Why are sports important and how do they influence you? 

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Sports are important because they help in enhancing one's mental and physical growth. In this regard, sports eliminates bad habits that often result in detrimental health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and joint pain among other ailments. By engaging in sports an individual is thus able to maintain a high level of physical fitness and see improvement in their mental acuity.

Team sports are important because they develop character with regards to leadership, communication, discipline and team work. Development of these traits is beneficial to individuals as they can apply the same traits in different aspects of life. One gets to understand how to interact with different people exhibiting different or similar character traits. Engaging in sports also helps in building one's confidence, especially when engaging in competitive sports.

Sports have been linked to the development of a healthy lifestyle and the enhancement of an individual's general well being. It influences people’s lifestyles and motivates them to engage in physical exercises as a form of sport. It further influences your social skills and improves your ability to communicate with different people regardless of the differences that may exist.