Key to a Successful Life
Staying fit is key to a successful life. Regular sports keep your life spectacular and preserve your health. Sports are particularly important during youth, as staying active in earlier age shapes the direction of your life in adulthood and old age. Moreover, lightweight sports keep elderly people fit and healthy.
A fit body contains a healthy mind. Exercise and games positively influence the physical and mental capabilities of people. Physical activities range from mild exercises to diverse entertainment sports, including football, badminton, hockey, basketball, etc. During exercise and playing outdoor games are mainly associated with the generation of several chemicals, which ultimately regulate various physicochemical reactions, hence control feelings, moods, and performance of humans.
Sharpening of physical skills is achieved by sharp brains while playing regular sports yield sharp brains. Mental health influences human psychology and social behavior, hence it contributes towards successful academic and business careers, which require sheer planning and concise focus. Various aspects of physical and mental health are described here, which affect the quality of human life.
A healthy person is an efficient contributor to society. Mood and psychology are important contributors to the overall performance of humans. Getting involved in groups during playing games improved mental and social behavior.
Sports and Muscular Development
Staying lean yet building muscles is a target for everyone. Muscular development during youth is important for a balanced life. Physical activities influence the release of several growth hormones and factors in the body that help in the development and production of new cells.
A research report in “European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology” suggested that there should be interference between the training for strength and endurance because if done simultaneously, the capacity to build the strength reduces. The
Generally, motor and higher-order cognitive skills developments are essential during early childhood for muscular development. Although motor skills are important for muscular development, yet they are important in learning different languages, perception of academic concepts, development of focus and attention, as well as retention of important matters in one’s memory.
In this regard, Irene et al (2015) suggested in a scientific report published in the “Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport” that complex motor intervention programs were required to stimulate these skills in kids.
Development and Maintenance of Healthy Bones with Sports
Healthy bones are pivotal to the quality of life. Sports contribute to the development of healthy bones. Development of healthy bones in the youth is of utmost importance for the quality of life during the old age. Hence, adolescents must be encouraged to participate in sports.
Vicente-Rodríguez (2006) reported in the journal of “Sports Medicine” that osteoporosis was a pediatric issue. Prepubertal physical activities mechanically stimulated the development and growth of the human skeleton.
According to another study, almost three hours of gymnastics, football or handball, are strongly recommended to develop healthy bones. Besides, the people who had a habit of doing exercise in their youth were less vulnerable to hip fractures and osteoporosis, hence remain independent of others help and have enhanced the quality of their life.
Impact of Sports on Social Behavior and Psychology
Sports play a very vital role in developing an appropriate social behavior in the people. Generally, the number of members in sports teams are much smaller than in a classroom, yet the environment is vaster, hence it’s very easy to interact and get familiar with each other. Training in sports is actually training the body, hence coordination between brain and organs takes place, which results in increased efficiency and productivity. This increased efficiency and productivity is also emulated in routine life, hence sportsmen are also efficient part of society.
In an internationally published research work, Sanders et al (2000) published a study in the journal of “Adolescence”, which stated that the students who actively participated in sports enjoyed better intimate relationships with parents and friends. Besides, a sense of achievement positively influences the psychology of a person. Moreover, during sports, levels of some chemicals, such as adrenaline, cortisol and noradrenaline change, which control the mood and behavior of people.
Generally, sports involve teamwork, hence achieving combined objectives is relatively easier in sports as compared to usual life activities. Leadership quality is an essential tool for passing a balanced life in society. Especially, these give confidence required to overcome the hurdles of normal life. Working in the groups improves the leadership qualities of the sportsmen, hence contributes towards positive social behavior of people.
Sports and Grades of Students
Educational performance is linked to healthy bodies and brains. The importance of sports activities for the students is open misunderstood towards getting good grades in the exams. Generally, it is thought that sports activities waste the time of students, however, the truth is on the contrary. Involving in sports activities and physical efforts sharpen the brains of the students, as well as keep them healthy.
Sanders et al (2000) in a study reported in a study published in a renowned scientific journal that the students who actively participated in sports also acquired better grade point averages. In another study, Carson et al (2016) suggested in the “Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport” that sports activities supported the development of cognitive abilities in childhood.
Hence, regular sports support in better decision making, improvement of reading stamina and focus, which are essential for getting good grades in the exams.
Sports, Competitive Environment and Critical Thinking
Sportsmen understand themselves well. Besides, critical thinking and problem-solving are essential tools for successful academic and professional development. Sports often present unique scenarios, which teams accept as challenges, hence evolve with viable solutions.
Competition and taking benefit of one lose-moment of the competitors are important in sports. Sports environment teaches various tactics to the sportsmen, hence provides them the opportunities to survive in competitive environments by developing their strategies.
Sportsmen are better capable to handle the tough business-related tasking and develop abilities in sports environments to make better decisions in critical situations. The improvement in multitasking skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills through sports is achieved through improvement of health achieved because of sports.
Light Workout for Improving Stamina and Endurance
Sports can be useful for training a body like a machine, hence making it productive for longer periods. People often leave their works half done after the start due to lack of stamina. Stamina refers to the ability to stay active, powerful and endure for longer periods during sports and other activities. It is needed to continue the activities after a certain level after the start.
Scientific evidence reveals that sports and physical activities are essential not only for maintaining physical but also mental stamina. People who participate in sports remain more active and vigorous for longer periods as compared to others. Particularly, the changes in the levels of adrenaline, cortisol, and noradrenaline during sports activities, promote the stamina and endurance of the sportsmen.
Moreover, doing sports and exercise not only improves the stamina of the youth but also improve the health and the quality of lives of old people. Important advice in this regard is to perform slow aerobics, such as jumping, jogging and stretching followed by push-ups and sit-ups, for at least 15 minutes before starting regular exercise or game.
Control of Depression and Self-esteem with Sports
Depression is a critical mental illness that deteriorates the quality of life. It adversely affects life in all its dimensions, including work, sleep, talk, eating habits, behaviors, and performance. Physical fitness has a direct link to mental health. Exercise cures some of the psychological disorders including mental, neurological or behavioral disorders.
Sports not only give motivation but also help people in realizing their physical worth and perception, hence are useful in alleviating depression. These not only improve the sleep patterns but also decrease the stress, hence contribute to improved motor skills and cognitive functions. Babisset al (2009) described that endorphin chemical was produced as a result of sports activities, which protects humans against depression. The improvement of intrapersonal factors helps improve their self-esteem.
Sports keep the sportsmen emotionally stable, as they counter the pressure situations several times during competitions. Sanders et al (2000) suggested that 3 to 6 hours per week was enough to relieve depression. Moreover, the sporting environment also improves the state of mind of the people, hence contributes to alleviating the depression.
Healing of wounds and recovery from Injuries
Returning to health from injury is a difficult process. By taking the responsibility and knowing the nature of your injury helps in faster recovery of your body. Rehabilitation is a careful process in which resting is advised by most of the doctors. Although, it is not recommended to play outdoor sports during injuries, yet sportsmen recover faster than other people.
Healing of wounds is a function of various chemicals, which are produced in our bodies after encountering injuries. Sports rise the levels of various chemicals in the body, which play positive in earlier recovery from injuries. Production of several endogenous chemicals in the brain are associated with positive thinking, which helps the faster recovery of wounds. There is an increased extent of cell division and mitosis, thus enhanced regeneration of the sportsmen.
Furthermore, after injuries, such as fractures and bone dislocations, most doctors advise their patients to do specific exercises. These exercises help the patients early return to their normal lives.
Prevention of Chronic Disorders and Financial Losses
Prevention is better than cure. Chronic disease is the one that generally lasts for three or more months. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression, and osteoporosis are growing global concerns.
Governments incur huge financial investments in hospitals to treat chronic diseases. Besides, investment in medical facilities is increasing day-by-day. In a scientific study, Pharr and Lough (2017) reported in the journal of “Sports” that participation in sports activities reduced the rates of chronic disease in men, women, and adolescents.
Hence, governments can prevent considerable losses of financial resources incurred on hospitals to treat these people from chronic diseases by developing high quality the sports and exercise facilities for the people, as a positive influence of sports has been reported for prevention of several chronic diseases.
Besides, physical activities and sports can augment the immune system by the production of several hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, hence contribute to the prevention and cure of several chronic diseases. Moderate excise and physical activities can produce cytokines that are useful immune-boosting factors, however, heavy exercise could be detrimental to the deterioration of these factors.
Hence, participating in games and physical activities prevents the incidence of chronic diseases, mainly through improving immunity.
Sports and Aging
Humans enjoy their peak strength and health at a certain age, after which again starts. Aging is a natural phenomenon that represents the decline of physical strength and health conditions after attaining a peek at a certain stage of life. It is related to the decline of human cells and muscles due to increased necrosis and decreased the capacity of ATP production.
Usually, the peak ages of the people range from 25 to 45. During this age, humans are less susceptible to diseases and exhibit maximum efficiencies. However, with changing lifestyles and an era of a mobile-phone assisted sedentary lifestyle, the range of peak age is quickly shortening, and aging is taking place at a much faster pace than the past.
Physical and mental fitness keep humans from aging. Human muscles are generally of two major types, viz., red and white muscles. Red muscles are involved in quick bursts and high energy activities, while the white muscles are involved in normal daily life activities. Red muscles lose their ability with aging, hence reduce stamina and muscle strength.
Prevention of diseases and active engagement in life are components of successful aging. Physical activities, particularly, entertainment sports and exercise keep us fit and active. Moreover, fit people more actively participate in social engagements, which keep us happy and mentally contented.
Hence, sports play an important part in delaying aging. Additionally, sports prevent the incidence of diseases in the older ages, hence improve the quality of life.
Staying Active During Pregnancy for Quality Life
A healthy mom gives out a healthy infant. Staying active key to improve the quality of life during pregnancy. But extreme care should be done to avoid falling and collision, hence, regular exercise is not generally recommended during pregnancy.
However, regular exercise before pregnancy also positively influences the quality of life during this important phase of life, and women who regularly participated sports and exercises also remained active during pregnancy even without performing any exercise during pregnancy.
Moreover, those women avoided excessive weight gain, risk of gestational diabetes and back pain who participated in regular sports before pregnancy and remained active during pregnancy.
Control of Obesity and BMI by Sports and Physical Activities
Playing sports keeps you fit and strong. Fat deposition in the body is critical to chronic diseases. Burning fats is pivotal to the prevention of chronic diseases. Moreover, excessive amounts of fat in the body as well as around the vital organs increases the obesity of persons as well as their body mass index (BMI).
Although, it is not the best indicator, yet it gives a reasonable insight into the health conditions, particularly related to obesity, risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. There are various formulas for calculating BMI.
A BMI of 18.5 to 25 is recommended for a healthy lifestyle. The higher the BMI, the greater is the risk. A BMI of over 30 depicts that the person is obese. Playing outdoor games and performing regular sports not only prevents the deposition of fats in the liver but also helps in burning the already deposited fats thus maintain the BMI.
Moreover, sports have higher metabolic equivalents value than resting, hence burn deposited fats quicker. Exercise accelerates heart pumping and lung function that contribute to increased burning of fats. For example, metabolic equivalents value of playing basketball is 11.1, i.e., it burns deposited fats 11.1 times quicker than resting.
Hence, participating in sports regularly burns body fats, controls BMI and prevents obesity.
- For those who want to start exercise, mild exercise with stretching is recommended. The intensity of the exercise should only be increased after your muscle get acclimatized for a few days.
- Exercise and games should be played under the supervision of a certified trainer to get the maximum benefits. Particularly, starting exercise in older ages should only be done after consultation with your physician.
- During and after exercise, intake of electrolytes such as juices and fermented dairy products should be increased, so that the levels of electrolytes lost during the exercise could be compensated.
- In addition, a balanced nutritional program should be followed, so that body fulfill its increased needs due to exercise. Particularly, saturated fats and carbohydrates should be controlled, while essential fatty acids and amino acids should be increased in the diet.
- Nutritional supplements to build muscles should only be taken after consultation with a physician, as over or underdose can be less beneficial.
- Prior to a high-performance activity, such as a hike or a competition, you should reduce your regular workload of exercise to prevent any muscle injury before or during such events.
- During sports, injury prevention is important. Hence, use proper sports gear recommended for each sport, and follow the rules, so that you, as well as others, remain safe.
- Red muscles lose their ability to quickly produce ATP for quicker bursts and vital activities if not trained regularly, hence it is very important to do exercise on a regular basis to maintain your stamina and muscle strength.
- Rehab is the best thing when a sportsman gets injured. Moreover, during injury and pregnancy, avoiding exercises and tougher games is recommended, as these can result in collision and falling, which may pose a serious threat to your health.
- After recovering from fractures, muscle-specific exercises should be started after consulting with doctors.
- Similarly, women should start mild exercise post-childbirth after proper consultation with a physician.
- Control of obesity should not be alone taken care of by exercise. Besides burning fats with recommended exercises, dietary intake of saturated fats should also be considerably reduced.
In conclusion, sports are required during early childhood for the development of muscles and bones. Additionally, playing games produce several chemicals, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which control the mood and social behavior of humans. Moreover, sports are helpful for students to acquire better grades. Being a rigorous type of activity, playing games regularly, sharpens the minds, hence helps in quick decision-making. Furthermore, regular exercise improves strength, reflexes, balance, accuracy, precision, coordination, and endurance.
Getting involved in sports competitions improve the cognitive abilities and motor skills of humans, hence help them performing well in competitive environments and problem-solving. Light workouts, such as stretching and aerobics, are important for improving stamina. Production of several chemicals, such as cytokines and other factors takes place during exercise, which boosts human immunity against diseases.
Getting involved in physical activities and outdoor activities reduce the anxiety, tension, and depression, hence improve the passion and self-esteem of people. Although, sports are not recommended during injuries, yet people who had a habit of regular exercise recover faster from injuries. Moreover, women who regularly participate in sports and outdoor activities stay active during pregnancy and avoid problems like overweight and backache.
Governments can save considerable financial resources on hospitals and medicines by investing in sporting facilities, which will also boost the morale of people. Moreover, sports can improve the performance of red muscles and delay aging. Furthermore, playing games can prevent increasing BMI past dangerous limit. Finally, whilst success in sports is determined by physical fitness, physical fitness is essential for a successful life.