By Seemola Maboea
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 1 of VARSITY News.
The notion of participating in Res sports may seem quite absurd to you, it definitely did for me. Who has the time to participate in sports when we have so much to do as it is? However, there are many benefits to participating in Res sports, be it soccer, rowing or archery – they are all at your disposal.
So why should you participate in Res sports? Despite the appealing fact that they have no financial cost at all, they also have a long list of health benefits that are required to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
According to a study by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 27.8% of the youth aged between 18-25 are active members of a sport society. Not only is that number alarming, but it further validates the study conducted by David Rosenberg on why 1 in 5 University students suffer from depression and anxiety. Sports are proven to improve your health through stress relief, reduced risk of certain types of cancer, lower cholesterol, improved sleep, weight management and mental health to mention a few. On the other hand, you will be required to manage your time efficiently so that your school work does not suffer.
Furthermore, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, 86% of students who play sports obtain their degree and a selected few move on to compete professionally or at an Olympic level. Importantly, you don’t need to participate in sport competitively. Through sports you gain credible skills such as effective communication, leadership skills which will be attractive later when joining the workforce, and teamwork. Not only that, but it also creates relationships which may benefit you significantly in future.
The most important thing at the end of the day is that you enjoy yourself. Sport is a productive way of keeping yourself occupied and healthy. The decision is all yours. The ball is in your court.