There's lots of research that supports the mental effects of sports. The health benefits of sports might seem obvious, but they shouldn’t be underestimated. Evidence shows that regular sport can lead to lower rates of mortality and positively influences several of our body’s systems – including the cardiovascular system, our metabolic pathways, the immune system, and so on. These sorts of benefits are just one reason why we believe sport is so important to our method.
As well as improving health, sports can make you smarter as it has a significant cognitive influence. For example, it can improve memory and motivation, among other things. Research done by Stanford University has shown that walking improves the creative output of participants by 60 percent compared to participants who did not walk. This is because exercise uses certain parts of the brain which are also needed for us to be able to think in strategic ways.
In a similar study by John Ratey, the effects of sports on a group of difficult students were measured. It showed that when the troubled group of boys did sports in the mornings, their absences from school decreased. John Ratey concluded that: “The evidence seems clear that moving, exercising, playing for about 20-30 minutes on a daily basis, is the best way to make us smarter.
Any type of exercise will do – Yoga, tai chi, fast walking, jogging, biking, swimming, and strength training all will improve our attention, memory, thinking, and deepen our understanding and competence in whatever world in which we are involved.”
“The intensity and duration will depend on your level of fitness, but the best strategy is to get a daily dose of moderate exercise that is varied if possible. It is best to do it outside, with a friend or group, and having it be fun so you will return to it and make a commitment to it.”
But there's more...
At Mind5® sports is a crucial part of the Mind5® M.E.T.H.O.D.©. There are three main reasons why we use sports or physical activity.