It’s hell getting old, but it beats the heck out of dying young.™There is much evidence showing the health benefits of sports and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. It has direct and positive results in prevention of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular, obesity, depression, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, stress and hypertension. Exercise also causes the brain to secrete endorphins, morphine-like chemicals that help combat pain and stress. It creates a natural high that gives you a healthy sense of well-being. Participation in sports is a healthy social activity, whether you are engaging in individual or team sports. In sports activities, you set up goals, engage the body in both regular and fun activity, improve balance, and build muscle tone and stamina. For emotional and mental health, sports provides a social and interpersonal benefits, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging, as with a team. Exercise is essential for all parts of a healthy lifestyle. It not only improves the body, it has a positive influence on self-perception and physical self-worth, and can help older individuals to maintain a quality of life and independence.