The sport is much more than a healthy practice: it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that everyone, absolutely everyone should imitate. Why? Because it is not only about having exceptional physical strength or spending hours and hours in the gym: sport is much more.
Look at, for example, the Rafael Nadal training program: this is not only to make us shine in such a complete sport like tennis, but also to get the capabilities outside the field that make famouswho is probably our most successful athlete. What values make sport practice importantnot only in the field?
Healthy competition and winning attitude
Wanting to be the number one at all times is not something negative: competitiveness makes us better, but we must be careful that this desire to be the best does not involve “trampling” on the contrary.
We have to compete not against rival, against ourselves to be better every day and consideringour capabilities and our ambition aslimits to overcome … and above all showing respect for the opponent in and out of sports practice.
Positive and philosophical attitude
Sport is body and mind: we must not limit or restrictexercise to achieving a “nice body”. The philosophy of the sport is not something as banal as these aesthetic considerations: if we limit ourselves to this premise, we are not justtorturing ourselves physically, but mentally too.
We must face the sport as a challenge that aligns our thoughts with our movements and lets flow the energies that allow us to obtain benefits beyond musculature, but above all, face the sport as a healing exercise that allows us to disconnect and get the best of ourselves, not as something that involves an effort.
Overcoming adversity is one of the things that make us stronger. Each time weovercome a challenge, we get a sense that nothing can stop us and that is a fact that we can transferto all aspects of our daily lives.
Like weight training enables us to have more vitality and, outside the gym, to gain weight without problems, overcoming adversities in sport should be usefulto, even outside the gym, provide us the ability to face challenges in other areas outside the sports and overcoming problems smoothly.
When you have to stop a penalty kick, when you have to collect a rebound in basketball, when you have to respond to a powerful serve in tennis … you are acquiring a physical agility that you can transfer to the mental field.
In all those momentsyou’re making decisions in a short period of time: one second can mean losing a game. Thinkingunder pressure, knowing when to make a pause and decidingwhen to play and make quick decisions when it is necessary are even more useful qualities outside the sport than inside, especially in such a fast life as the one we live today.
Ultimately we all know how important it is that of “healthy mind in a healthy body”, but we should not limit to make efforts to unwind and feel good mentally, but also to train the mind through our body. Therein lays the greatness of the sport and what it makesimportant to practice it, without taking into account your physical condition.