Top 5 Inspirational Sports Movies To Watch This Weekend
As we move further into fall, many of you will find yourselves stuck inside on a cold day or out of commission due to illness. For some athletes, this can feel like misery, but as we’re sure you know, rest days are just as important as training days. If you’re looking for something to keep you busy on those rest days, we’ve got you covered. After a long week of work and training, grab some cozy blankets, keep your feet warm with some Inspyr motivational socks, and kick back on the couch with one of these five classic inspirational sports movies!
Five Best Inspirational Sports Movies
- Bend It Like Beckham: This British sports film follows two female football (soccer) players, Jess and Jules, who dream of playing professionally. The women must not only overcome societal standards that say girls don’t play professional football, but Jess must also overcome a cultural pressure from her parents to hang up her football cleats.
- Miracle: There’s a reason some of the best sports movies are based on true events — the fact that the events seen in Miracle actually occurred is all the proof you need to know that miracles really do happen. When an underdog hockey team can challenge the Soviets at the Winter Olympics, the entire nation can be inspired.
- A League Of Their Own: While the men are away, the women will play. That’s the premise for this sports-comedy film. This fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League tells the story of a group of women in the 1940s who keep baseball alive when World War II threatens to shut down MLB.
- Rudy: While this movie appears to be about a young underdog athlete striving to make it on to the Notre Dame football team, it is actually the two-hour-long kick in the pants you need to do anything you’ve ever been told you can’t do.
- Rocky: This is not only one of the greatest sports movies of all time, but also perhaps one of the greatest movies of all time, period. Rocky is the ultimate example of how input affects output. If you put in the blood, sweat, and tears to reach your dreams, you’ll get there, even if you get knocked down a few times along the way.
Tips For Getting The Most Out Of These Inspirational Movies
A movie is only as inspirational as you let it be. That’s why we’re offering a few ways to ensure you walk away from these films feeling ready to take on the world and achieve your goals.
- Put away phones and other distractions. Watching movies at home runs the risk of actually watching your social media feed or email with a movie on in the background. Watch these movies as if you just paid $10.50 to watch them in a movie theater. Pop some popcorn, turn down the lights, bring the whole family to the couch and pay attention the story, the obstacles the characters overcome, and think about how you can apply this story to your own life. Even if you’ve seen Rocky a dozen times, that doesn’t mean you won’t be hit with a wave of inspiration during that training montage — as long as you’re actually watching it.
- Train with the characters. Another option for getting the most out of these classic sports movies is to put yourself in the characters shoes — literally. Throw on your exercise clothes, pull up your inspirational socks, lace up your tennis shoes, and make an effort to be active during the movie. When Jess and Jules are doing conditioning in Bend It Like Beckham, dribble a ball around your living room with them. When Rudy is trying out for the football team, get off the couch and do fast feet and high knees with him.