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Ten sports activities for ten psychological disorders

Regulating your body to learn to control your mind is possible thanks to physical activity and perseverance. The study “Sports and mental health” lists which ten sports practices are most recommended according to the ten most frequent psychological disorders in the Spanish population

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Greater self-esteem, better humor or more confidence in oneself are some of the innumerable benefits that the habitual practice of sport has on mental health. Balance between mind and body is even more essential when suffering from a psychological disorder .

Under this premise, Gympass, a corporate wellness program, and Ifeel , an online psychologist application, present the study Sports and Mental Health . A report that collects the sports activities that best alleviate the most common psychological disorders in Spanish society.

“From the point of view of psychology we belong to the field of mental health and any aspect that can enhance it is of interest to us”, explains Rafael San Román to EFEsalud, a psychologist from the Ifeel platform, about how the idea of This studio.

The report is based on the knowledge of the experts from both entities and on the stimuli perceived by the patients who come to their service. San Román emphasizes that it is important to know yourself, your goals and limits, since not all sports activities are suitable for everyone.

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Women exercising in a park to lead a healthy lifestyle. Moderate physical activity contributes to the health of the body and mind / EFE / Alejandro Ernesto

“The question is to find what type of exercise works well for each one depending on the objective pursued,” says the expert.

The key for the psychologist when proposing physical activity as a complement to therapeutic work is not to be guided by stereotypical recipes that may be applicable to anyone .

The characteristics of the individual, the objective pursued and its context are elements to take into account when recommending a physical activity. “You have to dialogue with each individual to know within their characteristics and their tastes what is realistic for them to do,” says the Ifeel expert.

Consistency is another fundamental point. “Learning to regulate your body with sport is not a matter of five days or five minutes,” stresses San Román. The key between mental health and sport lies in perseverance and in the correct choice of activity according to the disorder suffered.

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A sport for every problem

  1. Anxiety-Yoga:  This physical and mental discipline that helps control breathing, manage emotions and achieve awareness of the body.
  2. Depression-Boxing : Whether in the ring or against a bag, large amounts of endorphin are released, a natural mood booster. In addition, it enhances confidence and self-esteem.
  3. Panic Attacks – Pilates:  This activity helps those who are prone to panic attacks to master their body and control impulses. Provides the ability to concentrate, useful in the event of a possible panic attack.
  4. Insomnia-Running:  for this type of pathologies it is very beneficial to practice sports such as running. Improves blood circulation and heart rate allowing the body to relax and facilitate rest.
  5. Lack of social skills-Team sports:  the difficulties of interaction with others are related to the lack of communication skills and self-esteem problems. Sports like soccer, basketball, or volleyball are great for improving social relationships. Simple and clear messages are key in this type of practice.
  6. Difficulties with loneliness-Swimming:  swimming is a sport that is practiced individually, so it can be convenient for those who do not tolerate being alone well. It isolates from the outside and helps to focus attention on oneself in a space where we are alone.
  7. Couple problems-Ballroom dancing  any sport as a couple can be effective, but ballroom dancing is the best allies. They encourage physical contact, the coordination of both, they can be fun and keep the couple entertained in a shared action and not arguing.
  8. Low self-esteem-Indoor cycling:  sport in general is very beneficial for self-esteem problems. It favors the production of neurotransmitters related to pleasure, relaxes and helps to have a more toned body. All of this improves the way we see ourselves. Indoor cycling helps you burn fat and tone while you enjoy some time in company and music.
  9. Duel-Karate:  For those who have lost a loved one it is beneficial to practice sports such as karate. It helps to unload emotions and favors anchoring in the here and now.
  10. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -Taichi:  Taichi requires rigorous training, high concentration, coordination and control over the body. Developing these capacities is very beneficial when dealing with ADHD.

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