At the University of Guelph, there are so many options for intramural sports. There’s hockey, bubble soccer, pickleball, and even quidditch (yes, from Harry Potter). There truly is a sport for everyone. So if you’re still on the fence whether you want to play an intramural sport while you’re at UofG, here are 5 reasons of why you should.

1. You get to meet a lot of people with similar interests

This might be the best thing about intramural sports, making friends. When you are in first year, you typically want to make as many friends as possible. At UofG, this is a great start. You get to meet everyone you play with or against, and especially get to bond with those that are on your team. So if you want to make some friends quickly, this is a great way to do that.


2. You’ll get exercise that a lot of students forget about

When students are constantly going to class, doing homework, and studying, it can become easy to forget about your physical health and going to the gym seems like a chore sometimes. So if you want a really fun way to stay mentally and physically healthy, than playing an intramural sport is a great option for you.


3. Sports will relieve stress

It is well-known that exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers. This helps improve sleep thus reducing stress. When you are in University this is especially important because of the stress caused by the copious amount of work. So if you want to be less stressed out about your schoolwork, join an intramural sport team.


4. Playing a sport will give you motivation and energy

Completing any task as a team will give you motivation. This also applies to sports. When you work together with like-minded people, you are sure to apply the motivation you gain from that to other aspects of your life. Physical activity also helps pump more blood and oxygen throughout all your body’s systems, and the more oxygen and blood pumped, the more active and energetic you will feel.


5. Sense of Purpose

Naturally, when you are a part of a team or contributing to a project, you begin to develop a sense of purpose. You will begin to feel like you contribute something unique to the team and overall not only gain a sense of purpose throughout the rest of your life, but also increase your happiness.


So if after reading this article about all the benefits of joining an intramural sport at UofG you still are not convinced, just try it. It’s better to try it and not like it then not doing it all. Even if you don’t like the sport, at least you will have made some great friends along the way.


Andrew Leenders

Finance and Economics Student at the University of Guelph

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