neurons and one of the areas benefited is the frontal lobe, responsible for complex cognitive processes or executive functions, such as attention, working memory or behavioral control.
Promotion of socialization: The practice of some sports, especially team sports, facilitates the understanding and assimilation of rules such as acceptance of the rules, respect for the other, responsibility and companionship. In addition, it contributes to the reduction of aggressiveness, teamwork, group cohesion, concern for others and empathy. In the individual field, it favors self-discipline, self-knowledge, perseverance and tolerance to frustration.
Regulates the dream: By practicing sports we improve the quality of sleep and, therefore, our mind is clearer in order to be able to function in day-to-day activities.