If you are reading this, chances are that at one point in your life you engaged in some kind of physical activity, trained some sport for a while or you are still recreational or professional sports guy. Humans do have the habit of straining themselves and enjoy sports. But, why do we do it? Why do we put ourselves in those situations, running, jumping, kicking and throwing stuff with other people? I guess some do it in order to be happy and others to push themselves to the limits and compete with others. No matter what the reason is, you should have a clear mind in order to enjoy it properly.
Socialization – humans are social beings, we don’t usually live alone and excluded from the others. From our early days we are connected and joined with other little humans on order to socialize and develop people skills. Sports are great at that, too. Joining other fellow humans in order to accomplish the same goal is great character builder and a great way to lean some valuable lessons for the future. Cooperation, team spirit and friendship are not only words you hear sometimes, they are important characteristics that both children and adults need to understand and embrace. But also….
Competition – working in team is great, working towards a goal is even better. And what is sweeter than competing with other individuals in a same set of skills and coming out victorious? It might sound a little odd or even barbarian to you, but if you think about it – that’s sports in a nutshell. Or at least a one way to look at it. Competing is a great way to get motivated to do better and advance, comparing to others is a way to self reflect and value but you should always keep in mind that we are all different and that loosing in sports is not the same as loosing in life. Which brings us to….
Enjoying – all right guys, let’s not bring the sports and all those precious moments to the mere statistic and sociology. Sports are so much more than just means to connect and progress. If you are doing it right – sports should be a source of happiness. Trainings should be the times when you struggle in order to feel great afterwards and playing a game of basketball or football should give you an adrenaline and dopamine rush to the head. Don’t forget after all this that sports are there to make us feel good and happy.
Training hard and preparing for competitions is great, but if you don’t win – it’s not the end of the world. It doesn’t matter if you are training to be a professional or you just do it for the kicks of it, the end result should never be more important than the process.