Friday, 1 July 2011

Team Sports

I have been reading an article recently (a few times over as it so happens) regarding team sports. I take part in team sports (football, or soccer) at least two or three times a week and the article definitely struck home with me. The basic premise of the article suggests that team sports increase ‘happy hormones’ as well as increasing fitness levels.

The study, at West Virginia University, suggests that training solo means you are five times more likely to have a poor perception of your own health. This means that playing sport in teams can help to avoid depression and boost hormones making you a happier person!

I’ve always found it easier to exercise through playing football, rather than going to the gym (although I do go to the gym) as it is a far more enjoyable experience. Now it seems that this will help me both physically and mentally.


  1. That's interesting. But I guess it's obvious, I just never thought about it.

  2. interesting study, never thought of that before!

  3. I never thought about this either, which is interesting, because I've always worked out solo--simply because no one can keep up with me. I feel that by working out with others, I had to slow down and do less to stay at their level.

  4. That's an interesting thought. I think that it probably more to do with sports than working out, but it always has something to do with the fact that it makes it more enjoyable. Thanks for the feedback.

  5. Interesting.
    Though I kind of hate exercise.
    Thank god I have a fast metabolism...

  6. I'll only go to the gym to check out the cute guys.

    Seeing as the gym in my neighborhood is frequented by middle aged dudes....yeah, I don't go to the gym.

    The study's really interesting though.

  7. PeaceLoveandSharpies, I wish I had a fast metabolism, it would make it all a lot easier! Unfortunately I have to work at staying in shape.

    Lemons, I don't blame you for not going to the gym!