As I am a Hoosier I’ve got basketball on the brain, so today we are going to explore the benefits of sports. Sports can be beneficial to everyone, not just the participating athletes. It may be Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack out there on the court tonight, but we to can share in the excitement and thrill of the game hundreds of miles away (although I’m sure it may not be on quite the same level, but I do think for my friend Elizabeth, who I don’t think even the disclaimer of obsessive is enough to describe her fanaticism with Butler basketball may feel on their level). It’s the great Cinderella story, where the eighth seed Dawgs somehow managed to make it back to the National championship game (in a year where they weren’t supposed to be as good) to take on Kemba Walker and the UConn Huskies. They have their team of seemingly good old boys, like Matt Howard leading the team (who I must admit I’m really starting to like, even though everyone is else seems to be talking about how weird he is, I can see why Elizabeth is a bit obsessed), who kids across the nation can look up to and feel encouraged that they too can reach the top. The sport brings a comrodery across the state. It’s like all Hoosiers come together to support their small school heroes. I watched the game in Indy with my friend Elizabeth on Saturday and you could see the support. ‘Go Dawg’ signs littered store windows and you couldn’t walk around without being hit in the face with Butler shirt after Butler shirt. Sports provide social benefits. You can go to a bar and make new friends with other fans (or good-naturedly jeer fans cheering for the opponent) or watch it at a friend’s house. Saturday I was able to meet some Elizabeth’s friends and experience it with some true Butler fans. Sports bring people together, plain and simple. Just think of the Olympics or the World Cup (sorry I’m a bit sports obsessive and these are my two favorite events where I lose weeks of my life in my dedication to watching them), where nations come together to support their country. Athletes become heroes and role models for youngsters across the globe hoping to become the next Shaun White or David Villa. There are many benefits for the actual athletes as well:
- Clearly sports provide exercise, which is great today when childhood obesity rates are ridiculous and kids are glued to their phones, computers, video games, and tvs.
- Playing sports is fun. It gives your child something to do and a group to belong to. They have a group of friends that has the same goals and interests.
- Research has found that kids that play sports, especially girls, are more likely to have a positive body image and higher self-esteem. They also are less likely to be overweight.
- Kids involved in sports are less likely to take drugs or smoke because they realize the impact that these destructive activities can have upon their performance. Girls who play sports are also less likely to become pregnant.
- Physical activities are a good way to relieve stress and reduce depression.
- Sports help kids develop discipline. They learn to set goals and then work to achieve those goals. They learn that by working hard they can accomplish the things that they want to in their lives.
- Kids who play sports quickly learn that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. They learn to be a good sport in both situations. It also helps them learn to deal with disappointment and go on.
- Statistics show that kids who are involved in sports while in high school are more likely to experience academic success and graduate from high school.
- Sports help develop teamwork and leadership skills. Kids quickly learn that they have to work together as a team to win the game.
- Motor skills, strategic thinking, and even math skills are learned by playing sports. Students develop strategic thinking as they figure out plays and the best way to get around a player or score a goal. Math skills are used as they calculate scores and stats.
- Regular exercise increases quality of life. Children who exercise are more likely to continue the practice into adulthood.
Also to tie this post in with Body Change. Image the levels athletes could perform if they realized the benefits of nutrition and were aware of what they were putting in their bodies. Being a fat-burner could provide a constant energy level and fish oil/olive oil would help with concentration and recovery! For more on our fat-burner programs check out bodychange.net. Go Dawgs!!!!