Kate Nodwell is a public relations student at Humber College and a sports enthusiast.
Sports have the ability to change a person’s life but they have this nagging stereotype attached to them about the people who love them. When people think of a sports lover they think of someone who is an alcohol drinking, greasy food consuming, lazy lump on a couch. What people who don’t watch sports know is that sports have the power to provide health benefits, emotional support, social acceptance, good mental health, and better relationships. Here are my thoughts on why sports have these powers.
When you are watching your favourite team, everytime they score you’ll probably wind up jumping up and down with happiness, especially if you are at a game with tens of thousands of other screaming fans. That is cardio my friends! Their success can also give you motivation to workout. I know for me, that when I watch my teams of various sports, I get so excited when they are killing it that I usually wind up at the gym after the game because I’m on such an energy high. Pair that motivation with happiness from a win and it only pushes me harder at the gym. Not to mention, when I rock my team gear while working out, I have crazy good self-esteem! Happy mind, healthy body!
Another great thing about sports is that affection is very accepted within the sports loving community. Whether you are a female or male, when your team loses, gets kicked out of the playoffs or blows that huge game that would win them the whole series, you cry – and that is ok! In fact, you have many shoulders to cry on since everyone else who loves that team is crying with you. So let it out!
Sports also have some serious positive psychological effects on a person. Sports is a community! And because of this, it helps to prevent depression. How? Since it is a community, you are left with a sense of belonging to a group; you can never be lonely. It is something that connects you to an entire network of people around the world with a common interest. Even if your team is not playing that day, or if they are in their off season, you always have something to talk about; you are able to maintain a strong social network. It becomes a constant thing in your life. If things in life aren’t going your way or if you are just having a bad day, watching your team play, or even better win, can be enough to make everything all better; you get a feeling of success when they win.
It also has the ability to make you smarter by making your brain work. During a game, a fan is constantly analyzing and breaking down every move a player or coach makes. If doing a puzzle is healthy for the mind, then so is unraveling the puzzle that is a sports game. No two games are alike. You may try and guess what the result will be but you never really know what the outcome of a game will be. It is always a surprise, and who doesn’t love surprises?!
Time to talk relationship benefits! The benefits of being in a relationship with someone who loves sports are endless. (Ahem, me). Sports can bring people together, even in romantic relationships. If you have a female and male who are in a relationship and both love sports, then Sundays just became even more great! What better way to spend your lazy Sunday than watching football with the GF/BF and kicking it on the couch with a few beers and some chilli. Another benefit is dates. I know for me, my favourite kind of date is one spent at a hockey, baseball, basketball or football game. You not only get to have an awesome night cheering on your favourite team, but you get to do it while spending time with someone awesome.
So I ask, if you’re not a sports lover and have never even watched a game, won’t you give it a chance? If not, then at least ease up on that BF or GF of yours when they say they can’t hangout because they are watching sports. Technically it means that they are becoming smarter and more fit.