The importance of Sports in Brazil
In Brazil, sports seem to be the most important thing in the world. During the week, every single person goes either to the gym or running in the street. And then, on the weekends, there’s the hiking up to the mountains and the biking around the lagoon. And, when they finally get tired, there’s still the football game to watch!
Here, the concern for health and fitness is huge, which is perfect for us ‘outsiders’, because it kind of gets us by osmosis.
I’ve never been a very sporty person, especially if the sport requires regularity. However, I got kind of used to it and now sports seem to be the very best alternative of things to do on the weekends.
In fact, the last two weekends I really got into it. First I tried running. And, as weird as it sounds, I had a lot of fun. There were hundreds of people running, all wearing the same t-shirts and making friends along the way (very Brazilian-like). I actually ran 5 kms, ending up inside the new stadium for the World Cup – Mineirão.
And, last weekend, I went to a football game. Again, great! The stadium was right in the middle of the city, it actually had neighbors around, renting their garages for the football fans to park their cars.
For the first time I felt like I was in Portugal. Going to the stadium it’s exactly the same as it used to be at home, everyone sings loudly. There’s people shouting, laughing, playing drums, blowing trumpets. It’s incredible!
Obviously, I wouldn’t do all these stuff if I didn’t have very cool Brazilian friends to take me to these things! 🙂
And, because doing sports justifies everything you do afterwards…
You don’t feel so guilty for having a perfect night out, with everything you deserve!
- World Cup stadium update: fears increase as Maracana floods (dailymail.co.uk)
- Brazil Welcomes the 2014 World Cup (thebrazillawblog.com)