Main Article on Fitness and Disabled Sports
Sports is the physical activity engaged in by human beings for leisure, exercise or competition. It can be played for fun, but also can involve some level of serious physical activity. People usually play sports when they become a kid, usually as part of a group, and continue to do so well into adulthood. Some sports are known as team sports and involve several members of a team who compete against other teams.
Sports are commonly defined as a physical activity that entails a level of competition, for instance netball or rugby. Some games and types of competitive athletics are now known as mind sports. A professional in any sport is generally known as an athlete.
Almost all people engage in some form of sports at some point in their life. Most people, boys and girls alike, play baseball, softball, football, basketball, skiing, ice hockey and tennis. All of these sports, when practiced regularly and seriously, can develop the skills required for physical fitness in the future. The problem is, most children and young people begin playing sports without considering the potential benefits of their game and its potential long-term impact on their body, mind and spirit. Little do they know how much they are doing to their body and mind through sports, and how it can lead to lifelong health and fitness.
Sports which are considered mind sports often involve the use of more than one skill. For example, gymnastics requires both coordination of the upper and lower body, along with strength and flexibility; hence, it develops many of the coordination, timing, and other physical skills which are required in everyday life. Hockey, in addition to developing physical strength and agility, is also known to be a mind sport because of the need to ‘think’ while playing the sport. As we all know, the competitiveness of professional sport athletes makes it almost impossible for players to take a day off from their sport and keep practicing and working.
Another example of a sport that develops multiple physical fitness components is swimming. People of all ages and physical conditions can enjoy this sport; however, because of the constant workouts involved, more people are finding it less appealing to continue playing. The good news, as mentioned above, is that there are now very effective and safe alternative to playing sports like swimming. These alternative water sports such as aqua aerobics and aerobic exercises, cycling, walking or jogging, are just as convenient and just as beneficial to your health and lifestyle as traditional sports are.
Finally, let us look at a topic which has become the subject of much debate in recent years: that of spectator sports. Can a spectator sport like archery develop serious long-term physical fitness? There have been many studies done on this topic, but the consensus seems to be that archery, while a great spectator sport, is not particularly beneficial for anyone who plays it. This, of course, is based on a small number of archers, but even if only a few archers make up the local archery club, they still must divide their time between shooting and exercising, both of which are much healthier options. The main article on this subject should be found at the website link below.