Benefits of Sports
Physical exercise is good for mind, body, and spirit. Furthermore, team sports are good for learning accountability, dedication, and leadership; among many other traits. Putting it all together by playing a sport is a winning combination.
Many athletes do better academically.
Playing a sport requires a lot of time and energy. Some may think this would distract student-athletes from school work. However, the opposite is true. Sports require memorization, repetition, and learning, skill-sets that are directly relevant to class work. Also, the determination and goal-setting skills sports require can be transferred to the class -room.
Sports teach team-work and help achieve goals.
Fighting for a common goal with a host of other players, coaches, managers, and community members teaches you how to build a collective team synergy and effectively communicate the best way to solve problems en route to a victory. This will be very helpful in life when encountering problems in the work force, at the home-front, or in any arena.
Sports offer many health benefits, some less obvious.
Clearly, sports will improve your fitness and weight goals. However, they also encourage healthy decisions such as not smoking or drinking and offer hidden health benefits such as a lower chance of getting osteoporosis or breast cancer later in life. Also, for some the team counting on you to show up and work hard is plenty of motivation for you to get to the gym day in and day out.
Sports boost self-esteem.
Watching your hard work pay off and achieving your dreams brings about tons of self-confidence. If you can achieve something in a sport or with a fitness goal, then you know you can achieve any other goal you set. This is a very rewarding and exiting process.
Playing a sport cuts down on pressure and stress.
Exercising is a natural way to loosen up and let go of stress. Also, you will most likely make many new friends on the team who can be there for you as a support system. When you find you are having a lot of stress, you can call up team mates and head to the gym to talk it out and play it out.
For all of these reasons, it is always a great decision to get involved in the sports arena.