Watching the Olympics Can Actually Boost Your Health, According to Science

Turns out you don't need to be the athlete to reap health benefits from sports, says Larry Olmsted.

Turns out, you don't need to be the athlete to reap health benefits from sports. Just watching competitions, like the Tokyo Olympics, can actually be good for your health, according to science. New York Times best-selling author Larry Olmsted explains why it's worth your while being a sports fan. Check out his book "Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Understanding."

In 1985 when quarterback Joe Theismann had his fibula and tibia shattered by a tackle, it ended his NFL career — a career in which he'd suffered seven broken noses, a broken collarbone, and broken hands and ribs. "People would say that it was a tragedy… but…it was a blessing," he's said. "I'd become somewhat of a self-absorbed individual and didn't really care much about a lot of things except myself. And ever since that day…I've tried to be a better person."

Yes, Chronic Pain Alters Your Personality

All that physical pain can make it difficult to be your best self. That's been confirmed by a study in the European Journal of Pain. Seems people with chronic pain, have very low levels of the personality-influencing neurotransmitter glutamate in their frontal cortex, triggering emotional dysregulation and increasing anxiety.

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