SPORT AS A LIFESTYLE
Why is it so important to practice a sport in your life?
Well, certainly for two main reasons: to achieve physical and mental well-being of the body. thus fortifying the musculoskeletal system and for brain development that favors socialization especially in boys.
A physically active lifestyle is comparable to the fountain of youth: it is in fact one of the secrets to living longer, healthier and happier.
Physical activity helps to control stress and gives a state of general well-being, and is also essential for achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight and for reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
The importance of movement
Surely there are many advantages that derive, on the physical level, from sport and movement. Sports activity helps prevent OBESITY, improves the functioning of the metabolism and reduces sedentary lifestyle, which is now also typical of children and adolescents between homework, lessons, abuse of tablets, PCs and smartphones.
Practicing a sport regularly also allows you to acquire a series of physical skills such as strength, endurance, balance, coordination, orientation and speed. It allows you to get more in touch with your own body and this proves, from an early age, essential for a healthy and harmonious development.
The importance of the group and experimentation
Sport promotes socialization: children and young people can establish new bonds and friendships outside of school, learning to be together with others and collaborate to achieve common goals.
Through sports activities, then, one increasingly experiences one's autonomy and this, if sports are chosen following real desires and skills, can contribute to strengthening self-esteem.
Here are the healthiest types of physical activity:
Aerobic activities: stimulate the cardiorespiratory system by improving its functionality, by increasing respiration and heart rhythm, and improve the metabolism of fats and sugars. These are common activities, such as brisk walking, swimming, cycling, and jogging.
Endurance, weight lifting and muscle strengthening activities: they help to increase and maintain muscle and bone mass by making them work against gravity, such as carrying a child, lifting weights, walking.
Activities that stimulate balance and stretching: improve postural stability and muscle-tendon and joint elasticity, reducing the risk of accidental trauma, such as stretching, t'ai chi, yoga, dance and martial arts.