Ten sports activities for ten psychological disorders


Regulating your body to learn how to control your mind is possible thanks to physical activity and constancy. The "Sport and Mental Health" study relates which ten sports practices are most recommended according to the ten most common psychological disorders of the world's population


Higher self-esteem, better mood or more self-confidence are some of the countless benefits that regular sports practice has over mental health. The balance between mind and body is essential even more when you have a psychological disorder.

Under this premise Gympass, a corporate wellness program, and Ifeel, application of online psychologists, present the study Sport and Mental Health. A report that captures the sporting activities that best beat the most common psychological disorders in world 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 our interest," Rafael San Román explains to EFEsalud, a psychologist on the Ifeel platform, about how the idea of this study arises.

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

"The question is to find out what kind of exercise each is doing well depending on the objective they are pursuing," says the expert.

The key for the psychologist in 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 they pursu and their context are elements to consider when recommending physical activity. "You have to dialogue with each individual to know within their characteristics and their tastes what is realistic that they do," says Ifeel's expert.

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

A sport for every problem

Anxiety-Yoga: This discipline both physically and mentally that helps control breathing, manage emotions and gain awareness about the body.

Depression-Boxing: Either in the ring or against a sack are released large amounts of endorphin, a natural reinforcement of mood. It also boosts confidence and self-esteem.

Panic Attacks- Pilates: This activity helps those who are prone to panic attacks to dominate their body and control impulses. Provides ability to concentrate, useful in the face of a possible panic attack.

Insomnia-Running: for this type of pathologies it is very beneficial to practice sports such as running. It improves blood circulation and heart rate that allows the body to relax and facilitates rest.

Lack of social skills-Team sports: Difficulties in interacting with others are related to lack of communication skills and self-esteem issues. Sports such as football, basketball or volleyball are ideal for improving social relations. Simple and clear messages are key to this type of practice.

Difficulties with loneliness-swimming: swimming is a sport that is practiced individually, so it may be convenient for those who do not tolerate well to be alone. Isolate from the outside and help focus attention on yourself in a space where we are alone.

Couples Problems-Ballroom Dances: Any couples sport can be effective, but ballroom dancing is the best allies. They encourage physical contact, coordination of both, can be fun and keeps the couple entertained in a shared action and not arguing.

Low self-esteem-Indoor cycle: sport in general is very beneficial for self-esteem issues. It promotes the production of pleasure-related neurotransmitters, relaxes and helps to have a more toned body. All of this improves the way we see each other. Indoor cycle helps burn fat and tone while enjoying some time in company and music.

Duel-Karate: for those who have lost a loved one it is beneficial to practice sports such as karate. It helps to download emotions and favors anchoring in the here and now.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-Taichi: Taichi requires rigorous training, high concentration, coordination and control over the body. Developing these capabilities is very beneficial for addressing ADHD.