When some people hear the word “sport”, they become overwhelmed with a sense of neglect, and immediately refrain from the use of the word both physically and mentally.
Not only does sport enhance your physical well-being but it also drastically improves your mental health. Whether you’re a couch potato or a gym rat with no intention of playing sports, I hope these 5 reasons will persuade you in motivating you to join one of the many clubs on offer here in UCC.
- Keep In Shape
Of course, the main reason for playing sports is to get fit, lose weight etc. I believe that joining a club in UCC will make exercising seem fun and exciting, not something so mundane and difficult. If you want to join any club in UCC just to keep fit, then that’s perfectly fine, these clubs will be happy to accommodate you. As a member of the Athletics club myself, I know first-hand the number of people that are there to lose weight or keep fit. Don’t be intimidated, there will be many people there that are in the same boat as you.
- To Make Friends and Socialise
Upon joining the club(s) of your choosing, you will immediately find that you have a lot in common with the other people in the club. Having similar interests to someone will always lead to continuously-flowing conversations; everyone hates them awkward silences, and communication is essential in being a member of a club. Exposing yourself to an environment where communication is key will pay-off big time in the future, as your conversational skills & ability to play a role in a team or as a leader could come in handy.
- To Build Self-Esteem and Confidence
Being a member of a club will almost always make you feel good about yourself. You immediately become proud of yourself for getting up and doing something, and when you do something right or good within the club, the respect earned from your teammates or coaches is huge. For me, and for probably a lot of other people too, there is no greater feeling than this. On the other hand, constructive criticism is extremely beneficial: not everything you do will be right, and you’ll become a better motivated person as you learn from your mistakes and apply them to your everyday life.
- To Experience Academic Success
Studies from across the pond in America have shown that competing in any sport can lead to an improved standard of education. And when you think about it, it makes complete sense; sport is known to give you more energy throughout the day, helps you to think clearer and to be more creative. It also sharpens focus, enhances your mood and can even improve your memory. An absolute no brainer in my opinion.
- It Could Go Somewhere
How do you know if you’re any good at something if you’ve never tried it? College is the place to try new things, and you never know: maybe you could be one of the best in the world at something, and you don’t even know it; just imagine, you could even be the next Lionel Messi or Katie Taylor at your sport of choice.
Approach everything you do in college with a positive frame of mind– whether it’s playing sports or doing your exams – and I guarantee you will reap the benefits.