A recent study revealed that around 75 percent of people played sports as children, but that number sharply decreased to around 25 percent once they became adults. Only around 20 percent of all adults exercise the recommended amount, according to another study. Lots of other studies have been done to see the many ways people benefit from participating in sports or exercise in general. Even though plenty of people do get exercise, there are many more people who are not reaping the benefits offered by sports. I’d like to highlight some ways sports affect other areas of your life, hopefully convincing more people there are plenty of merits in being active no matter how old you are.

Stay healthy

One of the biggest and most obvious benefits of sports and exercise is that they help you stay healthy and fit. Just around half an hour a day of regular activity can help with weight loss, tone muscles, and increase your mood. If you’re healthy, you have a lower risk for various diseases later on in life and will likely live longer. As a student, your life is fairly sedentary, so participating in sports is a great way to stay active.

Connect with others

If you’re on a team or even exercise with other people, it’s a fantastic way to connect with others and be united over a common interest. Even if you do not play a specific sport, simply being a fan helps unite you with other fans. Sports are a great way to meet new people and do something productive together. Having someone you can workout with is always a great idea!

Helps with college admissions

If you’re still in high school or are thinking of applying to colleges, playing a sport can often make you more likely to get accepted to the school. Colleges like to see applicants who are involved in a wide range of hobbies and have varied interests. Also, if you’re talented enough at the sport you play, you could receive a scholarship that helps you pay for college. Sometimes, these opportunities can lead to future jobs, either as a professional player or just working in the sports industry in some other capacity.

Manage stress

Sports help you manage stress, for a variety of reasons. First of all, regular exercise has been shown to decrease levels of stress. In addition, if you regularly compete in competitions, you eventually adjust to the adrenaline and stress of competing in a sport. You learn how to manage these feelings leading up to a game and also how to deal with the disappointment of a loss. Sports help you manage emotions and avoid becoming stuck ruminating over one issue.

Work as a team

Finally, in addition to helping you connect with other people, sports also teach participants how to work as a team. You spend a lot of time with others, working toward the same goals, so you need to move past any negative personal feelings and focus on what needs to be accomplished.