Just as philosophy
arts help develop the intellectual, spiritual and emotional
aspects of ourselves, sports help us develop the physical. We need
balance of mind, body and spirit to feel and function at our best.
sports helps much more than in the physical aspects. It builds
character, teaches strategic
thinking, analytical thinking, leadership skills, goal setting and
risk taking to name a few. And those are just the non-physical
The ancient Greeks, who brought us philosophy
and the arts, also took sport seriously.
They encouraged mostly boys and men to develop strong, fit and
graceful bodies. They would even meet and compete in running, jumping,
discus and javelin throwing competitions (the Olympic games). Girls
also engaged in physical activity but not to the extent the boys did,
nor did they compete in the games.
How do sports and physical activity help
Participating in sports/physical
activity develops the 5 components of fitness, which are:
strength, speed, skill, stamina and flexibility.
When we are under stress from personal problems, work pressures and
anxiety, apart from the fitness benefits, exercise through playing
sports helps release pressure and tension in a healthy and controlled
Benefits of engaging in sports or physical activity: