Sports is a way to stay healthy and keep fit. Studies have shown that exercise increases blood flow to the brain. It helps the body build more connections between nerves, leading to increased concentration, enhanced memory, and stimulated creativity.
It also leads to better-developed problem-solving skills and mental health. Participating in sports helps your brain grow and makes it work better. The benefits of sports to international students are thus:
1. Reduces the risk of Obesity
The more active a person is, the more calories the person will burn. Fitness helps in preventing fat to be accumulated in the body and reduces the risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases. This is one of the major benefits of sports to international students.
2. Increases your IQ
Not only is sport a smart thing to do, but it can also make you smarter. Studies have found convincing links between cardiovascular health and IQ test scores. Interestingly, the IQ test results of some students improved significantly after their cardiovascular fitness. It equally improves brain function, enhances memory and thinking skills and stimulates the growth and health of brain cells.
Sports provides excellent opportunities for students to learn teamwork. They learn that the team cannot win unless they all work together and play to each other’s strengths. They also learn how to become less selfish, collaborate and not let ego get the best of them. Working together is an important trait in all facets of life especially beyond the four walls of school.
4. Helps prevent Cancer
Research shows that regular fitness activities lower the incidence of cancer especially cancers of the colon, prostate, uterine and breast. Furthermore, physical exertion improves sleep quality and duration. It also reduces the risk of developing sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia and restless leg syndrome.
5. Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
Several studies suggest playing sports develops a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem. Words of praise and encouragement from the coach, parents and other players really boost a child’s confidence and raise their self-esteem. An important thing to remember is that a child’s self-esteem should not be distinguished by victory or loss. Constructive criticism is key to students accepting and working on their weaknesses. Beyond the pitch, a motivated student is more likely to do well in class.
6. Leadership Skills
Sports teaches students leadership in practical ways. Holding a position of authority like being a captain teaches students how to become good leaders. They learn how to relate with other teammates, manage team emotions, inspire their team, etc. These skills come in handy outside the pitch or court making them good leaders that others want to follow.
7. Social skills
Sports brings people together thus sports students have many friends. When playing in other schools, they get a chance to interact with new people. It also gives students a chance to go to foreign countries where they can learn foreign languages. This helps to build a sense of belonging. The social and communication skills developed later helps a student in future career and relationships. Furthermore, sports students are usually not victims of tribalism and other discrimination because they appreciate the presence of everyone in their life.
Every sport requires some mental, physical and tactical discipline. Following rules, obeying the coach, practising restraint, etc. are all forms of discipline students learn through sports. Coaches also educate students on the negative impacts of drugs in their sports life. With discipline, a student can reach his or her goals. Time management skills are also learned in sports. Similarly, raining on a tight schedule teaches students how to work under pressure in later life. This is a valuable skill, especially in the workplace.