Why Join a Sports Team?
Sports (or sporting) is any form of generally competitive physical activity that, though offering little in the way of strategic or strategical planning, attempts to employ, exercise or improve overall physical power and skill while still providing entertainment to participants, and occasionally, spectators. These activities include contact sports (football, boxing, rugby, ice hockey), recreational sports (fishing, camping, fishing) and competitive sports (football, golf, rugby). Sports can take many forms, but essentially they involve a form of interacting with another human being, where the participants compete to win. Though originally developed as a form of competition between two warring tribes, sports have since been used as an outlet for social and communal interaction. Some forms of sports are organised and regulated by governmental associations; others are organised by individual teams within sport categories such as swimming, cycling, rugby and soccer.
With advancements in medicine and science, sports have become much more refined and competitive, requiring athletes to train very intensely to be able to stand up to the intensity of their physical activity and the strain of carrying out their duties. Sports help to develop a better sense of competition among people, to increase personal confidence and abilities, as well as develop a better understanding of how one’s body works. Sports help people to lose weight, to build muscle mass, to improve cardiovascular health and stamina, improve mental health and well-being, as well as assist with eye and brain health. As well as being a lot of fun, participating in sports can reap great benefits to a person’s health and well-being.
It is not just the physical activities of sports that can help to improve a person’s health, many sports help to develop mental qualities that can help a person to overcome particular challenges in their lives. For example, taking part in high intensity sports such as running, cycling or weightlifting, can consistently’reinvent’ a person’s ability to get up and keep on going. The same goes for sports such as diving or synchronized swimming where, by participating continuously, the participant is developing mentally that will prove useful later on in their lives when coping with issues such as depression and social anxiety. Similarly, sports such as tennis and golf are long-term strategies that develop players’ hand-eye coordination, as well as their reaction time when faced with a variety of possible situations. Therefore, sports help to develop not only physical abilities, but also mental ones.
The reason sports are so important is because they provide a way in which a person can test their limits and their reactions to various stimuli, both in and out of the activity itself. For example, during a running training session, there will be an emphasis placed upon improving the individual’s speed and hence physical activities such as jogging will be incorporated into the training regime. However, the training environment can include noise and other distractions that prevent participants from focusing on the task at hand, which in turn can lead to poor form and reduced speed. In contrast, a quiet and peaceful park provides an ideal environment to run around and experience the peace and quiet that runners crave.
One of the key arguments made against sports and sport related activities is that it encourages unhealthy lifestyles that are detrimental to one’s mental health. This is primarily due to the fact that many people participate in extreme sports such as skateboarding or mountain boarding; these activities can involve very high speeds and involve lots of physical contact, which is not only physically damaging but also mentally damaging. Many people who participate in these activities end up suffering from anxiety and depression and end up failing to lead normal lives due to the fact that they are unable to cope with the strains placed upon their bodies and minds.
Sports are not only beneficial to our health; they are also beneficial to society as a whole. With so many people participating in various types of sports, we are seeing improved health, wealth and status for many people and we are seeing our youths growing up to be more responsible towards the society that they grow up in. It is clear that sports are here to stay.