I often hear the phrase "how much sports do you do?!"
This is actually a question which is difficult to answer because I do not want people to compare their performance with mine as it is a bad indicator for an inaccurate measurement. The question people have to ask instead is "WHY do you do sports?"
This is s question which I would like to simplify the answer to physiological and mentalbenefits.
Physiological benefits of sports
This is too obvious, the science behind cardiovascular benefits to muscular reinforcement is a given! What is really interesting is in the next session...
Mental benefits of sports (much more important imo)
Feel good hormones: if you could activate your endorphins at will, which makes you feel happy, wouldn't you always push that button? Well the easiest way to release these hormones is through a certain level of laughter and physical exercise!
Stress relief: sports help me get rid of my stress through the act of physical exertion, endorphin release and taking my focus away from my worries.
Stay sane and vent out the crazy: we have all felt like throwing things, punching a pillow or scream... why not do that in a controlled environment instead of unrightfully releasing it to the outside world.
Gives you more energy: thanks to the physical factors above, the feel good factors and the improvement in health through sports, I have much more energy during the day allowing me to do more and be more happy!
Establish a routine in life: having a routine allows me to compartmentalise my week easily, forcing me to be more efficient in my tasks to achieve them and always feel I'm not wasting away!
Make friends: people you meet at work are rarely you friends, so unless you have a good social group already, sports helps me meet a lot of new friends!
Guilt free gluttony: the more you burn, the more you can eat... that is all!
Do something you love: nothing needed to explain. How can you not feel happy doing something you love?
Exercise allows me to structure my life to take one positive step at a time. Remember: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.
Is there such a thing as too much sports?
Here's the rule that I use for myself. As long as I can perform at around 80-90% of my capacity with no risk of getting hurt, then it is not too much especially for all the benefits I get mentioned above! With my nutrition and general health, this allows me to do my circuit training 3-4 times a week, volleyball once a week!