Re: Do different sports enhance mood differently?
as in the other thread, i find playing football will illicit a much better hormonal response regarding my mood than lifting in a gym or running does.
i usually play as a keeper and playing with my team (Graftwerk) on a wednesday can turn around the poorest of moods. i think aswell it's because it's the one thing, in a sporting sense, that i know i'm good at. I'm never going to bench like jay cutler but i am a fairly decent goalkeeper and it's the one sporting place i know i can get instant gratification and feedback to a good performance, whereas you may not get that in a gym or from a watch if you've run a good time.
perhaps that's the reason why i find it therapeutic - the need for external verification? i've never written any of this down but now that i am, it's making sense. i used to get the same sense of enjoyment from playing basketball when i was in school, playing at a higher level (played for Manchester Giant's youth team, Junior Giants before they folded) before my fitness went to **** (ankle dislocation followed by 2 quick subluxations of the shoulders, which effectively meant basketball was done for me.