Be active - and stay healthy and happy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 November, 2011, 12:00am

I love playing sports, such as badminton, football and basketball. I find it very useful.

We face lots of pressure in our daily lives. To release that pressure, some of you may prefer to play computer games. As for me, I believe in the wonderful benefits of playing sports.

Not only does sport help us to stay healthy and fit, we can also make new friends through such activities. In addition, we can learn to co-operate with our teammates.

In team sports, we can develop our social skills as we train and play together. When I play football with my friends, for example, we share both our joys and sorrows, victories and defeats.

Sports like running and swimming can greatly improve our fitness and they are good for the heart. Exercise also boosts our strength and endurance.

In short, there are numerous advantages to sport.

Ng Wing-lun, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Wing-lun. We all hear about the importance of sport for our health. It helps us maintain a healthy weight, keeps our bones healthy as we get older, and decreases the risk of certain diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

As you say, it is also an excellent way to meet people, and make friends. Having a good social circle is very important, especially for teenagers, when they're facing all sorts of changes and new experiences.

But one benefit some people forget is that sport can keep you happy. Exercising makes the body produce endorphins, chemicals that help you feel peaceful and happy. It can also help you sleep better, so you wake up feeling properly rested.

Stop making excuses - get your trainers on and get active.

Karly, Deputy Editor