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The benefits of sports
 
Every student needs attention and respect but not all can get it through academic excellence. Participation in sports is another way for students to excel. It offers the unique arena in which students can gain both attention and respect by exerting their natural abilities. These include strength and speed, vision and coordination, creativity and responsiveness. Most young people possess these characteristics and sports provide them with a satisfying and enjoyable way to develop their talents. Although on the surface sports activities are fun, they offer benefits and lessons that carry over into all aspects of life.

First and foremost, sports are important from the aspect of health. Students who participate in organized sports are generally healthier. We are familiar with the expression `a healthy mind in a healthy body'. Sports ensure students do not merely develop academically but are also involved in healthy, vigorous outdoor activities which develop physical fitness in a way that is fun. These activities help counter health problems such as obesity and poor health. At the same time, students develop a healthier body image and lifelong habits that are good for their health.

An added benefit of sports is that they help students clear their minds of academic and social pressures. It has been said that `all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'. Many students complain of boredom with the day-in-day-out routine of student life. Sports activities help to counter the dullness that results through keeping their noses in their books. Students are able to work off the pressures and tension that accumulate in their muscles through long hours of studying. After playing really hard, students feel better because engaging in sports helps blow the cobwebs away. Sports activities take their minds off matters that are bothering them, so that when they resume studying they will be able to concentrate better.

Besides, as students train for sports they learn to push themselves to their limits in order to achieve and excel. Their personal effort may help them become good at something they are interested in. When they do something well, they feel good about it. They will be more confident. More importantly, they will learn about the process of how to improve, and work more effectively. They will see that learning a skill involves practice, and practice is essential for improvement. They may even carry this knowledge over to their studies and do better academically. Just as sports activities teach them to achieve their highest potential, so too they may push themselves to excel in their studies as well.

In conclusion, sports is essential for students as it provides an opportunity for students to develop their natural talents. At the same time, it creates a more balanced individual. Also, sports promotes good health and is also an excellent outlet for the stresses and pressure of student life. Through sports, students recognize the importance of hard work and see how practice makes perfect. More importantly, these benefits are not confined to school life but carry over into the future and have lifelong benefits.
     
all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy   working without a break for enjoyment and relaxation makes a person bored and become boring
     
blow the cobwebs away   get rid of boredom / tiredness
     
take their minds off   take a break from
     
 
 

 

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