'A sound mind in a sound body' goes the saying. Keeping fit bodily is very essential. One of the objects of sports is, of course, bodily exercise.
The health of the body is essential for success in life. An unhealthy man is always sad, gloomy and loses confidence in himself. To keep healthy, one must take an active part in sports. Thus sports ensure good health and build a fine physique. If one is bodily fit, one feels capable of hard endeavour and life without endeavour is useless.
The great advantage of sports is that they combine exercise with thrill, excitement and sensation. In order that we should readily take exercise, it should be made interesting and, as everybody knows, practically all kinds of games devised by man possess a certain degree of interest Hockey, football, cricket, tennis, badminton, rowing, swimming-all these and others not only give exercise to the limbs but also provide a good deal of excitement and entertainment.
Besides, the competitive element in sports is a source of thrills for the mind. Not only the players, but the spectators feel engrossed in a game because of its suspense and unexpected turns. It is for these reasons that sports form a very important part in education.
Not only has this, sports affected the mind also. Almost every game requires a certain degree of skill to play. Skill is a mental quality. Physical vigour alone is not enough in games like golf, cricket and tennis. Certain dexterity is also needed.
Sports also allow one to utilise his leisure. All work and no play make a person dull. Sports are an interesting and entertaining pastime. Most of the games are quite inexpensive too.
There are also other considerations which place sports in an important place in life. It is usually by taking part in sports that we cultivate what is called the spirit of sportsmanship. This spirit of sportsmanship is an excellent quality in a man and consists of fair play, sense of...