To mark World Mental Health Day, we thought we’d give you 7 Reasons Why Team Sports Could Improve Your Mental Health.

1. Teams are better than going solo

Research has shown that people who play team sports have better mental health than those who exercise alone.

2. Exercise can fight stress

It’s well known that as you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which reduce your levels of stress hormones. 

3. You can rely on your team mates

It’s good to talk, and having a good group of mates with common goals and interests could be beneficial when you need someone to turn to.

4. Sport can give your confidence a boost

Participating in sport can improve your confidence and self-esteem, and this can have a positive effect on your performance on and off the field.

5. Focus on the fun

Some individual sports can be stressful, but team sports are a collective effort and you can choose to play for fun.

6. You’ll be less likely to quit

Having a potential support network, and a group of mates that want you to succeed, will keep you coming back. 

7. The teammate bond is real

After going to battle with teammates week-in, week-out, lifelong bonds can be formed, meaning you’ve strengthened your future support network.