When was the last time you played a sport?
When was the last time you played a sport?
Sports and games is something we very fondly associate with our childhood. Those good old days when we’d get all pumped up about our school’s sports day, geared up for swim practices and anxious about throw ball try outs. While we all keep hearing about how important it is for us to encourage the younger generation to take part in sports, we don’t hear enough about how it is equally important for adults to get back into the game as well. Studies have shown, repeatedly, that playing sports as an adult has several advantages. From helping people to excel in their professional field to enabling them to grow into more evolved individuals, the effect of sports is nothing if not wholesome. Needless to say, sports are great for health as well. One of the best ways to get in the daily dose of exercise, participating in sports helps keep adults healthy as well as active and on their feet. However, the most interesting fact of them all is that sports helps us become better professionals. In our hectic, modern lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never seem to have time for something that’s fun, healthy, rejuvenating and cathartic. Sports helps facilitate all of the above and more. So, if you still have your doubts, here are five really solid reasons as to why adults should start indulging in sports and games more often.
Fitness takes a big hit when we embrace adult life. It’s always either deadlines, presentations or family commitments that takes precedence while we keep pushing our fitness goals to the back burner. One of the biggest things keeping adults from being fit is the lack of motivation. However, with more sports in your life, you as adults, need not worry about staying fit any longer. One of the biggest motivating factors, sports helps keep all of us fit while bringing in an element of fun while doing so.
The importance of networking in adult life cannot be contested. Whether you want to excel professionally or personally, we all need to have a good connect with the right kind of people who will advise us, guide us and help us when the time is right. When it comes to sports, there’s no better camaraderie than what you build with your teammates who could be people you know personally or people who you could be meeting for the first time. Joining an adult sports league has this benefit built right in! So, grab a bite to eat following match and let your network circle grow.
As adults, one of the things that we all feel we need to champion is multitasking. But the question is how do we master this trick? How do we, as adults, master this art of juggling several things at the same time without compromising on one over the other. Enter sports. When you’re playing a sport, you automatically need to start focusing on multiple things at the same time. Taking football as an example, when you’re playing a match, you need to simultaneously keep tabs on what the opposing teams players are doing while focusing on you and your team mates’ game as well. It is this inherent quality of multitasking in sports that prepares us for real life situations and helps one practice it as well.
Sports is equivalent to therapy. Our work-life balance is such that it doesn’t allow us the time to look after ourselves as much and as often as we would like to, which results in a slow build-up of stress. Not controlled at the right time, stress can have some severe side effects on our body, mind and health. But as they say, when there’s a problem, it’s always better to tackle it head on rather than sitting on it and doing nothing about it. Playing a sport works as a great stress buster. When you play you exercise and when you exercise your body feels better and so does your mind due to the release of endorphins in to your system. So, if you want to say bye-bye to stress, just grab your favorite sports equipment and hit the outdoors.
Last but not the least, playing sports teaches us the value of team work and how important it is for us to be able to work with our fellow colleagues and partners as a team. According to several researches, playing sports provides people with opportunities to develop skills in communication and team building. When you’re a professional, the need to establish a vision, develop strategic objectives and motivate employees, are essential. Playing and coaching sports allows future business leaders to develop team-building skills and learning how to inspire others while focusing on achieving objectives. Additionally, playing a sport helps build leadership skills and improves communication skills and decision making as well, all of which are attributes that team work requires.
Sports does not only build character, it reveals what an individual is made up of as well!