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My five reasons for being a sports fan and why it pays

March 3, 2018
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Wilson Kiprop vs Bedan Karoki at a local cross country meeting in Eldoret, Kenya

It takes a very long time before a post that is not related to sports can pop up from any of my social media accounts. Most of my posts are related to sports, especially running, because that is where my heart is. Being a sports fan and a sports person has enriched my life in so many ways. In fact, I can’t tell whether I am a runner because I am a fan of running or a fan of running because I am a runner.
Below are some of the benefits of being a sports fan (that of being a sports person will be a topic for another day).

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1. It is free!
There are so many ways to treat oneself; buying an expensive gift, going out to watch a movie, visiting a game park, making a special meal, among others.  For me, relaxing in the house and watching a track and field event, a cross country meeting or a road running event on TV; or going out to spectate at a local sporting event is all that I will need to have a great day. The fun part is that it is always free for me to do all these!

2. Earning a living out of it

Knowledge is power. The more you become a fan of a particular sport for a long time, the more you learn a lot on what to do to be successful in it. Your knowledge could be valuable as a coach, a sports reporter, a race organizer and a talent scouter, among many others. Since you also know much about teams and individual athletes, you could place bets like on  Kenya Promotion Code bonus that could win you millions and change you into an instant millionaire.
3. Gives a sense of belonging
Being a sports fan will automatically get you a sense of belonging wherever you end up. At times, I enter a restaurant in a weekend and in one screen at some corner they are showing a political rally, in another screen in another corner they are showing a marathon event. It won’t be hard for me to choose where to seat and I will be sure to have a lot in common with whoever is sitting there watching the marathon as well.
4. Having something to look forward to every day
I do not know if it applies to everyone, but I feel energetic whenever I have an event to look forward to later in the day or week. I think excitement itself is one of those sources of strength not found in food nutrients. Looking forward to Eliud Kipchoge vs Kenenisa Bekele and Mo Farah at the forthcoming London Marathon, for example, is what keeps me excited for next month.
5.One adapts to an active lifestyle as well
The more you watch and follow sports people on social media and in their daily lives, the more you will learn how to keep active as well. I would be surprised to find someone who is passionate about running watching road running events every day without getting the urge to try participating at a running event one time as well. And to participate, one has to prepare by training. The friends I have found through running, in real life as well as on social media, encourages me to keep active in many ways.

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