“I don’t have time.” I arrive very tired from work.” “My back hurts, or my knee, or whatever.” “I don’t have clothes or slippers.” “When I have a day off, I will do more sport to compensate”… And like these, many more excuses that I usually hear in the work room when someone proposes to practice sports at the end of the workday or on the weekend. And it is that working from dawn to dusk is no longer an excuse for not practicing sports.
We all know that the practice of sport is good for health. We talk about the need to play sports to improve our health and make our body work better. But what we do not usually fall into is the importance that sports practice has in other aspects of life such as work. Practicing sports entails a series of benefits that help improve our attitude before, during and after the workday.
It is not strange that we sometimes feel disgusted, apathetic and unwilling to face daily obligations. That is why it is necessary that we put letters in the matter and analyze the reasons that lead us to this. The lack of motivation and energy to face the day, together with the lack of sleep, is something that can be remedied with and thanks to sport.
Individual benefits of sports practice
Let’s see some of the benefits of regularly practicing some physical activity without needing, of course, to be a Rafa Nadal, a Mireia Belmonte, Messi or a Kilian Jornet.
- Physical health. The practice of a sport helps to significantly improve our physical fitness at all levels. Externally we offer a healthier and more stylized appearance, which gives us more self-esteem, which, when facing our position in any job, will come in handy, because we will be able to defend our position and thereby better perform our obligations by making us respect.
- Mental health. Internally, the benefits of sports practice are very surprising, as it will help us improve blood circulation as well as improve breathing. This fact will make our mind stay more lucid, due to the blood supply that our brain will receive and the amount of oxygen, which will improve cellular performance at all levels. This will make us much more awake and attentive at work.
- Tensions outside. Practicing sports is also a good way to improve our mood since its execution will help us eliminate tensions and end the stress produced in work environments. The feeling of relaxation that it gives us, together with the segregation of endorphins by our body will make us show ourselves with a better mood and a much better predisposition to the work activity that we have to perform daily.
- For rest. As far as rest is concerned, sport plays (worth the redundancy) an important asset, and is that its practice after work will help us go home more tired and ready to fall asleep much earlier and more deeply. This will have an impact on how we are more awake on a day-to-day basis and with the senses ready to process all the impulses that come from the outside. This situation directly affects our predisposition to work.
- More awake and willing. If, on the other hand, we practice sports at noon, during the lunch break, or before going to work, the activity will help us stay more active throughout the day, avoiding moments of slump or lack of attention at work. By staying more active we will achieve better overall results and better mood.
Benefits for companies
On the other hand, the benefits for companies of promoting regular sports practice among their workers are evident and tangible:
- Improves the health and quality of life of its workers
- Reduction of absenteeism from work and reduction of late arrivals to work
- Improvements in decision-making capacity
- Improvements in performance and productivity in the workday
- Improvements in worker relations
- Increased employee satisfaction and loyalty to the company
- Lower employee turnover
- Companies that sponsor a sport have a series of tax benefits, which is an extra help every year
- Companies can benefit if they collaborate with some sports teams. These sponsorships give them greater brand visibility, much more effective advertising and an attractive corporate image.
According to a study by the Higher Sports Council (CSD), only 6% of Spaniards who practice sports do so in their jobs. 68% do it on their own and 24% as an activity in a gym or sports club. However, more and more companies are organizing different activities related to sport outside the work environment, so that their workers put aside stress, fraternize with co-workers and improve their empathy with the company.
The attitude towards the need to “feel better and take care of myself a little more” begins with oneself. In my particular case, I have practiced all kinds of sports throughout my life with their consequent, and sometimes unpredictable, injuries. However, there is always a time and place to not stand still and feel good. And it gives so much that it is at 15, 25, 45 or 70 years. Get active.