Benefits of social sport (it's not all about the sweat!)

Friday 13 May 2016
  • Get social with dodgeball with friends

Tune into the news any day of the week, and you’re likely to hear one of two things: Kim Kardashian has yet again bared more skin than our eyes can handle, or a rehash of how the latest research dubs exercise more vital than stuffing your body with superfoods.

It’s no secret that Australians are having more and more trouble fitting into their skinny jeans. We’re now the fourth largest country in the world where our waistbands are concerned, and a shocking two in three Aussies are considered medically overweight. Every medical and nutritional expert under the sun preaches 30-minutes of physical activity a day, but finding time in an already busy day is the challenge. Pumping bicep curls in the power rack and running laps at the track might float some people’s fitness boats, but what about those of us who consider TV show marathons a sport?

We reckon there’s nothing better than a dose of social sport, and that it’s just the ticket to get your buns moving! Recreational sport is a great way to shake off extra baggage, but it’s definitely not the only advantage. Here are our top benefits of going social.

Your social pass

Social sport is your guilt-free pass to shelve that strenuous research essay in favour of socialising with friends. Bond with teammates and build new friendships with sports faux-natics who also thought the Super Bowl was a burrito bowl with an edible base.

Give stress the boot

In 2013, a group of smart guys in white coats found that throwing a ball around with mates eases anxiety and stress. There’s this thing called the ‘exercise effect’, where physical activity stimulates the body’s production of endorphins – natural feel-good chemicals. Social engagement is another frontrunner for stress relief, as lacing up your shoes with friends increases your sense of belonging and security, while warding off loneliness.  

Here if you need!

We know netball is the most supportive sport of the lot, but playing in a team environment really can fuel your self-esteem. Feel more confident in your physical abilities and take pride in your achievements, surrounded by a team whose sole concern isn’t about winning.

A sport for the un-sporty

We aren’t all blessed with athletic genes. The sporting elite might tell you that hard work and the right mindset will outweigh any genetic pitfalls, but we disagree. Put memories of being picked last in school sport behind you and sign up for a team that is small on athleticism and big on fun times. Playing socially is about laughing at your mistakes, encouraging teammates and escaping the weekly routine. How much skill is required in a game of dodgeball, anyway?

Social sport really is the most powerful weapon in your anti-fitness arsenal – but don’t just take our word for it. Enjoy these benefits for yourself and get social with our range of sports on offer at Gatton and St Lucia.

Ashley Hanger

Ashley is UQ Sport’s Content Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Partial to food of the deep fried variety, Ashley is a self-confessed social media addict with a knack for words. You’ll often find her with a cup of tea in hand, still in shock she made it through a HIIT class alive.