A physical journey towards reaching a goal.

Gymnastics – An artistic journey in the air.

Gymnasts first run and then take off in the air doing physical exercises.  They perform his/her artistic exercises with flexibility using vaults and bars right from the start of the point of take off until they land on the ground.  It is about how well you perform during the flight.

Benefits of Gymnastics

Flexibility is a primary factor in gymnastics.  It helps maintain a greater control over the body; it can help maintain a healthy body, which is key to preventing numerous health conditions such as asthma, cancer, obesity, heart disease and diabetes; strong and healthy bones; increased cognitive functioning – it is beneficial for improving concentration and mental focus; increased coordination; strength development – gymnastics produces the best athletes in the world, using almost exclusively body weight exercises to build upper body, lower body, and core strength.

Running – A competitive journey between humans and time.

In pursuit of the finish line, the athletes run with all their focus on one point which is to move swiftly.  I think this is in competition with time and not other athletes.  The winner is the one who finishes within the least amount of time than the others.


Benefits of Running

It helps to build strong bones, as it is a weight-bearing exercise; strengthen muscles, improve cardiovascular fitness, burn plenty of kilojoules, and help maintain a healthy weight.

Wrestling – A martial art performance in the journey of getting to a dominant position.

It is a physical competitive journey of two persons who try to gain and maintain a superior position.

Benefits of Wrestling

Some of the skills one can acquire from wrestling include self-reliance, self-confidence and self-discipline.  The constant pushing and pulling motions work the entire upper body, and since many motions are in a squatted position, the legs get worked as well.  Wrestling also requires a great deal of core strength for balance and short explosive movements when trying to secure a takedown and a great deal of flexibility when fighting off an opponent’s takedown and turn attempts.  A wrestling match is six minutes of non-stop action, so a wrestler needs to be in excellent cardiovascular shape.  During a practice and in matches, wrestlers use all of the major muscle groups in the body making wrestling a great way to get physically fit.  The more a person wrestles the more they develop both functional strength and cardiovascular endurance.  Lung capacity will also greatly increase due to having to make so many short explosive movements and being in high intensity, non-stop action for six straight minutes.  One six-minute match of wrestling is said to burn around 400 calories.

Badminton / Tennis – A journey of a shuttlecock / ball in the air between two contenders’ racquet.

Two players hit the shuttlecock with their racquets between them with a goal of not dropping on the ground or the net, within their half of the court which is divided by a net.  In the process, the players move across the court to maintain their goal.

Benefits of Badminton/Tennis

Physical fitness:  Between the running, lunging, diving and ball hitting, playing badminton burns fat at approximately 450 calories per hour.  This kind of cardiovascular workout can help keep us in tip-top shape, especially if we’re looking for a good alternative cross-training exercise.

Develops athleticism:  The fast-paced nature of the game increases our speed and improves reflexes.  Intelligence is also a factor since players must know how to deceive their opponents in every shot.

Increased muscle tone:  Playing badminton builds and tones the quads, glutes, calves and hamstrings.  In addition, the core muscles, arm and back muscles get a workout as well.

Psychological benefits:  Because badminton promotes physical fitness, it helps to reduce stress and anxiety.  Exercise increases endorphins, which are the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, and has also been found to improve mood and sleep.

Social health:  We’ll need at least one opponent, but we can also play with a teammate and two other opponents.  The social interactions of a game will result in positive feelings after a session on the court.  Joining a league can also help us become part of a community.

Good for overall health:  As with all forms of physical exercise, badminton can reduce or eliminate risk of many health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.  It can also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by reducing triglyceride levels and increasing good cholesterol.

Flexibility and muscle strength:  The more we move, the more flexible we become, especially in a sport like badminton where swinging and reaching are required.  In addition to improving flexibility, players also gain muscle strength and endurance.

Mobility:  As we age, mobility becomes limited, but staying active can help prevent these problems.  Keeping mobile lubricates the joints, preventing arthritis and similar conditions from developing.

Weight loss:  Badminton can also help with weight control because of its fat-burning and metabolism boosting qualities.  Combined with proper diet, optimal weight loss may be achieved.

Decrease diabetes:  It can decrease the production of sugar by the liver and therefore can decrease fasting blood sugar.  In fact, one study from the Diabetes Prevention Program found that exercise decreased the incidence of developing diabetes by 58% even better than medication.

Hockey / Football / Basketball – A journey of a ball among the players before reaching the goal net.

Two teams consisting of 11 players attempt to hit the ball with their foot in football (hit the travelling basketball with hands) and a stick in hockey into the net of the opposite side.

Benefits of Hockey/Football/Basketball

Helps burn fat and calories:  The fast pace of the game requires short bursts of energy that help burn a huge number of calories.  Each player burns about 0.061 calories per pound, per minute.  This amounts to a huge loss of body weight in the long run.

Develops the cardiovascular system of the body:  The energy and muscular strength required in hockey help in the development of cardiovascular system, which supplies the muscles with oxygen.  Pumping of sufficient quantities of oxygen helps to improve the breathing and cellular activity.

Metabolism boosting:  Because of the start-stop nature of the game, where fast skating is broken up by periods of rest, you may get to enjoy even greater cardio benefits.  This pattern mimics high intensity interval training, which can burn more calories and boost your metabolism.

Is a full body workout:  Playing hockey is an excellent way of developing the leg muscles, such as the hamstrings, calves and hip flexor muscles.  It also aids in developing the endurance of triceps, forearms and shoulder muscles.

Enhanced muscular strength:  The enhanced muscular strength gained from hockey can reduce the risk of injury, improve bone strength, strengthen connective tissues and increase muscle mass.  All of these contribute positively to a healthier, stronger body that is less prone to injury and has improved overall function.

Develops hand-eye coordination:  Playing hockey involves the coordination between the hands and the eyes.  It also improves the spontaneous responses and reactions of the players during the game. Practicing this game aids in developing coordination abilities, improves hand-eye reflexes and improves agility.

Improved body coordination and balance:  In ice hockey, players must pass and receive pucks that are traveling quickly across the ice, and field hockey players must do the same with a ball.  In either version, players must react quickly in order to accurately respond to or make a play.  Developing these skills can lead to improved overall balance and agility, and hand-eye coordination is also positively affected.

Develops the spirit of team work:  Playing with a team of 11 people develops a sense of teamwork as everyone works towards successful achievement of goals and victory.

Improves communication:  Playing hockey involves the communication of messages through eyes and gestures.  Being able to effectively communicate with a teammate in the middle of a fast play not only leads to success on the ice, but it also leads to the overall improvement in the communication skills of the players.

Brain boost:  Exercise itself can improve your mood because of the endorphins that are released, easing feelings of depression, stress and anxiety.  As a form of exercise, hockey provides this benefit, but there’s an added brain boost that comes with the sport as well.  Hockey demands good decision-making, and honing these skills on the ice or field can also be transferred to everyday life.

Cricket – Two different strategic journeys of the ball after getting bowled by the bowler and after getting hit by the batsmen.

Two teams consisting of 11 players attempt to get runs by hitting the ball as far as they can so that they could run between the wickets to score runs.  The highest run-scoring team at the end of a certain number of overs (1 over – a bowler bowls the ball six times) win the match.

Benefits of Cricket

Increased Stamina and Endurance:  The constant running across the field helps increase stamina.

Balance:  Balance is also something one can improve through this sport because of the utmost concentration required while playing it.

Flexibility:  Learning to move freely is something that comes with practice in cricket, thus improving on flexibility of an individual.

Coordination:  When catching or throwing the ball, a cricket player improves hand-eye coordination.

Cardio:  Cricket includes a lot of throwing and sprinting across the field, which is a great cardiovascular activity.

Improved Motor Skills:  Bowling, batting and catching the ball require gross motor skills.  These are such activities that make the large body muscles to work.

Social Skills:  It’s a great way to interact with people and is also a great way to learn to cope with winning or losing.  Cricket matches can last several hours, and within that time one must work with the team in a cooperative manner to develop and initiate game strategies and win the match.

Muscle Toning:  Like any other sport, cricket also helps with gaining and toning the muscles.

Physical Fitness:  All the sprinting and bowling requires the player to be constantly up and running, which increases his/her physical activity level.

In all sports be it the Olympics or a local tournament, not only the physical body, but also or even more, the mind evolve in the journey of facing and overcoming such challenging situations; creating a new you, irrespective of whether you win or not.  This is what everybody needs to lead a blissful life filled with excitement and fulfillment.

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