For some people, the idea of doing sports is the worst thing in the world, but other people absolutely love it. Even if you feel like you’re allergic to sports, getting sweaty and competitive can be really good for you. Here are some reasons why you should give sport another try if you’ve rejected it.
Healthy body, healthy mind
It pretty much goes without saying, but people who are active tend to have healthier bodies than those who aren’t. Getting a healthy body through sport can actually help you develop a healthier mind. If you have anxiety about the way you look, getting athletic can remove those anxieties. Firstly your body will begin to transform without you even really noticing it, and secondly, you’ll be so wrapped up in having a fun time it won’t feel like working out.
A good workout or sporting session will release endorphins which help to make you feel much better, giving you a natural high. That feeling becomes addictive, so you crave it more and more. If you skip a session or two, you’ll find yourself needing to get out and get sweating once again, and you enter into a cycle of having fun through sports.
Competitive sports help to make you tougher both physically and mentally. You have to be strong to contend with others, so the more you practice your sport, the stronger your body will become. The flipside is that you have to become mentally tougher to succeed. Is your opponent trash talking you? Don’t let them get an easy victory by letting them win the mental battle, you have to see through their empty threats and be the bigger person.
Victory tastes all the sweeter when your opponent has done everything in their power to derail your efforts. Developing this toughness can help you to succeed in life as you will be more willing to take risks. You will know what it is that needs doing to achieve result, and now you’ll be hesitating less.
It relieves stress
Stress is one of the biggest reasons why people are unhappy. It eats away at you, taking small chips out of your happiness until you’re so stressed you forget what fun feels like. Sport is a great stress reliever and can help you feel much better about how your life is going.
For instance, did Karen upset you once again at the office? Try taking up boxing and relieving the stress of dealing with Karen by hitting the punchbag a million times. Then when you see Karen again, you won’t have any pent-up anger toward her, and her annoying passive aggressive habits won’t get to you so much.
Work can feel like a long slog and often it’ll seem like you aren’t getting anywhere. Playing sports helps you to break free from the stress of your work and focus on something else for a while, and if you win then you’ll be even happier! Engaging in regular sporting activities means not only your body will be healthier, but so will your mind.