Enhance your personality with sports


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Enhance your personality with sports

Playing a sport not only keeps you physically fit but also goes a long way in keeping you stress-free and mentally strong. Here's how...

Playing a sport is undoubtedly a fun activity. But did you know that regular sporting activities not only take care of your physical fitness but also enhance your personality and help in maintaining your mental well-being? To top it all, it's also a great source of entertainment!

Benefits of sports
Research has shown that playing badminton, tennis, cricket or baseball is said to improve mathematical skills in children. It helps develop leadership qualities too and foster a sense of team spirit. Sports inculcates a sense of competition and helps you deal with success and failure with a positive spirit. Playing helps in the development of social skills. It teaches you to interact with people, communicate with them and collaborate as a team. It fosters collective thinking and harnesses your planning and delegation skills too.

Says Rayomand Banajee, India's 8 time national racing champion, "Sports help channelise one's energy into something constructive. They help develop one's personality thanks to the numerous 'similar to life' situations that one experiences. This gives a major confidence boost to your personality as well."

How sports affects your psychology
Sports requires discipline, assertiveness and the ability to work as a team and a willingness to compete without fear of failure. These positive characteristic traits help you at your workplace, as well as in your interpersonal relationships.

Says Dr Shree Advani, sports psychologist, "Playing any kind of sport brings out the leader in you. You learn to handle pressure and perform under any given circumstances. Sports makes you dig deep into the innermost reserves of your resources to pull out extraordinary performances when needed. It also facilitates an inward journey of self-discovery."

Teamwork and inspiration
One of the main aspects of playing some sort of sport is that it helps you perform better at your workplace; especially if you are required to work with a group of people.

Improves self-esteem and builds confidence
Perhaps, the most important qualities sports inculcate in you are self-esteem and confidence. You learn to take success and failure in the right spirit. Commenting on the kind of pressure she has to face, to win the Olympics, badminton champion Saina Nehwal says in an interview, "People expect me to win. They want me to do well but finally on the court, I am playing. So I want to play for myself first, and then think of others." Her attitude shows that she has trained herself to be strong and only focus on the game.

Provides relief from stress
When you are bogged down with work etc, playing some sort of sport helps you stay stress-free and happy. Neurotransmitters present in your brain cells are stimulated when you exercise and it is believed that these transmitters meditate your moods and emotions and help you feel better and less stressed out.

Improves concentration and time management skills
Says Advani, "Those who are into sports, learn to manage time efficiently. You start valuing the importance of time more in your life." Sports helps you prepare, schedule, and prioritise your deadlines well and this builds your time management skills.

Playing a sport involves directed thinking. You need to focus on the game and not divert your attention anywhere. This quality is also important in your personal life.
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