Physical health beneﬁts of participation in physical activity include:
• Reduction in risk of heart disease by as much as half;
• Better recovery from a heart attack and reduced risk of having a second heart attack;
• Reduced risk of stroke;
• Reduced risk of having high blood pressure and high cholesterol;
• Prevention and treatment of non-insulin dependent diabetes;
• Reduced risk of developing and dying from some cancers, such as colon and breast cancers; and assistance with coping, rehabilitation and survival from cancer;
• Prevention of obesity and weight management;
• Decreased body fat;
• Increased lean muscle, muscle strength and bone density;
• Reduced risk of chronic ...view middle of the document...
Participation in sport and physical activity also provides social beneﬁ ts speciﬁ c to children and older adults
Social benefits for children
• Development of communication, interpersonal, leadership and co-operation skills;33
• Creation of lasting friendships;34
• Increased interest in accepting responsibility;35
• Teaches them how to deal with winning and losing;36
• Provides a vehicle for responsible risk taking;37
• Helps build social skills among children and may deter anti social behaviour;38 and
• Helps young people develop self-discipline and leadership.
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. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. Physical activities are a good way to relieve stress and reduce depression. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. 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. 8. Sports help develop teamwork and leadership skills. Kids quickly learn that they have to work together as a team to win the game. 9. 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. 10. Regular exercise increases quality of life. Children who exercise are more likely to continue the practice into adulthood.Sports boost self-esteem.
Watching your hard work pay off and achieving your dreams brings about tons of self-confidence. If you can achieve something in a sport or with a fitness goal, then you know you can achieve any other goal you set. This is a very rewarding and exiting process.Playing a sport cuts down on pressure and stress. Exercising is a natural way to loosen up and let go of stress. Also, you will most likely make many new friends on the team who can be there for you as a support system. When you find you are having a lot of stress, you can call up team mates and head to the gym to talk it out and play it out.
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