Why play sports?
My parents tell me to turn off the TV to go for a bike ride; my friends offer football on Saturday afternoon… But why does everyone want to play sports? When you play sports, you get muscles, you become more resistant to efforts (the stairs seem lower), and you feel in better shape. Imagine that sport protects you against certain diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular (heart) problems, and even back pain. And then, when we put our body in motion, our brain secretes endorphins, hormones that convey a feeling of pleasure and soothing! Doing sports, therefore, has positive effects on our morale! Finally, in adolescence, the body changes a lot and quickly, we do not always feel comfortable, we do not know very well what to do with our arms, we are clumsy. Sport can then be the means to become familiar with this new body.
Sport and others
We discover different people with whom we live moments of exchange and sharing. This also leads to participating in public sporting events (football match, ping pong tournament, etc.), having fun, and feeling part of a group outside of one’s usual references.
Besides, practicing a sport, especially in competition, also teaches you to manage rivalry with others, not to feel demolished when you lose and to find your place within a team.
Sport and me
After two laps of breaststroke in the pool, you feel cooler. It is that physical activities offer the possibility of spending yourself when you need to let off steam. We then do it in a certain context, where there are rules to follow, which forces us to control our emotions. For example, sport can also be an opportunity to learn to manage aggressiveness by expressing it in a channeled form as in combat sports.
Playing sports also allows you to surpass yourself and experience effort, which can be useful later. Participating and giving the best of yourself is already personal satisfaction. It is a challenge that we launch ourselves and tries to take up.
When you practice a sport regularly, you learn, you progress, you set new goals, and when you reach them, you can be happy with yourself, and you can also arouse the admiration of loved ones, friends, or parents.
Sport and mind
Doing sports allows you to work with your body, but do you know that the head also works ?! In any sport, there are rules of the game, which we remember and which push us to memorize, learn, and concentrate. Research with young people who regularly participate in physical activity shows that they are better able to concentrate, that they are more creative and that they are better at solving problems, like in mathematics, for example.
Physical exercises are, therefore, also beneficial for neurons! And good news, these mental capacities that we develop in sport can be used in everyday life, at school
In conclusion, whether you walk half an hour every day, whether you play football, badminton or horse riding, playing sports allows you to learn, to feel good about yourself, to feel pleasure and to build your thinking.