The word SPORT stands for Sincerity, Punctuality, Obedience, Regularity and Tenacity. These are all essential qualities of a person to do well in life. The proverb runs—”All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The strain of work and the monotony of the daily routine tire our body and mind. It tells upon our nerves. The sports can refresh them and supply fresh vigour to our body and mind. Hence there is a Latin proverb—” mens sana in corpore sano”, that is ‘a sound mind in a sound body’. On the contrary, a diseased body makes a mind diseased. So sports or at least some physical exercise to acquire good health is most important in our life.
We must remember that wealth or education is of little use to a person of ill health. Hence, physical exercise is a must. But it varies according to age and sex of an individual. There are various kinds of sports and exercises like swimming, boating, running, jumping and games like football, cricket, hockey, tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball and gyms with the help of instruments etc. Everyone can select a sport of his own choice and take part in it. But it is important to know—what is necessary and good for a particular man or woman may not be suitable and even may be harmful to another. Over-exercise may also be harmful. In this respect advice of an expert in physical education is quite useful. So there are physical instructors in schools and colleges to guide the students as we know the choice depends on age, ability and opportunity for taking a particular physical exercise. However, we must note that time and space never stand in the way of all physical exercise. There are some indoor games requiring a little space. Walking and deep breathing are also good exercises. A few minutes and a small open space are enough for it. So none need stand aloof. We should keep in mind that nutrition, healthy habits and disciplined life are essential for physical fitness.
Sports have a great significance in our individual as well as in our collective life. It builds our body and gives us more energy in work. It gives us skill, discipline, sense of co-operation and team spirit. Some games call forth courage and presence of mind. Sports and games are joyful activities too. A true sportsman is frank, generous and free from petty spite. These are sportsman-like qualities. Of course, over-exercise is often more harmful than no exercise. However, we should keep in mind that regularity must be maintained in physical exercise as it is the mainspring for getting any benefit from any physical exercise.