How Playing Sport And Exercising Contribute To A Happy Mood

Some may choose to argue differently, but we’d like to suggest the idea that your enjoyment of this physical world is all about perspective. It is the perspective that you choose to view your experiences that decides how your experiences show up, and whether you enjoy the journey.

Very often human beings can get caught up in the day to day existence of the obligations and requirements that they choose to create for themselves. This can cause us to stop enjoying the journey along the way, but getting active can help to ease the tension and maintain a happy perspective for ourselves. The ripple effects of this practice can change our whole life and the way that we live and love.

It’s Science Baby!

As you are likely already aware, the human body is a delicate balance of chemical reactions and responses to the stimuli that we present to it. If you haven’t heard already, playing a sport or exercising releases the ‘feel good’ hormones into the body, which contribute to making us feel good. The chemical Dopamine that makes us feel good when we are laughing or hugging is released into the blood stream while we are exercising, contributing to feelings of pleasure and happiness. At Salisbury Super Sports we notice that at the end of the game, people leave with a satisfied look on their faces.

Work Out the Stress

When we talk about the chemical responses that occur in the body, we may be aware that stress is one of the most damaging things for the body and mind. When we are stressed our body goes into flight or fight mode releasing chemicals such as adrenaline into the blood stream, the same as if we are fearful about something. This causes the body to work harder to clear away the surplus of these chemicals and makes the liver and kidneys work a lot harder. Exercising is another way that the body can work out these stressful emotions, preventing disease from setting into the physical body, so we get more out of life.

Sleep Easier

If you are having trouble sleeping, doing regular exercise or playing a sport is a painless way of overcoming the issue without needing to resort to pharmaceutical assistance. When you think in terms of how our bodies are made, let us think back to the way that we used to live. Traditionally, human bodies are designed for hunting and gathering, but most of us spend a lot of time in small work spaces or sitting at desks, so our bodies create a lot of physical energy that goes unused. If this energy is not expended in a constructive way it can stagnate and cause problems for the functions of the body.

Why It’s Best To Stay Active – Even In Winter

When the weather starts to cool down, we often don’t feel like doing much except sit under a blanket and contemplate how lovely it is to feel warm. This can lead to comfort eating as we overindulge on the delicious winter foods that come in with the season, and before we know it our exercise routine has disappeared. Staying active all year round is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and during winter is no better time to get our bodies moving.

Keep Your System Warm

You know how there are some days, during winter, when you feel like the cold has got all the way into your bones? The only thing that seems to thaw you out is sitting in front of the heater, or fireplace until the warm glow permeates your whole being. But have you ever noticed how if you go for a walk, or do some sort of activity and movement during winter, you don’t feel so cold for the rest of the day? This is because your blood is pumping faster, you don’t feel as cold as you would if you hadn’t moved your body.

Burn More Calories

Yes, it is true, if you exercise when it’s cold, you burn more calories! This is because when you are exercising during winter your body works harder to keep itself warm, and so uses up those stores of what might have become your winter coat. Salisbury Super Sports recommends daily exercise even when it’s cold, but cautions you to wear extra lighter layers, so you can take some things off as you warm up.

Keep Off the Proverbial ‘Winter Coat’

Rather than letting all of your activities go to the dogs during winter and then fighting to lose the ‘winter coat’ when summer comes around, why not focus on maintaining your activities. You don’t have to be doing all the activities that you would usually do when it’s warm, but keeping your body moving during winter can keep the winter coat at bay.

Ward off the Winter Blues

When the weather turns grey, and the sunshine doesn’t seem to poke its head out very often, the dreary winter blues can sometimes appear and cause you to feel miserable. But getting your body moving and active is a sure-fire way to keep those winter blues at bay, so you can enjoy a buoyant mood throughout the colder months of the year.

Benefits of Playing in a Team

Many of us are aware of how challenging it can sometimes be to get motivated to exercise when we are exercising on our own. We can easily talk ourselves out of doing that morning run, or getting out of bed and doing our routine practices that we know are good for us, if we have nobody to answer to. However, joining a team has proven for many to be a very effective way of maintaining our ability to exercise regularly and gain the benefits that this brings to our life.

Team Skills

No matter where you are in the world, there will be other humans whom you need to negotiate communications with, organise meetings with and work through various different human activities. Sometimes these activities may require a level of communication and team work that does not come easily to us, especially if we are used to working on our own. Joining a team will not only assist with being motivated to exercise but will also put us in a position where we learn valuable skills that we can take into other areas of our lives.

Expand Network

For people who are new to an area, or are looking to expand their network of people in their lives, joining a team is an excellent way of meeting like-minded people. Through the regular activity of playing a team sport together, we form friendships that often extend off the court, or field, and into our lives. Many of the team players that play with Salisbury Super Sports form friendships with people that become a valuable part of their everyday lives, with mutual care and respect for each other.

Shared Knowledge

Like anything we do in life, we do not always have all the answers, and often finding them in a book is not the same as discussing, learning and growing with another human being. When it comes to sport, many of the tools we gain, are the gifts of experience. One person may have learnt a skill that they are able to share with their fellow team players to assist the whole team in improving their game, and becoming a more rounded player.

Motivation to Exercise

We all know the importance of getting regular exercise, but for some of us it is too easy to get caught up in our busy lives and we forget to get out there, and to get our blood circulating regularly. One of the most valuable parts of playing a team sport comes from the motivation to get regular exercise, as you meet for your regular games together. At Salisbury Super Sport our players are excited to come to play with their team, which makes exercise a fun experience for everyone, and keeps us in the best health possible, all year around.

Why Do We Stretch and Warm Up Before Exercise?

When you wake up in the morning you allow your body time to warm up by having a coffee or breakfast before you step out and get into your day. You recognise the importance of allowing your brain time to wake from its slumber, to have something to eat, and prepare mentally for the day ahead.

In the same way, when you get into your car, you let the engine run for a little while before you drive off, otherwise, you put a strain on the engine. The human body works the same way when it comes to exercise – we prepare it for the task ahead, by giving it a taste of what is to come through some warm up exercises and stretching.

Warm the Body

For most people, before they exercise their body is usually not at the same temperature that it will get to when they start exercising, so a warm up is a way of assisting the body in preparing for this. By doing some light jogging on the spot, it allows the body to start getting into the mode of moving, and is an important part of preventing injury. Some of the sports people that play at Salisbury Super Sports come straight from work to their game, which means they have been sitting on a bus, or in a car, after sitting at a desk all day, so a warm up is a must!

Get the Blood Circulating

By doing some warm up and stretching before you start exercising, you get the blood to begin circulating through the body, and gently elevate the heart rate, before jumping into the full-on fast paced exercising. By allowing the heart rate to increase gradually it helps for the blood to start circulating through all the muscles, joints and ligaments and to start working in unison, at a pace that they can handle, which prevents them from tearing.

Prepare Mentally

If the exercise that you are preparing for is strenuous or requires endurance such as hiking in steep terrain, doing an advanced class, or is a fast paced game, then mental preparation is as important as warming up the body. There is an old saying that is along the lines of “if you think you are beaten you are”, which rings very true when it comes to sport. Preparing mentally allows you to be able to go the distance and keep going on, even when you feel like you can’t, and to push your body past that point where it wants you to give up.

Exercise: Why You Need Adequate Hydration

Playing a sport at Salisbury Super Sports, or doing any kind of exercise is a great way to become fit and have fun, but it is important to ensure that you are looking after yourself in the process. This includes wearing appropriate footwear, resting when you need to, and most importantly ensuring adequate hydration for your body. If you are not getting enough fluids into your body during exercise it can lead to dehydration, which can cause lasting damage, and in extreme cases – death.

Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when there is more water moving out of the cells than the amount that is going into them through drinking fluids such as water and sports drinks. Throughout our normal day to day activities we lose water from our bodies in the form of water vapour that we exhale, sweating and going to the toilet. During the secretion of water from the body, small amounts of salts are lost too, which can be damaging to the body over time, if they are not replaced.

Increased Heart Rate

One of the effects of dehydration is a loss of body weight, which can affect many bodily functions including compromising cardiovascular and muscle function, impairing the body’s ability to regulate temperature, and can also lead to a decrease in its overall power. For every 1% of body weight that is lost, the heart rate rises 4-5 beats per minute, which means the body loses power as the heart struggles to compensate. As the body loses fluid it reduces the overall body weight, which puts a strain on the heart and can lead to other illnesses in the body.

Optimal Hydration Guidelines

At Salisbury Super Sports we encourage our players to stay hydrated throughout their time here, as well as before they arrive, and when they leave after the game. Before you exercise it is helpful to drink at least 500ml of water or an electrolyte sports drink, and during the course of your exercise you need to be drinking at least 200ml every 15 minutes to maintain optimum hydration. Following the game you are advised to ensure that you are getting adequate hydration including a drink that replenishes sodium in the body, such as an electrolyte drink.

 

 

Way That Sport Can Relieve Stress

When we are feeling anxious, or overwhelmed about situations in life continuously for any length of time, we can become stressed emotionally. This is often accompanied by physiological symptoms such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure, as well as a build-up of tension in the body. If we do not find relief from these stressful feelings it can cause damage to the systems of the body over time.

Improves Circulation

Playing sport gets the blood pumping through the body, which relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation, allowing the body to work at its optimal efficiency. Salisbury Super Sports is a place where people come to get their blood flowing through their body, which like a car, is a state-of-the-art machine, which enjoys the opportunity every now and then to really get the engines going.

Let Off Steam

Exercise is a great way of releasing energy and emptying yourself of built-up tension. Often, when we have a stressful experience it can remain in the body as stored tension, or energy. The energy of this negative experience stays with us, and hangs around us like an energetic cloud, preventing us from feeling better. Anything that gets that energy moving around and out of our bodies is a good thing for releasing stress.

Relaxes the Mind

Often tension is accompanied by thoughts of experiences that are upsetting to us, and if we continue thinking these thoughts we can get into a negative spiral, which can make us feel more and more stressed. Sport relaxes the mind by distracting us from the thoughts that do not make us feel good, and it can break that cycle.

Assists Sleep

When we feel under a lot of stress over a period of time, it is often accompanied with problems sleeping. We may find that we are having trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep for as long as our body needs, and we may feel tired and sleep deprived during our day. This can make us feel more and more stressed over time, but using up the energy that is stagnating in the body field will allow us to crash out naturally, and have a restful sleep.

After playing your regular game at Salisbury Super Sports, you will sleep like a baby and wake up feeling refreshed – ready to tackle the world.

 

 

Sport : The Great Stress Relief

Physiological Benefits

Endorphins are your friend; they are your reward for getting some exercise, and they make you feel good. When you work up a sweat your body releases the ‘feel good’ hormones – endorphins. The rush of good feeling hormones is often called ‘runners high’ but can be achieved through playing any sport, as long as the blood is moving and you are working up a sweat.

Distract from Your Troubles

Leo Buscaglia was quoted as saying: “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy”. One of the major causes of stress is from ruminating over our troubles, and spending a lot of our waking hours thinking about the things we are worried about. When you are on the court, or preparing for a game the last thing on your mind is worrying, so sport makes a great distraction and gives us somewhere positive to put that powerful thought energy.

Relieves Tension

We know from Chinese medicine that during our regular day as we sit at a desk, move heavy objects, or spend time repeating the same movements over and over, our bodies build up stress and tension in particular areas. These areas hold blocked energy, which if left in place, can lead to disease in the body, which may show up as aches and pains, or illness, over time. Many people visit acupuncturists and have massages to assist the body in releasing this trapped energy, but there are many different ways of doing so.

Exercise is an important way that assists with the release of tension in the muscles, joints and other areas of the body, and is somewhat of an easy tune-up for the body to be conditioned to work at its best. At Salisbury Super Sports we have seen new team players arrive tensely for their first few games, but over time the results speak for themselves and they become different people as the built up tension gradually leaves their bodies and their lives.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

During our day-to-day living, as we go about our business of ‘doing’, unless we are aware of our body, we may become tuned out to what is actually happening in it, as well as how it is feeling. Often this can lead to us not being aware of what it needs at any particular time and we may miss its subtle cues when it wants us to rest, get more sleep, or eat particular foods. If this happens, we may not notice when there is something wrong, until it is too late. Playing a sport helps you to be more in tune with listening to what your body needs at any given time, and will encourage you to make healthy lifestyle choices that mean a better quality of living, and a happier life.

Indoor Sports: How It Can Boost Your Social Life

If you want to expand your friend network and bring some new people into your life, taking up an indoor sport can reap a lot of rewards. Often people complain that they don’t meet any new people, but if you don’t get out into the world, how are the new people going to meet you?

Meet New Friends

Getting involved in playing an indoor sport at Salisbury Super Sports gives you the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends whom you might have never met before. Often when people join in on indoor sports the regular contact with new people can help with building friendships that can last a lifetime.

Reconnect

Playing a sport can help you reconnect with old friends and create a space where you can see each other regularly. At Salisbury Super Sports we often have people bringing their old friends along to join in on the fun, and take up friendships where they left off. During the course of playing a game you have the opportunity to share in the fun and excitement that comes with playing an indoor sport together.

Learn Valuable Social Skills

The art of maintaining a social life requires all parties to grow and learn. The opportunity to do this in the setting of playing an indoor sport provides valuable skills such as problem solving, tolerance of different personalities, compassion for the needs of others and team building. These skills can be translated into your life in other ways and enrich your experience of interacting with other humans.

Get Into Shape

If you have been feeling like you are out of shape then you might have inadvertently pulled away from social engagements due to not feeling that great about yourself. Regularly playing an indoor sport is great for fitness, and can get you back to feeling healthy and happier, which encourages you to get out into the world and meet new people.

Rain, Hail or Shine

The advantage of playing an indoor sport is that you can rely on always being able to play, regardless of whether it is raining outside. The regularity of having a routine of getting to your game and taking part in the fun gives you somewhere to be and allows you to connect with the new people in your life every week. If there is nothing else on your calendar you can be sure that you will be able to play with your new friends and maintain that social interaction that is such a crucial part of enjoying life.

 

Team Sport: Why It’s Great For Children (And Parents)

As parents, it is our role to teach our young ones about life, and prepare them with the tools that they will need to go through life as healthy, happy adults. It’s a learning process for everyone, as we all learn how to work together towards a common goal, and so it is with team sports. Working as a team gives children the opportunity to learn about themselves through the eyes of the world outside of the family, and gain valuable skills in how to interact and problem solve with other people.

Physical Fitness

The benefits of physical activity have been well documented, and with the digital world encroaching even further into our lives, many children are lacking the inclination or opportunity to get active. Playing a team sport provides an incentive for children to spend time with their friends while engaging in a physical activity, which is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for growing bodies.

Mental Health

For some youngsters, the growing pains of life can cause damage to their self-confidence, and for some this can lead to over-eating as a means of numbing their feelings. Sadly, studies have revealed that 25% of children between the ages of 5 to 17 are overweight or obese, which causes them to suffer with the self-esteem issues associated with their physical condition. At Salisbury Super Sports getting young people involved in team sport not only gives them an opportunity to get active, but their emotional health improves remarkably as they learn new skills, and start to feel a part of a team.

Social Skills

The benefits of engaging in a team activity are many, and the opportunity to navigate through close interactions with their peers can provide social skills that are far reaching. Negotiating with the members of their team, delegating, sharing and accepting when things do not go their way are just some of the skills that children take away from a team sport.

Resilience and Commitment

The ability to dust oneself off, and get back on the proverbial horse after being knocked down is a really important experience for children to encounter – providing them with the tools that they can use later in life, when the stakes are higher. Teaching children how to be resilient in the face of their worries will help them to be the sort of adults who bounce back from their troubles in life. When children sign up for the season to play a team sport at Salisbury Super Sports they learn the value of commitment. They soon learn that as a member of a team, they are a valuable cog in the wheel, and are needed at every game and every practice.

 

Mental Health – How Playing Sport Keeps You Feeling Good

If there is one thing that can lift your mood no matter what, its physical activity. Part of it is to do with the simple act of getting out of the house and changing your scene, but science demonstrates that sport releases chemicals into your body that naturally make you feel good. You don’t even have to be doing something extra strenuous; even doing yoga or tai chi can get you there, as long as it gets the oxygen moving through your body, and takes your mind off your worries. At Salisbury Super Sports we’ve got something for everyone, so if you don’t know what exercise you want to do, come on in and have a chat to us and check out what we have available.

Mood Lifting

Exercise stimulates the neurotransmitters in the brain to produce endorphins (chemicals that act like opiates), which make you feel good, and can even provide a sense of euphoria. For people who are suffering from depression, even 20 minutes worth of exercise a day can have a positive effect, and it is often recommended to include exercise as a part of the treatment program.

Empowering

One of the factors in many mental health issues is a feeling of powerlessness, and a lack of belief in the self. Many doctors will be only too happy to prescribe pharmaceuticals to ‘fix’ the problem, but often this does not get to the ‘root’ of the problem. This puts the point of power in the pill, which does not empower the person. However, using the pill in conjunction with lifestyle choices can have a positive effect on the treatment program. For people who choose to make changes to their lifestyle such as taking up a sport, the benefits are far reaching, and long lasting.

Relieves Stress

As far as stress relief goes, exercise is one of the most important factors in relieving the stress and anxiety that we take on during our day to day life, because it releases the tensions that we store in the body. One of the factors that cause a mental health crisis, is a build-up of tension over a period of time, but exercise helps to relieve the tension along the way. As the old adage says; “a healthy body makes a healthy mind”.

Make Friends

At Salisbury Super Sports we’ve heard countless stories from people about how great their game went, and how being a part of the team has relieved their social anxiety. A contributing factor to mental health issues is the feeling of isolation and separation from the rest of humanity. The opportunity to meet like-minded people, and the regular activity of playing sport together, can help you to feel less isolated, and bring a sense of belonging back into your life.