• Reece Ramseur

The Benefits of Participating in Sports

Have you ever wanted to start a sport, but then decided you should be focusing on schoolwork or devoting your time to more important activities? Think again. All the elements of participating in sports are beneficial for everyone for countless reasons. It is important and can actually help improve your grades. Here are three of the top reasons why carving out time for sports is beneficial. Participating in sports improves physical health and wellness, teamwork and social interaction, and academics.

Physical Health and Wellness

This may sound obvious, but it is true and important. Not all, but most sports include running or some other high-intensity activity. When you participate in this, you will find that your body positively responds by burning calories. Staying active keeps your body feeling great and looking your best. Not only do sports keep you in shape, but they also enhance your overall function. For example, as you exercise, your body releases unnecessary stress hormones, thus, relieving stress. This can be very beneficial when stress has depleted your energy. Exercising through sports is a great way to maintain alertness and concentration and improve cognitive function.


Teamwork and Social Interaction

No matter what sport you play, you have teammates by your side. When you play with your teammates, you will naturally develop skills such as teamwork and leadership. These positive qualities will help you or your team win games and meets. They will also begin to play a role in your life outside of your sport. Participating in sports can allow you to build amazing friendships with your teammates. Many athletes have found that after a rough day at school, going to practice and seeing their teammates always cheers them up. Even if we have a tough practice, we go through it together. This is why teammates are so different from other friendships. You shout in joyful moments together and cry in disappointing ones together. When you participate in sports, you can build these amazing relationships with your teammates.

Academics

Participating in sports will boost your brainpower. You will be able to focus better and concentrate longer while you are doing schoolwork and studying. Many people are concerned that they will not have enough time to complete all their schoolwork if they commit to playing sports. Although it may be difficult at times to finish all your work, several athletes have found that you will be much more efficient at getting your work done on the days you have practice. When athletes know they have practice after school, they instinctively start their homework as early as they can so they do not have to stay up late working. Rather than on days when athletes do not have practice, they tend to procrastinate and hold off on doing their homework as late as they can. Participating in sports will improve your time management skills and can help you get your work done more efficiently.


Without a doubt, starting a sport will benefit you in numerous ways. So, if you are on the fence, just do it. You will quickly see the positive effects sports will have on your life.


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