Yet I am considered one of the lucky ones. Not long ago, in central London, I bumped into a male acquaintance and we started talking soccer. But when England is, inevitably, knocked out—by the quarter-finals, in all likelihood—I will soon put it out of my mind and turn to the truly meaningful business of watching teams like Germany, Spain, and Brazil. It remains to be seen whether American enthusiasm will survive the U. A recent Gallup poll found that soccer was the favorite sport to watch for seven per cent of Americans—higher than hockey, and only slightly lower than baseball.
Wrong - new research has shown that watching football is actually good for you - and yes, that even includes Sunderland fans.
Their survey , conducted by BetVictor and the University of Leeds, analysed 25 Leeds fans aged between 20 and 62 and it found that over the course of three games, average heart-rates increased to as much as BPM up 64 per cent on the average.
This elevation in heart-rate is known as 'positive stress' and is a cardio workout similar to a brisk walk. The study also revealed that watching a team win can significantly lower blood pressure - which lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke - as well as boost your mental health.
And the longer fans had supported their club, the greater the accompanying physiological and psychological effects. Good stress Dr Andrea Utley, at the University of Leeds said: "There is good stress and there is bad stress and there's a level of arousal which is actually good for you and the level of arousal that takes you over the edge.
The footie fans involved in the study filled out a short mood survey before and after each game which revealed just how hard a loss can hit supporters. On a high When their team won, they said they experienced "an absolute high" with the euphoria lasting a day, however, when their team lost, the slump was "actually be quite severe".
One of the participants said watching his team lose a match felt like a "low hum". They said in a focus group after the game: "That disappointment of Friday meant that the first thing I thought of when I woke up on Saturday morning was, 'I don't believe we lost that game.
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