My Favorite Physical Activity

The 4 Components of Health

The 4 components of health are physical health, mental/emotional health, intellectual health, and social health. Physical activity impacts all of these components.

Below you will read four examples for each area of health, and how softball benefits these components!

Physical activity leads to positive physical health.

Physical Health

It is somewhat obvious how playing softball impacts physical health. A main part of physical health is simply your activity level; playing a sport where you are almost always physically engaged builds stamina. To play softball, you need to be quick, which benefits your agility. From chasing a ball down in the outfield to stealing bases, much running is involved. Thus, running is physical activity and positively benefits physical health. Softball also helps you get in shape, which is yet another benefit. You also gain strength during softball, because power hitting requires you to work at increasing your muscular abilities.

Mental/Emotional Health

Mental/emotional health is how you think and feel. Softball can definitely impact your mood, for better of for worse. Hopefully, most of the time softball makes you feel happy. It is very satisfying when you get a great hit, or make an outstanding play. These things should impact your mental health positively, because they are things that contribute to winning a game. Similarly, winning a game can make you think positively and feel good about yourself and your team. Another benefit of softball is learning how to play work through being upset. One final benefit for your mental/emotional health is when your coach lets you know you are doing a good job; coaches giving compliments can make your mood skyrocket. On the other side of the spectrum, you can also have poor mental/emotional health during softball. If you strike out or get tagged out, you are bound to feel upset. Making errors in the field can make you think negatively, which almost always leads to more mistakes. Losing games also makes you feel terrible, and you start thinking about revenge on the team. Overall, softball helps you learn to balance out your thoughts and feelings.

Softball lets you celebrate your success and learn how to deal with your mistakes.

Intellectual Health

Intellectual health is knowledge and your ability to use that knowledge. A large part of softball is strategy and being on the same page as your team. You have to realize what to do in certain situations; for example, if there is a runner on first base and third base and the runner on first is stealing second base, chances are the team will not throw down to try and get the runner out. This is because the runner on third would proceed to try and steal home, because the ball would not be near them. This is pure knowledge that you need to have an understanding of to play softball well. Another example is knowing what to do when a pop fly is it. If you are on base, you should know that you shouldn't run right away unless there are two outs. If you've never played softball, it's probably hard to understand why (it has to do with tagging up, but that's beside the point right now). You just have to know when you should run or not, so playing softball helps you sharpen your mind and improve your ability to use knowledge. One final benefit of softball is simply memorizing mechanics. You need a consistent swing and throw to play softball well.

Social Health

When you think of softball, you might not think of social health right away. However, there is quite a bit more to softball than swinging a bat and catching a ball. Social health is how you interact and communicate. Communication alone is extremely important, because you have to be able to take signs from your coaches so you can get your job done. You also have to talk with your teammates to make sure everyone is on the same page if a play is being run, or about who is going to get the ball. This brings me to the next important part of softball social health: teammates. Being a good teammate is just as important as being a good player. Standing in the dugout cheering on your team supports positive social health, because you are interacting in a helpful manner. There is also a chance that some drama will occur throughout a softball season; it is important to remember the goal of winning and sticking together as a team. These are all benefits that can help you both in softball and later on in life.