Playing sports is not only fun but can also become a source of rewarding lifetime careers. Sporting has immense health benefits to players and contributes to their personal development. Playing sports also benefits communities by promoting unity, generation of employment, entertainment, and infrastructural development. Playing sports has trickle-down effects that benefit both those who are directly and indirectly involved.
1.Enhances Self-Esteem and Confidence
Playing sports provides an opportunity for you to see the results of your hard work. The manifestation of success builds confidence in your ability making your self-esteem levels to rise. You become motivated from within and can put more effort to succeed where you previously experienced hardships. You get a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence which increases your happiness levels.
2.Sports Make Workouts More Enjoyable
Playing sports makes workouts more enjoyable. Unlike going to the gym where one has to be psyched up and maintain a high level of discipline, playing is more fun and enjoyable. You compete against others, and since everyone wants to emerge a winner, you end up expending more effort than you would in the gym. Further, playing sports provides one with more room to invoke their creativity
Playing sports helps you appreciate the importance of teamwork. Individuals work independently, but their efforts are collective to the success of the team. Through sports, you get to appreciate the effort of other people since you all have a common objective. You also get to appreciate how individual differences are an asset to the welfare of the team.
Playing sports helps one manage their weight, promote cardiovascular health, and improves muscle strength. Improved muscle health is vital for an enhanced metabolism thus help in weight management. Playing sports helps you burn more calories and stay in good shape. Playing sports promotes healthy feeding on whole meals to fuel the body thus help avoid junk foods which predisposes one to obesity.
Sportsmen and women are less likely to engage in irresponsible behavior such as drug abuse, crime, prostitution, and smoking. Playing sports helps female layers avoid unwanted pregnancies and the resultant risk of death while procuring abortions. Sports help develop friendships that are founded on safe, healthy, and enjoyable associations. For instance, playing sports can help children discover their talents while it can help adults to live healthy lifestyles. Playing sports helps people who have scarce resources to make friendships that last beyond sporting activities.
6.Contribution to Academic Success
Sports personalities have a stellar performance in school due to high levels of discipline and proper time management. As a result, such students have low dropout rates and have a better chance of realizing their dreams in life. Sports personalities are driven by the urge to be on top of everything that they do including education, thus work harder than students who do not take part in sports.
7.Building Character Values
Playing sports helps in imparting character values such as honesty, fair play, and teamwork. Learning to respect others and following rules is useful in making one earn respect from other people. Winning or losing teaches people about the importance of humility while competing teaches people the importance of self-respect, builds mental strength, confidence and stress management. Besides, one can learn to be a leader by being in charge of their team. Additionally, playing sports helps create role models. Successful sports personalities inspire a lot of people that they too can become the best at what they are doing and that it pays to work hard.
8.Entertainment and Community Building
Playing sports helps create close friendships and keeps the community entertained. Sporting activities are used to promote cohesion among communities and entertainment. For instance, arranging tournaments among hostile communities help reduce tension. Watching sports allows one to take a break from the busy working schedule and be entertained by watching skilled sports persons display their talents. Playing sports brings people from all walks of life together and has created many of the closest friendships in my life.
9.Infrastructural Development and Creation of Employment
Tournaments like Olympics, FIFA World Cup, and other Continental Games attract massive investments in infrastructural development which create many job opportunities during the construction and management of stadia. Sportsmen and women gain full-time professional jobs from their talents. Sports help create employment for a variety of people including coaches, club managers, and agents.