Socialize Your Way to Better Health

Jun 17, 2024 | Lifestyle

A man and woman giving each other a high-five during a pickleball game

If you care about your health, then you may already know that your social interactions and relationships play a key role in improving your mental and physical health. Our social connections can enhance our health in ways we may not even realize. How can you reap these benefits? Here are some tips and benefits:

Mental Health Benefits

Social support is instrumental in enhancing mental health. Positive social connections can significantly lower the risk of conditions such as depression and anxiety. For instance, this study found that individuals with high perceived social support had a 63% lower risk of depression and better sleep quality compared to those with less social support. Furthermore, social interaction acts as a protective factor against depression, with researchers identifying it as the strongest such factor among more than 100 lifestyle and environmental influences.

Negative social interactions, however, can lead to increased stress, depression, and anxiety. The impact of social strain, such as feeling criticized or let down by others, can negatively impact both mental and physical health. This suggests that the makeup and quality of these relationships are important and something to consider as you evaluate your relationships and connections.

Physical Health Benefits

Social connections also have a direct impact on physical health. Regular social engagement is associated with reduced risks of diseases, including cardiovascular conditions and even dementia. A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine detailed how social isolation and loneliness in older adults pose significant health risks, reinforcing the need for continuous social engagement. Even the act of having social plans or options to look forward to can positively impact your health.

Strategies for Enhancing Social Wellness

To combat the risks associated with social isolation and to harness the benefits of social connections, various strategies can be employed:

Join a group or class: Joining groups or classes that align with personal interests can foster connections and provide emotional and social support. At ClubSport we offer many opportunities for social engagement to our members. We offer group fitness classes, health seminars, social events like wine tasting and live music, spa events, pickleball classes, and more!

Volunteering: Contributing to community service can enhance one’s sense of purpose and belonging, thereby improving overall well-being.

Maintaining and Building Relationships: Regular contact with family, friends, and acquaintances can build a supportive social network crucial for mental and physical health. We suggest trying to visit the club on a regular schedule to help strengthen your connection with other club regulars, providing an outlet for interaction and fun. Additionally, our Friends Membership gives you the freedom to share a membership with someone in or outside your household, such as a friend, colleague, cousin, or your favorite person. This membership allows you to enjoy reduced dues per member when you share the dues, making it an even more appealing option to stay connected and engaged with your social circle.

It is important to foster and maintain healthy social interactions, and that is an area where our numerous social offerings can have a big impact. Our goal in designing our physical and social programming is to provide all members with a place to belong and thrive. Not a ClubSport member yet? Click here to schedule a tour today and learn more.

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