I think we can all safely agree that physical activity is very important and an essential part of our development. Perhaps some people might disagree with me, but allow me to elaborate. Practising a sport or doing any kind of physical activity has been proven time and time again to help your body grow healthier and lower your stress levels. And who are those who usually experience a lot of stress and anxiety? Students of course! With all the homework, preparation for tests and exams, it is pretty clear that we tend to go through many hard times. But how does sport tie into all of this?
Why is sports important for students?
Most of us associate athletics with being fit and thin, but that is not always the case. After all, you could practise sport regardless of weight or age. Sports not only helps you feel better and healthier, it also gives you a certain amount of motivation, something that students desperately need now. A motivation to keep learning and going, a motivation to improve and get better. The positive mindset physical activity promotes greatly helps students who are trying their hardest to pull through. This is one of the reasons why IB students are absolutely required to practise some sort of physical activity, as the IB program believes students should be fit, healthy and have an easier time learning.
Should students be the only ones to make an effort?
Of course, the need for practising a sport or any type of physical activity does not only to apply to students; teachers and parents are also encouraged to do the same. In fact, many teachers at ISB find sport beneficial to their well-being. Teachers, like all of us, need a positive mind-set to keep working, as trying to teach little kids or teens can be a challenging task. Same applies for parents.
So what is our take-away?
Physical activity shouldn’t be perceived as something you HAVE to do to stay ‘’fit’’. Sports are simply a gateway to being a happier and more complete person as long as we do it in a healthy manner and treat it as a fun and relaxing hobby. So what are you waiting for? Get outside, start moving, stretch! We can all make a contribution!
By: Ezdehar Rabi