More and more teenagers are wasting the opportunity to play sports, and that’s not good!

If you are a pre-teen or teen who hasn’t played any sport yet, now is the perfect time to give it a try. Besides the enjoyment of playing, there are some other good reasons to take part in a sport.

1. Playing sports helps you become healthier.

Sports require you to move your body, and it is commonly known that exercise is good for your health. Physical activity combats health conditions and diseases, helps control weight, boosts energy, improves mood, and promotes better sleep, according to the Mayo Clinic. The health advantages of playing a sport far outweigh the dangers of actual injury.

2. Playing sports makes you smarter.

Many studies show that playing sports can actually boost our brainpower. A report from the Institute of Medicine emphasized that children who are more active have faster cognitive processing speed, show greater attention, and perform better on standardized academic tests than those who are less active.

It is not too surprising to know that fact since playing sports or physical activities increases blood flow to the brain, which is known to stimulate brain growth. In addition, playing a sport actually requires you to think on your feet and strategize as well as keep your mind sharp and alert.

3. Playing sports teaches you teamwork and sportsmanship.

In sports, individuals learn to rely on each other and motivate each other to accomplish a common goal. Although individual sports are great, team sports actually teaches you a life lesson: the success of a team depends on how well the members work together. Not even the star one can win the game alone.

Playing sports also teaches you to play fairly and respect the other players on the opposing team. Cheating, fighting, and gloating do not belong to sports. Playing sports teaches you to try your best and exhibit honorable behavior whether you win or lose a game.