CHRIS McCANDLESS
Portland, OR

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THE BOUNTIFUL BENEFITS OF SPORTS

By on August 14, 2017

A lot of people think that to play or join sports, you need some natural ability that can’t be learned. It’s as if all the great sports superstars were born great. Contrary to that belief, one’s skill in a game can actually be developed. While an innate athleticism will definitely help, it’s not necessary to be able to play well. Practice and dedication are the most important.

If you’re still unconvinced to play, you should know that there are plenty of benefits when you play sports. Some of them might even surprise you. The point is there is a lot of good things that you can get when you play for both your mind and your body. They might even surprise you.

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Get a Better Body

The most obvious benefit is definitely for your body. The exercise you get here will is great for your heart and other muscles. Some people even prefer playing sports to the gym as it’s a more competitive and fun way to get their dose of sweat. Just make sure to do your warm up exercises before you do. You don’t want your muscles to cramp up while playing.

Teamwork and Cooperation are Learned

The skills of teamwork and cooperation are strengthened when you play group sports. Popular games like football, basketball, and soccer require you to learn how to play well with others. These are skills you need outside the game itself. People who excel in these sports usually know how to work well with others in a school setting or even the office place.

The Smarter Sports Star

You’re probably thinking that people who play sports usually lag behind in academics. This is because popular TV shows and movies depict them as the dumb jock who usually bullies the nerds. But, playing sports can actually help you get smarter. One reason is the blood pumping through your brain make it healthier. Another reason is skills like memorization and repetition are acquired when you play certain sports. Just like teamwork and cooperation, these skills are just as helpful in the classroom.

Aside from the physical benefits, there are a lot of social and life skills that you can get when you play a team sport. When you find one you truly love, you’ll quickly see how you’re getting more benefits than what you originally anticipated. It’s a good reason to unplug from playing NBA 2K18 locker on the PS4 and try the real thing.

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