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Come on, be a sport!

Improve health, alleviate stress and build team spirit through sports

education Updated: Oct 13, 2010 09:06 IST
Samir Parikh
Samir Parikh
Hindustan Times

Our work or studies occupy most of our time. While most of us were actively engaged in some sport as children and adolescents, we find less and less time for them as we grow older. Without us noticing, ‘all work and no play’ becomes our motto. Many of us seem to have forgotten how beneficial sports are for us.

Sports have multitudinous benefits and engagement in them can help an individual in various ways.

Stress buster
One of the best and most effective ways of disengaging oneself from hectic schedules is to engage in a sport. Sports also allow us space to express ourselves. It is in the hectic physical activity on the sports field that one’s worries and stresses are easily forgotten. This helps us just relax and unwind, as well as recharge for the next day.

Team builder
Team sports are the most significant and effective ground for the development of team spirit. More often than not, it is on the sports field that one learns how to work in teams. Here, the ability to work and engage with people gets enhanced.

Engaging people
Sports also act as a platform for building communication skills and to foster better techniques to interact with people. It’s on the sports field that people from different backgrounds come together and learn to participate in activities together and appreciating each other’s differences.

Essential to well-being
Being healthy is not just about eating the right things. It’s also about following a healthy lifestyle and exercising by playing sports is one of the best ways of doing so.

The author is a psychiatrist, and chief, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Max Healthcare

First Published: Oct 12, 2010 11:27 IST