Sports are organized physical activities and competitions. These fill the natural human need for competition, physical exercise and play. Almost all sports are competitive. This is the main difference between recreational, social recreation or even health activities. Sports have become a major part of our lives as they are a fun way to pass time and build up strength, stamina, coordination and endurance.

There are four broad categories of recreational sports: indoor sports, outdoor sports, team sports and recreational sports. Indoor sports refer to those that take place inside the home like cycling, swimming, cycling, tennis and skiing. Outdoor sports on the other hand, refers to those taking place in open spaces like hiking, fishing, hiking and hunting. Team sports are played by several people at the same time like in soccer, football and baseball. And recreational sports, such as fishing, rowing, horseback riding, skating and bowling are not structured and defined by age groups and locations.

The popularity of recreational sports is increasing. Sports such as golf, bowling and badminton have gained enormous popularity among the masses. There are many benefits of participating in recreational sports. Some of them are:

English football is an example of a sports discipline that has evolved through generations. It is very popular among people across the world. Its origin goes back to the early Eighties when footballers from England were sent to Europe to play professionally in different countries. With time the sport has undergone several changes but its essence has not changed much.

In contrast with other sports, English football can be regarded as a low impact sports activity involving physical exertion and self-discipline. Another good example is chess, which is considered to be an intellectual game. But compared to other sports activities, chess is a relatively high impact sport as the moves involve both physical and mental activities. For this reason chess is often compared to jogging or running for its physical nature.

The growth of English football and the other related sports in the English speaking world can be attributed to several factors. These include the evolution of the media and globalization of information. These aspects have contributed to the spread of the awareness of English sports names across the globe. And the next time you hear someone say ‘sportsman’ or ‘archery’ in the UK, do not be surprised if it is not a reference to an English sport, but to a sports action such as badminton, rugby or basketball. It is true that some of these sports might have originated in England, but the real test of sporting prowess lies in the effort made by the person in the other country.