Just as philosophy
and the 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.
Playing 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 aspects!
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.
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 way.
Benefits of engaging in sports or physical activity: