Sports: Physical Fitness and Children

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SHOULD SPORTS AND GAMES ARE COMPULSORY FOR STUDENTS
Games are essential and a necessity for children. Physical exercise keeps the body fit and trim, thus ensuring healthy eating habits. If there are no games for children in school, they tend to get weary and bored of school routine, and studies become a drag. The love of sports developed in children will remain with them when they get older, and it is no hidden fact that sports especially in the older ages tones the muscles and lets you age gracefully. Introduction to sports at an early age develops teamwork, and sportsmanship in children. They believe themselves capable and worthy of excellence in this one field. It improves their focus, blood flow and freshens them and makes them fare better in their studies. A research showed that students partaking in sports were having better academic performance than the ones who were not exposed to physical games. Games also seemed to give a boost in character building and preparing the children for student leadership boards. The obesity graph for children and adults has been growing drastically since the past few years, which applies for an increase in school sports. Children do not realize the implications of exercise in older years. Parents need to develop an interest and understanding of the importance of games. The option of choice should be present at all costs. If the students are forced to take physical education period they may develop a repulsive dislike for games, and may never lurk near it. Outdoor games are recreational and they ensure that children are exposed to fresh air and exercise, which they might not get at home, the television and the computer dragging them away from any forms of physical workout. These games not only give physical education but they instill educational and social values in children. The children develop a coordination of eye and limbs, and they learn to coordinate with the time as well. As for social values the children learn to experience both victory and defeat, accepting them both as courses of life. They learn to be more social and outspoken, and to participate in all co-curricular activities. They learn to deal better with their fears, think more independently and become apt at disregarding little bruises and fusses. Hence, outdoor games and sports not only open a door to freedom of mind, but develop healthy children who promote to a healthy country. Sports should be encouraged in all schools and should be supported by all parents, because the children of today are the hopes of tomorrow.

There is no doubt that manly outdoor games, such as football, hockey and cricket, are very good for growing boys. They provide physical exercise, so necessary for health, in an interesting form. Moreover such games, by training boys to work together in a team, teach corporate discipline, and so promote what is called esprit de corps. All this will be agreed to by everyone. But the question is whether the playing of such games should be compulsory. Some argue that it should be voluntary. They say that most boys will join in the school games from choice. As for those who do not like games, why should they be made to play against their wish? Playing games under compulsion will do boys no good, and it may do harm to delicate boys. Besides, games often interfere with serious study. As a rule, the boys who shine on the playing fields do not shine in the class-room. A studious boy would rather give his time to getting on with his work. What can be said on the opposite side, in favour of making games compulsory? For one thing, it is often the delicate boys who most need healthy open-air exercise. Many a lad of poor general health would be all the better for more physical exercise. Such boys as cannot stand strenuous games could be given gentler exercise, or excused on medical certificate. As to naturally studious pupils, they certainly need all the outdoor exercise they can get. Continuous indoor study will...
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