Are Sports Actually Healthy?

This topic was raised a few years ago in regards to marathon running. At the time I thought this was a stupid question; of course sports are healthy, they keep you fit and are beneficial for overall well-being.

However, in the last few months I have questioned my earlier opinion. I have been involved in sports for over ten years and I love them, pretty much all of them, but for about the last five years I have struggled with remaining free of illness and injury. This was starting to drag down my morale as I could not nail down what was causing these regular illnesses. The intense training that I was being put through was breaking me down and when I got ill it took much longer than normal to rebuild itself. Eventually, after a long break from sport specific training, I came to the conclusion that it was the training that I was doing in order to compete in a sport that was increasing my chances of getting ill. For the last six or so months I have slowly transitioned from training specifically to compete in a sport over to training to remain healthy. Since this change I have been less ill and as a result have felt much better about myself.

Of course I am still able to push myself and enjoy the occasional competition of some description, but being able to remain healthy has now become the main goal. I will still be training for some specific events, such as the occasional charity run, but as I am no longer training for a specific sport I can mix up the exercises that I am doing – this will allow my body to stay on top of what I throw at it.

No doubt I will miss training for a specific sport, I may even change my mind again and go back to training for competition, but for now the priority is being healthy.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Goal Setting and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s