SGO: The importance of sport

The social benefits as well as the physical and mental health benefits are some of the aspects which should encourage you to move more. When you do sport even if it involves a team sport like football, rugby, lacrosse or any other team sport or if you are simply going to the gym to keep fit, sport is a fun and easy way to make friends. You get to meet new people with similar interests and if sport is your common interest that will also give you a lot to talk about. Small and apparently non significant conversations like “what made you try this sport” or “what do you eat after training?” or “how long have you been doing this for” are great ice breakers and you can tie amazing friendships in no time, or at least interact with people you do not usually talk to and relax. Sport also helps you gain useful like skills like teamwork. Playing a sport helps with your discipline and social sports teach you how to work as a member of a team and how to obtain efficient results through team work. That is something you will use at school and in the workplace – didn’t you notice that for many jobs, team work is an essential requirement? In this case it is good to develop team work in a fun and healthy way.

Another benefit of sport is of course, health. Without having to mention that by doing sport you burn calories and stay fit, sport also helps you to have a healthy lifestyle. Sport plays an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression, obesity and osteoporosis. Sport can also help you relax and for example if you are going through a stressful time at school as exam period is approaching or if you have a stressful job, forty minutes of exercise a day could make a huge difference on the way you feel as physical exercise helps you clear your mind and calms your mind after a busy day (for more information on how to handle exam stress read our posy about Mental Health and Exam Stress: https://cccusustainability.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/sgo-mental-health-and-exam-stress/)

According to sportanddev.org exercise could play a therapeutic role in addressing a number of psychological disorders. Sportanddev.com also mentions the fact that there are studies which show that physical exercise is associated with a growth in self-perception, self-esteem and in learning to accept and love the strengths but also the weaknesses of your body. (Read more here: http://www.sportanddev.org/en/learnmore/sport_and_health/the_health_benefits_of_sport_and_physical_activity/ )

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