SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Why I love adaptive sports

Amputee

Pasqual Torres

Why I Never Stop Improving Myself

When I think about goals in my life, I am often drawn back to the lessons I have gained from being a lifelong athlete. Being involved in sports isn't just about the physicality, but it's also about the mental strength we build during highly repetitive exercises for the chance to improve our muscle memory for the moment when the sport becomes an event you've been waiting for to compete.​ When we make a commitment to playing a sport or learning a new exercise, we are making a deal with ourselves to keep improving until we reach a specific goal.

Some people play to have fun with the intention of being social and making friends outside their normal social groups. Some people exercise to lose weight or improve their muscle mass, and some people join a team because they believe in the sport and really love to put their heart into it.

Whether the reason is to be involved in an activity, a goal should be in mind. The goal isn't to just sit around and waste free time watching TV or playing video games. You are learning just like a person who reads a book or listens to a podcast might be improving their mental skills. Physical exercise challenges tests the limits of the mind and body, tying together endurance and reflexes with motor function.

Why do I play sports?

I play for the burst of energy I get from scoring a point, I play for the joy of victory, and I play because I like the feeling of giving everything my body has even in a defeat knowing that I tried my hardest to do something bigger than myself. I play sports because I love my teammates and I know they love me back. I play sports because I want to push my body to be fit and feel good about looking strong and feeling healthy. And as long as I feel healthy, I will keep playing and working on being a role model for the next generation of disabled athletes.

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