Adena Health Focus October 04, 2019

Can Being a Sports Fan Be Healthy?

Here’s a reason to cheer! Did you know being a sports fan can be a slam dunk for your health? According to Adena Sports Medicine Orthopedic Specialist Jason Foster, MD whether you win or lose when you root for your home team your health can come out on top.

“Even if you are not an athlete, there are many reasons you can remain active and healthy, both physically and mentally, from the sidelines,” says Dr. Foster.

For example, sports fans can experience:

  • Escape - You get a temporary distraction from problems in your everyday life. Forget about your everyday stressors and focus on the fun of game.
  • Stress relief - Watching a game gives you a rush that can actually help you relax.
  • Friendship - Watching sports and having similar hobbies with those around you can make you feel more connected.
  • Happiness - Even if you’re reeling from your team’s loss, being a fan can bring you pleasure, which may buffer against depression.

“Your favorite players are at the top of their game and there’s no reason you can’t be too,” Dr. Foster explains.

Here are some ways being a sports fan can inspire healthier habits in your life:

  • Join a sports league or toss a ball with your kids. Increasing your physical activity can help you lose weight, prevent disease and keep your mind sharp.
  • Do exercises, stretch or ride a stationary bike while watching your team play on TV.
  • Listen to games while walking, running, cycling, mowing the lawn or doing yard work.
  • At your next tailgate party, try offering healthier food options.

Whether you are an athlete or not, Adena Sports Medicine is your first line of treatment when it comes to dealing with orthopedic injuries of the bones, ligaments and tendons. From sprains and strains to fractures and arthritis, Adena Bone & Joint offers a multidisciplinary team of experts to help you feel better. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Adena Sports Medicine, call 740-779-4598 or visit www.adena.org/sportsmedicine.