Three Key Benefits to Recreational Sports

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Kevin Martoken works at New York-based accounting firm, Grassi and Co, where he serves as a fund accountant. In his free time, Kevin Martoken enjoys playing multiple recreational sports, including soccer and touch football. Beyond the physical advantages, recreational activity can bring about a number of other benefits.

1. Mental Well-Being – Playing a team-based sport provides an opportunity to improve your self-esteem and mental well-being. The motivation that comes from being a part of a team, something bigger than yourself, can lead to an improved feeling of self-worth. Similarly, recreational sports can relieve stress and provide you with a healthy reason to get out and socialize.

2. Social Benefit – When you join a recreational sports league, or even just a fun game in the park, you are introducing yourself to a brand new group of potential friends. You will build relationships with your teammates, and may form long-lasting friendships on your common passion for sport.

3. Life Satisfaction – A Canadian study found that people who actively participated in sports ranked their life satisfaction higher than those who did not play. On a scale of one to ten, 89 percent of sports participants rated their life satisfaction between seven and ten. Of those who did not play sports, less than 75 percent rated their satisfaction that high.

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