A healthy mind can only be found in a healthy body. In a weak body there can be no healthy and active mind. And for a healthy body, physical exercise is essential. Without physical exercise, our body will become weak, lethargic and dull. The objective of education is the integral development of the personality. You cannot afford to neglect the physical appearance of a student. The development of the mind and body are equally important in any good education.
Lack of adequate physical exercise in the form of games and sports develops many mental problems. Mere intellectual achievement is not enough. Good health and a healthy body are also essential to face the challenges of life. Therefore, games and sports are an integral part of school education. Education will remain incomplete without physical training and exercise. “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” is a famous saying. After the studies some children of physical exercise, games and sports are necessary. They refresh mind and body and provide recreation. An outdoor soccer or vallyball game is very refreshing. A game of hockey or a game of badminton will help the student regain lost physical and mental energy. There will be higher oxygen intake, better blood circulation and digestion due to these. In the open air, where games are played, there is fresh air, openness and the presence of nature. They have a very healthy influence on the players. Running, jumping, kicking, swimming, etc. Provide vigorous exercise to our limbs and organs of the body. They provide us with physical fitness, courage, endurance, cooperation, and team spirit. Players are more disciplined and fit than others. Sports and games together with education prepare us to face the challenges of life.
Games and sports are a valuable form of education. They develop our skills and abilities to the maximum. They teach discipline, obedience, and cooperation. Each game has its own rules and regulations. They are binding on the players. All players must follow them. There is a penalty for your violation. You can never win a game without following the laws of the game. You have to abide by the judgment of the repertoire. It teaches the player how important the laws are. It makes clear how important it is to follow the rules and regulations that games and sports help us produce highly disciplined citizens, leaders and professionals. They teach how to cooperate with each other and achieve success. It is a playground or gymnasium where team spirit, cooperation and endurance can be best taught, games teach players how to ignore individual interests in the best interests of the team and society. This teaching of sacrifice is of great social and national interest. The games also teach fair play and faith in equality and justice. They allow us to face defeat and victory with a joyful spirit.
Games also allow an outlet for our repressed energy. It helps us a lot to remain peaceful and non-violent. When our energy is repressed, we become irritable, short-tempered, violent vandalism, and acts of lawlessness. Games also give us the best use of free time.
Famous players and sportsmen take credit for themselves and for the country. They are famous and popular and work as cultural ambassadors for the country. They strengthen international relations. They also develop and promote patriotism and national integration. But games are a means and not an end in themselves. They should not be practiced at the expense of studies. Excess of everything is bad. They should be played and enjoyed only in free time. They are a true blessing if done correctly and wisely.
India needs good and great players and athletes. They are in great demand to participate in national and international events. India’s record in this regard has been very poor. Boys and girls must be caught from a very young age and trained in different games and sports. There should be no school without a suitable playground attached. Mere mental education is useless without physical education. They must go hand in hand as an integral part of education. They are complementary to each other.