Feeling stressed in school, or having trouble focusing in class is inevitable. Thankfully, studies have shown that by simply playing sports we can reduce stress levels and improve our academic performance. Physical activity can boost observational skills, improve focus, and even develop our abilities to improvise. 

According to the Institute of Medicine in California, students who were not physically active did not score as well academically compared to the students who were fit. This is because sports help you to develop an understanding of what work is important, which helps you focus on academics and helps banish procrastination.

“It’s important to play sports because it’s a healthier lifestyle and it’s important for all of us to get rid of stress as well as enjoy what we’re doing,” says Head of the P.E. Department at ASIB, Arif Akhundov. 

By playing sports, you’re able to decrease stress levels; any physical activity or exercise produces chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, and this improves the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.

Team sports also teach athletes how to respond well to setbacks and crucial moments, such as being down a goal or losing a game. They teach you how to cope with failure, and embrace it as a learning experience for the future. By having this type of mindset, you are able to identify what went wrong and improve your chances of success the next time.

Having this type of mind set has helped many athletes succeed, like Michael Jordan. “I’ve failed over and over again in my life,” he’s stated in several interviews. “And that is why I succeed.”

Exercise is also a great way to enhance your social life, and gives you a sense of community with people that have the same interests as you. If you are a part of a team, it is nice to have the feeling of being a part of a family.

“By maintaining our physical well-being we are automatically helping ourselves with our mental well-being as well,” Arif says.

If you’re depressed, research shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety. By exercising, your brain releases feel-good endorphins that enhance your sense of well-being. It helps to take your mind off worries or any negative thoughts.

As well-known doctor Joe Kosterich once said, “The mind and body are not separate. What affects one, affects the other.”

The physical strength and well being of your body can have both positive and negative affects to the brain including stress, motivation, depression, focus, mood and many more. Being physically strong and active is important because it can benefit our lives in many different ways.