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SPORTS IN MY LIFE
People all over the world are fond of sports and games. That is one of the things in which people of any nationality are united. All kinds of physical exercises are useful to make our bodies strong enough to keep ourselves fit and healthy. Physically inactive people fall ill more often and get old earlier than those who have plenty of exercises. If you do daily exercises, you feel refreshed, organized and disciplined, you stay in good shape, you have a good posture.
Even if you don't plan to make a career in sports you still have to practice. Regular exercises give you more energy. That is why many people who suffer from general tiredness should take more exercise.
"A healthy mind in a healthy body" as the old Latin saying goes. The English proverb "Sickness in the body brings sickness to the mind" expresses the same idea from a different point of view.
In winter many people go in for cross-country and alpine skiing, ski jumping, skating, figure skating, ice hockey and so on, but in such warm regions as ours, facilities for these activities are limited. That’s why summer sports, especially swimming, tennis, soccer, basketball, handball, track and field events, gymnastics are more popular in our country. Israeli athletes have won Olympic medals in sailing and judo. As for me, I prefer swimming. It needs mobility, liveliness and much energy. It keeps a person in a good physical form. I have been swimming since my childhood. When I was 4 years old, Dad literally threw me into the sea, thus making me swim. As a schoolgirl I regularly attended a swimming-pool.
Currently, because of lack of spare time I can’t visit a swimming-pool or going to the seaside as frequently as I would like to. But if I manage to, after a hard working day it gives me wonderful relaxation!
Certainly, there is a huge distance between my manner of swimming and that of great champions, but I get real pleasure whatever my achievements are. Just to participate is not less important than to win a victory.