Group and Team Activities – Lifelong Physical ActivityOn August 14, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Physical activity can include a range of endeavourssuch as jogging, walking, cycling, dancing, skateboarding, aerobics –even household chores, like vacuuming and gardening.Many also choose to become involvedin an organised group or team activity.It’s very good for their social development, learning to work with other people. It’s not just for sport, it’s for life. When I was at school, I’d play all the regular, you know, PE activities such as football and cricket, rugby – those sort of things. I kind of dropped off playing so much competitive team sports as I got older and just sort of stuck with the solo sports.In team sports,participants don’t have to rely solely on self-motivation.If you’re playing for a team, then you have that obligation to be there at training, to be there for the matches and you’ve just got that extra little stimulus to make sure that you do get off the couch and go out there and do something, and by having a coach and by having team-mates, it really facilitates the learning curve.Teamwork is critical in many sports.In rowing, for example,crews aim for perfect unison to achieve maximum speed.I think what’s important to remember in functioning in any team is that every individual is still important and still contributes something to the team, and that’s something that we really work towards in rowing.Popular group activities today includeaerobics, yoga and martial arts.Yeah, so, my dad is 58 and he still plays soccer, still kicks the ball around and keeps healthy by doing that, yeah. I think playing a team sport or a team activity is absolutely fantastic. When I was young, my mum always insisted that I could do an individual sport but always to keep up a team sport, and I’m really glad I did because I think that camaraderie is something quite special.Unfortunately, there are timeswhen the primary purpose of team sports is forgotten.Sometimes there’s favouritism, kids are not given opportunities. Instead of just developing the skills of the sport, people are more worried about winning and lose perspective of what sport was all about as a pastime and a relaxation.Other drawbacks to organised activities can includethe cost of membership fees, equipment and uniform purchasesand regular travel,especially for people in rural or remote areas.On the whole, though,group or team activities bring a whole rangeof physical, mental and social benefitsto communities throughout the globe.