Different Sports and Their Importance
Sports (or sporting activities) is any forms of generally strenuous physical activity that, through organised or casual participation, aim to employ, maintain or develop specific physical capabilities and skills while also providing entertainment for participants, and sometimes, spectators, who take part in these activities. There are many different types of sports, the most common sports being: indoor & outdoor sports, contact sports such as contact field/gym, rugby, basketball, soccer, tennis and other such exercises/baseball/rugby; swimming; and weightlifting. A wide variety of equipment is used during these activities. Some equipment may be expensive, while others may not necessarily be required.
Football is the most popular sport in the United Kingdom, with almost one quarter of the population saying they follow the game, either professionally or casually. Football is an extremely popular sport, with many clubs and individual players forming teams, often travelling from area to area, in order to engage in the sport. The game can be a contact sport, with players using ‘body’ parts, including elbows, knees, feet, head, shoulders, forearms, etc, in their efforts to ‘punch’ the ball into the goal. Alternatively, football is an exercise sport, requiring aerobic and strength-based cardio, speed and balance techniques, often utilising the legs, as well as muscles and joints.
Another popular form of sports are non-physical sports, such as swimming, diving, athletics and climbing. These sports require various forms of personal fitness and may not necessarily require the participant to engage in high-impact aerobics or muscle-burning exercises. As diving, for example, involves the use of lungs and heart, it is important that these are fit and healthy. Diving can be very dangerous, particularly when professionals are not involved and when safety measures are not taken to ensure fair competition among divers from around the world. Similarly, while participating in athletics, it is important to ensure fair play, by being fit and performing the movements safely.