Have you ever noticed the expectations spectators hold for their favorite athletes? You expect that star quarterback to be attractive, good-natured, and have a sportsmanlike attitude. Not to mention, they must weigh a certain amount, perform well and avoid injury throughout the season. While it is “just a game,” many hold athletes to a much higher level of expectation than ordinary people.
It is understandable to be upset when your star athletes fall short, but that doesn’t make any of the above goals less admirable or worthy of pursuit. Athletes learn many skills throughout their training that can carry over to all aspects of their lives. By choosing to pursue athleticism, either professionally or recreationally, you can impact your life for the better.
Improve Your Physical Health
The health benefits of athletic pursuits are nearly too numerous to count. By getting your body in better shape and leaving your sedentary lifestyle behind, you can save yourself from many diseases and health risks. With obesity becoming a top cause of illness and death in the United States, this attribute is worth getting out on the field in itself.
Create Better Mental Health
It is not simply your physical health that will notice a change from exercising regularly; your mental health can also be improved and strengthened with exercise. Through regular exercise, you will enjoy greater energy, better sleep and longer life expectancy.
Sleeping better can help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent you from becoming susceptible to certain illnesses and ailments. Approximately 35% of Americans are believed to be sleep-deficient, getting fewer than 7 hours per night, which leads to health problems such as heart disease, depression, kidney disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
In your professional and personal life, greater mental health can never be taken for granted. By exercising and becoming more athletic, you may notice greater mental acuity, boosted moods and a deeper well of emotional stability. This means fewer instances of forgetfulness, depression or emotional outbursts of anger or sadnes
One of the greatest attributes of an athletic lifestyle is that sports should help build your character. No doubt, there are plenty of athletes who allow their fame to create egos too big to handle losses; but overall, sports are activities that teach you to lose well.
This building of character can carry over into many other elements of your everyday life. You can learn to handle disappointment, whether in your career or personal life, better; learn to persevere through that disappointment; and even have the diligence to set new goals. Character is what creates sportsmanlike attitudes that allow you to congratulate someone else on a promotion or new baby, even if you wanted it for yourself.