By Kristina, Retail Manager Yurek Pharmacy & Home Healthcare London.

Few can argue that our global ‘online’ obsession has its drawbacks, the most obvious being our physical isolation from one another. Joining a sports team can offer benefits far beyond separation from a digital screen.

Physical Health

As part of a sports team, you commit to participating in regular exercise that will keep muscles working and blood flowing—a basic formula to avoid chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. The WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, a goal made much easier by committing to a team. You will improve endurance, coordination, and timing, and with the support of your team, you can more easily achieve personal health goals.

Mental Health

Being part of a team gives you a sense of belonging and promotes self-esteem, character, and confidence. Exercise activates dopamine and endorphins that help you feel good and reduce depression and anxiety. Improving your outlook can also make you more willing to take on new or challenging projects.

Community Perspective

As a team member, you can see first-hand how others perceive the world. Experiencing different perspectives from those with diverse backgrounds, customs, or beliefs gives you a broader outlook and sense of unity. But be careful! The community spirit that follows is contagious, and sharing it will add yet another layer of ‘feel better’!

Beyond these benefits (and there are many more), being on a sports team is fun. And that fact alone should be enough to log off and live life!