Due to its vast reach, unmatched acceptance, and base of positive values, sport is definitely one of the greatest things man has ever created. The games played in Mayan civilizations prove this. Although they were mostly seen as a recreational activity back then, the importance of sports is has increased manifolds in the modern world. In fact, today, it is viewed as an institution.
Football, rugby, and hockey are followed no less than religions. Sports have been an essential part of our generation from early childhood. However, this statement does not stand true in the present scenario anymore. We are in the 21st century and nowadays new age kids have moved their playgrounds to the cyber world, thus losing out on all the fun and learning experience. It, thus, becomes important for us to understand the dynamics and its significance on our lives. So, let us decode the importance of sports:
Health Comes First
No matter whichever sport you take, you are bound to have better health than people who avoid sports. No other activity is as productive in gaining strength, solidification of muscles and overall physical fitness as sports. To get a fit body and pleasing and attractive personality, one needs to play sports. Weight management, preventing chronic diseases and developing a healthy lifestyle are some of the health benefits. Playing is an effective stress buster and has instantaneous relaxation power. A hard day at the workplace can be taxing and challenging, both for the mind as well as the soul. In such circumstances, what can be the best way to deal with the parched nerves?
Learning How to Lose
This is one of the prime benefits of sports. Learning to accept defeat and cope up with it is a life lesson sports teaches its disciples. The nature of sports is such that there will always be always a winner and a loser. However, the experience and learnings from being one or the other is what matters. It’s expected that there will be multiple occasions when you face defeat in a match but it’s vital to help you realize that losing is nothing to be ashamed of. By learning to control and understand their emotions after defeats, you can build resilience that can aid you in life.
Sports as a Mood Changer
Games make you physically active and engaging in sports practices can leave you a feeling of mood change afterward. One can call sports as a mood-enhancer. As one of the research suggests that people who are not active are more depressed than those who maintain a sports regimen. Sports can not only be a protective factor when it comes to one’s health but also guard against a range of risky behaviours prevalent in adolescence.
A Career Option
Who said sports is just a leisurely activity! Sports can actually be a career path for you. In this era, there are a plethora of opportunities to choose a fitting sports career. Football, for instance, is extremely popular throughout the entire world and professionals make millions playing it. In fact, the government has announced multiple schemes to help deserving youngsters get the right training. If you want to be a sportsperson, this is the time to be. Whichever may be the sports of your choice, it’s important to know that you have persistent and disciplined training. Work hard and let your game do the talking.
Sports and Peace
It’s a natural tendency of every individual to become supreme. This urge has led to most of the wars in human history resulting in devastating bloodshed. But do you know sports has evolved as a remedy to satisfy this urge? After World War II, one of the European thinkers has commented that the Olympic movement must be sustained and developed since the only alternative available to it is war.
There are many war-torn nations which have overcome the hurdles through sports. For instance, Afghanistan one of the nation filled with terror now has risen up as the international cricket team. When it comes to India the instance of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (badminton players) played together in doubles spreading the message of ‘Stop War. Start Tennis’.
Improve social life
Sports improve your sense of team spirit. It is one of the reasons why multiple IT companies and MNCs have started inspiring their employees to take up sports. It teaches one to trust their teammate and respect the opponent. Those are attributes that can change your social life overall. Sports lessen your chances of smoke or drinks. People who are budding in their careers benefit enormously since there are very few ways of socializing outside sports.
A Boost to Economic Development
Sports can contribute to economic development by generating additional sources of income to the country including the manufacturing of sporting goods, the development of sports-related services and infrastructure and the hosting of sports tournaments. Sports can also boost other sectors such as international trade, tourism, social entrepreneurship to name a few.
Progress in Personal Life
Last but not least. Sports being a source of recreation improves personal life. What sports, or even games for that matter, do best is bringing out the character values. It helps put sense in values like fair play honesty and team spirit. It can help you adhere to play by the rules in the real world too. Losing and even winning teaches people about humility and grace.
Olympic ? medallist @Ra_THORe lends his voice to provide the youth of ?? #5MinuteAur to play, besides emphasising on the importance of sports in life.
Watch him share his opinions on Khelo India Youth Games & tune in to Star Sports, Jan 9 onwards to catch them in action! pic.twitter.com/BdM3TQ4dLS
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) January 8, 2019
Whether you choose to be a professional athlete or you just want to play with your friends, including sports in daily regimen because it is an integral part of your life. It offers multiple benefits, including plentiful advantages for your physical and mental health and they offer many opportunities for socializing. Still want the textual ‘Gyaan’? What are you waiting for? Call your friends and head out for a game of your favourite sport!