From the very ancient times man has been trying different ways to keep himself physically fit and have some pleasure so lots of outdoor games have been introduced over the centuries in order to not just maintain physical and mental health but also to provide entertainment for the audience. The various outdoor games have been part of every culture and society all over the world. Outdoor games in some of the societies hold so much value that they were played not just as games instead they were considered as a religious ritual. Games symbolize the struggles and power of man in the world. These games included toughness struggle and devotion by those playing it. Both men and women did exercise in order to stay stronger for the various tasks they had to do in their lives. The games played at Olympia in Greece were played as a sacred ritual. Losers were even scarified in the name of god. Men had to maintain the ideal physically fit body for the gods. They were played with so much enthusiasm that the losing side would consider itself to be less favorite of gods. The basic aim of this entire rigorous process of games was to have a perfect body that could adept to every game along with the perfect health. The bodies were supposed to have a combination of strength, beauty, length, and versatility. Few centuries’ earlier people were involved in a number of physical activities that would make them fit. However with the arrival of technology people have become more monotonous and lazy. Except for people whose profession requires exercise, average people spend their entire day in front of television, video games or laptops. People avoid daily exercises in order to save some time from their tough and busy lives.
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Outdoor sports are also avoided by adults as there is a misconception that they are more time taking and are more suitable for kids. Although outdoor sports do require time and practice but once they are included in daily routine it becomes easier. Children are more technology savvy today and avoid outdoor games. It would be much better if parents encourage their children for outdoor games instead of spending the entire day in front of electronic items.
Outdoor games teach us competitiveness, discipline, tolerance, enthusiasm and help us to cope with the failures in our lives. These games teach us sportsman spirit. While playing outdoor games we get exposure to sunlight and fresh air. And help us to maintain a healthy body and lessens our obesity which eventually protects us from many diseases. Exposing ourselves to outdoor games will help us free ourselves from tensions and worries of lives for some time and also help us reduce our stress. These outdoor games are vital for our physical growth and mental development. Outdoor games also help us interact with other people live instead of conversing with them via some social network. This makes us social and helps us understand other’s perspectives. While playing outdoor games we get a chance to meet with new people and befriend them. Outdoor activities help us get connected with nature which encourages curiosity and creativity in human beings and help us learn more about nature and appreciate nature.
All and all it could be said that in order to have a balance mental and physical health along with personality traits such as sportsman spirit, enthusiasm, leadership qualities people should focus on including the outdoor games in their daily routine.