People all over the world are fond of sports and games. That is one of the
things in which people of every nationality are united. All kinds all physical exercises
are very useful to make our bodies strong enough to keep ourselves fit and healthy. The
most popular outdoor winter sports are shooting, hunting, hockey ; in the countries where
the weather is frosty and there is much snow-skating and ski-jumping. It’s so nice to go
to the skating-rink or to the forest on a frosty sunny day.
Summer affords excellent opportunities for swimming, boating, yachting,
cycling, gliding and many other sports. Among outdoor games football takes the first place
in public interests, this game is played in all countries of the world. The other games
that have firmly established themselves in favor in different countries are golf, lawn
tennis, cricket, volleyball, basketball and so on.
All the year round people indulge in boxing, wrestling, athletics, gymnastics
and track-and-field events. A lot of young woman go in for calisthenics. Over the last few
years aerobics has become popular with young girls. It helps them to be slim, healthy and
strong. The founder of this kind of sport was a well-known American actress Jane Fonda.
Being a great enthusiast of aerobics she has been trying to initiate many young woman all
over the world into this sport.
Among indoor games the most popular are billiards, table tennis, draughts and
some others, but the great international game is chess, of course. The results of chess
tournaments are studied and discussed by thousands of enthusiasts in different countries.
So we may say that sport is one of the thing that makes people kin. To cut a
long story short I should admit that everyone must do all he can to be healthy. Physically
inactive people get old earlier than those who have plenty of exercises. If you do daily
exercises, you feel refreshed, have a good posture and that makes you feel good.
Running is a wonderful sport. We can run all the year round. We can run in a
forest, in a park, in a yard or in the street. Running makes us strong and healthy.
Everybody feels fresh and ready for more work after half an hour in the open air.
Athletes usually play sports at the sports ground, in a gym, in the stadium, in
a sports palace. Different sport competitions take place in the stadium. The stadium is
always full of people who come to see a match. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools
and a lot of people go swimming all the year round.
Many people are fond of gymnastics but it’s not an easy sport.
The best athletes take part in the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games have a very
long history. They began more than 2 000 years ago in Greece. The Greeks were very fond of
music, plays and all kinds of physical exercises. The games took place every 4 years at
Olympia. All the cities in Greece sent their best athletes to take part in the Olympic
Games. The strongest athletes ran, jumped, wrestles, threw a discus, were boxing. There
were also chariot races. The Games were very popular, thousands of Greeks used to watch
them. It was a tradition to stop wars during the Olympic Games. The competition lasted
five days. The winners got olive wreaths. It was the highest honor. When the champions
came home the people greeted them with flowers.
For a long time from 394 till 1896 there were no Olympic games. Since 1896 the
best athletes of the world have met again every 4 years. The games have always been
exciting. The winners who showed the best results were awarded gold, silver and bronze