An entrepreneur with a BS in retail management from Miami University, Becky Catino’s most recent venture is GigSmart, a mobile application that assists employers, jobseekers, and volunteers. Aside from her business activities, Becky Catino is an avid fan of the New England Patriots. Being a sports fan provides numerous health benefits.
Watching sporting activities as a fan is a source of inspiration that encourages physical activity and an increased level of fitness that may lead to improvements in overall health. Fans that relate to a particular athlete or sport are most likely to find that watching sports provides encouragement to exercise. In terms of a cognitive workout, research has demonstrated that viewing sports enhances communication and organizational skills by increasing activity in areas of the brain associated with performing, controlling, and planning.
Sporting events often bring fans together and promote a feeling of connectedness with others who share the same passion. Sharing common interests within a strong social network, especially with healthy friends, can provide health benefits such as increasing lifespan by more than 50 percent, improving the odds of beating cancer, and boosting immunity against colds.