The Role of Sports & Athletics in Our Society
Sports and athletics are not a preserve of a single age group and neither are they for a particular gender. Women are nowadays as much involved as men, and so are kids and adults. Going a few blocks in your neighborhood you are sure to find people engaging themselves in a basketball or football game among other types of sports. The question is, do they have any relevance or they are simply games? The following looks at their importance in the society.
These games and activities are not starting today as ancient Greeks were known to have participated on some sports and athletics. They are therefore not anything new, may be just some small difference on the type of games we have now as compared to then. They can be a means of passing out time or rather commemorating a certain occasion. The winner may not necessarily get a reward for it but often the feeling of accomplishment and being unbeaten would be enough.
In today’s society the relevance of sports and athletics is evidently more than it was back then. The reasoning is rather obvious, there is a big difference in the society today and what it was then. One major thing that is destroying them in today’s society is the drug problem. It all begins with an idle mind and failure to engage it with positive things. By actively participating in the sports and athletics one will be fully engaged with positive things and leave no room or little room to such negative influence.
It is a rare thing if not impossible to find someone actively involved in sports and athletics but still suffer from things like obesity and its resulting health complications. Well going to the gym for frequent exercises may not always be an option for some of us. You may be playing basketball to pass time or just to have fun, but also keeping fit at the same time. The modern lifestyle needs one to frequently exercise if they are to live a healthy life. A few minutes of running, jumping, throwing or walking are enough to ensure one sweats out all the unhealthy junk they might have consumed.
Traditionally it was thought that the only way to a successful and prosperous life was by getting a good education, and a white collar job. There are many professional athletes that get paid top dollar to represent clubs or teams. They therefore provide a society with a means of getting an income, rather than depending on a white collar job or an education alone.
Evidently sports and athletics are things that we need to embrace as a society. Many of the problems that are a thorn to today’s society can actually be solved if the youth, women and men engage in sports activities from time to time.