friday five: 5 health benefits of attending a live sporting event

Five Health Benefits of Attending a Live Sporting Event

Attending live sporting events can:

1. Help to reduce stress and adversity1
Sporting event attendance has been shown to provide people with various forms of psychological and social resources. A qualitative study of fans, published by Global Health Research and Policy, in 2018, of an English football team found that attending the team’s games served as a temporary escape from daily life and helped fans reduce the negative effects of stress. In a survey with supporters of English football teams, respondents described their team’s home stadium as a place that feels like home and that allows them to interact positively with other supporters. Moreover, a study of spectators of Japanese professional football games found that the spectators’ psychological connection with hometown teams was positively associated with their perceptions of social support as well as social cohesion in their communities.The collective evidence from the aforementioned studies suggests that attending live sporting events may produce psychosocial resources. The creation of these resources through sporting event attendance, in turn, could help reduce the negative health consequences of stress and adversity.

2. Provide a workout in itself2
The average 150-pound woman burns more than 100 calories per hour attending a live sporting event. And that’s just while sitting! Walking from your car to the stadium, then up eight or more flights of stairs to your seat, is another way to easily torch a few more calories, not to mention leaping from your seat when the action gets intense

3. Improve your romantic relationship3
Research shows sharing a common interest, like Arenacross racing, may boost your marital bliss. “The stereotype is that there are many disagreements in relationships over the time spent watching sports, but our evidence says otherwise,” says Lawrence A. Wenner, PhD, a Loyola Marymount University media ethics professor who has studied sports and relationships. “Oftentimes, women view watching sports with their boyfriend or husband as quality time.” It doesn’t matter if he’s the sports fanatic or if she is; as long as they share the interest, they’ve got the edge over couples who are less accommodating and supportive (which can lead to stress and discontent). A supportive, happy marriage is good for your heart health and can help you live longer: happily wedded people who undergo coronary bypass surgery are more than three times as likely to be alive 15 years later as their unmarried counterparts, reports a study published in Health Psychology, an online publication of the American Psychological Association.

4. Lessen your risk of diabetes and heart disease5
Even two hours of TV a day can increase the risk of weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease in adults. (Computer use doesn’t seem to have as strong a link.) There are probably several factors to blame, including less active time, less sleep, and seeing more ads for unhealthy foods. Getting up and going to a live sporting event reduces your screen time, and increases your active time.

5. Make You Smarter.4
For better, not worse, watching sports might improve your communication and help you stay organized. According to a 2008 study from the University of Chicago, scientists discovered that watching a sporting event is a workout for your brain. In the study, a dozen pro- and college-level hockey players, eight hockey fans, and nine people who had never seen or played the sport were asked to listen to a broadcast of a hockey game while a machine recorded their brain function. Afterward, they were each given a test to analyze their comprehension. Results show that athletes and sports fans not only understood the game much better than their counterparts but also experienced brain activity in motor areas associated with planning, controlling, and performing. This suggests that spectator sports can help you absorb and digest information as well as get you geared up to take action.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets to a Kicker Arenacross event now! It’s good for your health!

1Association between sporting event attendance and self-rated health
2 – Being Sports Fan Good For Your Health
3 Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Marital Status Transitions and Life Satisfaction in Later Life
4 Playing, And Even Watching, Sports Improves Brain Function
5 The Unexpected Effects of All That Screen Time

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