Physical Activities As a Sport
Sports (or physical sports) refers to various types of mostly strenuous physical activity that, through organised or casual participation, attempt to utilize, increase or maintain athletic prowess, physical skill and/or stamina while also providing entertainment for participants, and sometimes, spectators. The most popular sports around the world are soccer, golf, tennis, swimming, track & field, softball, basketball, wrestling, cricket and horse-riding. However, with the evolution of modern technologies, these and other sports have been made available on television through high-definition telecasts, online through live streaming and even video games. These sports have evolved over the years into what we know them today, where people are not just entertained by the outcome of a match or tournament, but are driven by intense competition and hunger for success. Sports have become a very important part of the modern human life and people from all walks of life can be seen engaging in different types of sports activities from archery to surfing.
The first recorded sports activity dates back to the days of the Egyptian civilization, when gladiators, also called Ancient Greeks, wore body armour to fight in the Olympic Games. Later, Romans, Greeks and Egyptians developed their own special type of physical activities that became the foundations of numerous sports, such as boxing, fencing and wrestling. In more recent years, new sports such as roller skating, motorcycling, skiing, surfing, beach volleyball and beach football have gained enormous popularity all over the world. Each of these sports requires different kinds of physical abilities, and people of all ages and physical conditions can enjoy any of these sports. Some of these sports require extreme agility, while others are for the highly skilled in dexterity.
The most popular and widely played sports in the US include basketball, American football, baseball, rugby, softball, soccer, softball, motorcar racing and track running. Martial arts, Kung-fu, Tae kwondo, Judo, fencing, taekwondo, Kenpo and boxing are other popular martial arts in the US. As martial arts have gained popularity over the years, different techniques and forms of martial arts fighting have emerged. Each of these disciplines provide a unique form of physical activity and set of skills that one can use in everyday life.