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TIE (Tanzania Institute of Education)
Importance of Sports and Games for Pupils/Students
As the world emphasized the importance of education in a child’s journey to become a balanced and mature individual, we have also come to understand the role of maintaining our physical and mental well-being. Sports play the role of a catalyst by complementing a kid’s ability to focus as well as learning about teamwork and perseverance.
The importance of physical education has also emerged with the growth of career opportunities in this sector. Through this blog, let’s know more about the importance of sports in a student’s life as well as how it can also complement your present lifestyle.
Indulging in sports can help students prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, anxiety, and stress, and develop a healthy heart, improve bone density, and lung functionality. It helps lower blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure levels as well as uplifts mood, improves muscle strength, reduces the risk of obesity, and boosts energy levels.
Healthy and Fit Body
To answer “why is sports important for students?” We can say that it helps develop healthy eating habits and prevent obesity. Children involved in sports typically consume more fruits and vegetables and cut off junk/fast foods. Additionally, it makes your body sweat and burn calories that help you maintain a strong and healthy body.
Improved Resistance Against Diseases
As per a prominent study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, it was significantly noticed that the importance of sports in boosting the immune system which assists in keeping infections at bay and speeding up healing after injuries. Moreover, regular exercise has also been found to prevent and provide resistance against a plethora of chronic conditions such as stroke, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, overweight, mental health problems, heart diseases, and several skeletal deformities. Sports is advised to people who have instilled some type of physical deformity as ensuring active bodily movements can potentially ameliorate the diseased condition of the person.
Boosts Social Skills
As explained before, sports are often pursued as a team activity and teach us many things about the outside world. But, most importantly, for a student, it assists them in attaining important social skills, be it working in a group or boosting communication skills. You learn about how to play as a team while also get to know about cooperation thus imbibing different behavioural skills that can polish your overall personality.
Indulging in sports is a great way to avoid communicable and non-communicable diseases. Sports activities have been found to have various cardiovascular benefits, including decreased blood pressure and improved cardiovascular fitness. It has a positive effect on sleep quality.
Researches show that people who are more into sports are more likely to experience higher levels of happiness compared to those who aren’t. Aerobic activities such as running or cycling reduce stress and the risk of mental disorders such as depression.
The role of sports in students' life can be seen in the form of endorphins, i.e. the brain's natural “feel good” chemicals or hormones your body releases when it feels pain or stress. They are relaxed with exercises or sports activities. When you exercise, your body releases dopamine and serotonin which make you feel good.