You may not have a very good opinion of the athletes in your school. Perhaps you consider them cocky, or even bullies. Or, you might actually look up to them but feel you could never do what they do, since they often work and train very hard.
However, regardless of how some athletes behave, or your opinion of them, there still is a lot of value in playing sports, either at school or somewhere else.
So, even if you think you’re not a “sports” person, I believe you should re-think that position. Here are four reasons why teens should play sports, even if you don’t think you can be good at them.
The Social Benefits
You may not think about it, but playing sports has quite a few social benefits. It’s really hard to do a sport by yourself. Even more individual sports (like wrestling and tennis) are usually organized into teams. When you practice every day, play together, and go through the ups and downs of success and failure, you bond with others. You also learn how to work together yet compete. In short, it’s like life on a smaller scale.
If you are shy or have a hard time meeting people, then joining a team is an ideal way to instantly meet and bond with people.
In addition, sports are often highly valued by most of the population. So, by telling others you play a sport, you’re giving yourself more value in their eyes.
The Health And Appearance Benefits
Most people don’t get too motivated to simply “workout.” In fact, most of the teens I see at the gym do more socializing than exercising. However, most teens love at least one sport. So, being on a sports team is a way to get the benefits of exercise while also having a good time.
Not only that, but sports practices can be really tough. So, you could not only get some exercise but maybe even get in the best shape of your life.
And, being skinnier and fitter will typically make you more popular, because you’ll look better. It will most definitely increase the number of people who’ll be attracted to you. And, if you’re a guy, there’s a lot of scientific evidence that muscular guys get more dates.
Dates aside, the more physically attractive someone is, the more success they have in many areas of life, because people assume attractive people are good people. This is a phenomenon called “The Halo Effect.” So, being in shape will make you feel a ton better in many ways.
The Focus Benefits
Playing on a team can be really tough. It requires a level of focus and determination that a lot of non-athletes don’t even have. By playing sports you can learn and practice those important life skills.
I know many adults who’ve never developed any type of self-discipline and toughness. In most cases, they never played sports. When I first started playing football it kicked my butt. It was tough and I didn’t think I could do it. By the time the season was over, I realized I developed some serious mental and physical endurance.
They Make You Well-Rounded
A lot of teens think because they are artistic or musical (or anything else) they can’t play sports. It doesn’t fit their “image.” But, the reality is that there really are no rules around what you can and can’t do related to interests. Many actors, artists, and musicians also participated in athletics in high school. As an example, I played football, but also participated in the academic quiz team.
No one should sell out their interests to fit in with the athletes. However, adding an activity like playing football or volleyball will make you that much more well-rounded. And, the more well-rounded you can be, the more successful you’ll ultimately be in life.
So, if you don’t currently play sports, I’d recommend that you think about joining a team. There are many options both in school and out of school. What are you waiting for? Get playing!