Nowadays many of us dream about that ideal body we see on television and in sports and fashion magazines, as it has become somewhat of a coveted warranty for overall well-being and success in life. One of the ways of pursuing that paragon is through sports. But are the superficial benefits really everything sports have to offer us? I personally believe sports’ goal is building character rather than body alone.
First and foremost why I stand by my aforementioned viewpoint is the fact that sports help build commitment and discipline in an individual’s life. One will have to stick to routines and learn to sacrifice their leisure in order to attain their objective. Sports can and in most cases will imbue their devotees with a great deal of motivation.
In addition, taking part in sports events or being on a sports team helps you boost your intrapersonal coordination skills, as you learn to cooperate or be the leader. It also gives you an opportunity to meet new people, as well as to establish a good relationship with your teammates or even competitors.
Moreover, sports have a vast impact on a person’s character in terms of ‘healthy competitiveness’ and fair play. The way someone copes with loss after a match is truly an indicator of his or her morality.
Many people however do not see these inner benefits of sports. That is why they either emptily yearn for a carved physique or, unfortunately, end up engaging in – most of the time – illegal performance-enhancing drugs, which in my opinion deprive sports of their very essence. Sports are a competition, not a battle of life and death stemming from one’s pride and greed.
In conclusion, I believe that sports primarily shape one’s character, whereas the building of the body is just a material realization of an individual’s will and devotion.
That is why I would like to suggest anyone who does or is thinking of starting a physical activity to set their minds on the spiritual