Many people play sports because they are fun. Others play games because they are good at it. And yet other people play games because it's how they earn a living. However, all these are not the only or the best reason to engage in a sport. The best reason why anyone should participate in games is that doing so has plenty of health benefits. These are:
Burn fat and lose weight
When you play a game, your body is forced to avail of lots of energy to support all the physical activities demanded by the game. As a result, the body uses up all the available calories and starts to burn fat reserves. Over the term, this can lead to significant weight loss. Health-wise, losing weight (if you're overweight) can help prevent issues such as cholesterol and diabetes type 2.
Improve flexibility and functioning of joints
Sports require that one move around often. That could be running, jumping, swatting a ball, etc. That has the effect of improving the functioning of the joints and consequently improving one's flexibility as well. Not only that, playing sports helps to improve one's coordination as well.
Improving heart function
When one plays a sport, the body is forced to increase blood circulation around the body. That is because oxygen and energy need to be delivered all around the body faster. As a result of this, sporting sort of exercises the heart, making it stronger and more efficient. That helps to improve blood pressure and other medical concerns such as stroke.
Playing sports also helps to improve one's lungs. Just as with the heart, sports force one to breath faster and more heavily. That acts as an exercise to the lung muscles. And just like any other exercise, it makes the lung muscles stronger and more efficient. People who play sports are, therefore, able to generally breather easier and better.
Millions of people worldwide suffer from depression annually. Playing a sport can help to avoid or reduce the severity of depression. That's because playing a game tends to improve one's mood. That helps to counter depression, albeit in the medium term.
And there you have it. Want to be healthier? Start playing sports.