Health is the reason for exercise, not sports — sure. But a great side-effect of sports is exercise. Exercise improves cardiovascular fitness and controls your weight. More importantly — being active in sports can help you look good! Athletic activity:
- Reduces body fat, strengthens bones, and builds muscle
- Improves coordination, balance, flexibility and endurance
- Slows the aging process
- Reduces the risks of injury, and helps you recover faster
It also establishes a healthy pattern of lifetime physical activity, and makes your friends jealous.
Healthy body, healthy mind. Improving in sports translates directly to improving in school. Sports can help you…
- Increase concentration and develop problem-solving skills
- Learn how to set and attain goals
- Gain “Training Transfer”, skills that start showing up in school or on the job
- Improve self-esteem through success (and failure!)
- Learn time-management skills
Sports can help you learn social interaction, as well as give you a chance to exercise leadership. In competition, you quickly learn what your teammates — and you — are made of. You rely on your teammates and opponents to make you stronger, and pretty soon, you have a new set of friends.
Playing sports releases stress and tension. Sports competitions teach you to feel relaxed in high-pressure situations. Athletics also helps you fight depression and anxiety — endorphins are our friends!