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The importance of sports in a child's life
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:09

The Importance Of Sports In A Child’s Life

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Today’s technological advances mean more time for children in front of their computer games and TV shows and more time inside the house. A well-rounded, healthy childhood means that you need to tear them away from the electronic games and get them moving. The best way to do that is to show them how much fun physical activity can be.

With child obesity rates soaring, it is becoming more and more important to teach your children about the benefits of regular physical activity. In all seriousness, this is a very unhealthy trend that could give your children health problems as adults, and start them off on a path of procrastination when it comes to staying fit. Exercise can also keep them in good mental shape, and could serve as a good bonding activity for the family.

When dealing with smaller children, play simple games outdoors that would hold their interest – it doesn’t have to be anything too hardcore. It’s your choice – you can get them into ball sports by teaching them the basics, or play childhood games you yourself used to play, like tag. And best of all, there’s no need for any state of the art equipment.

If you live in an apartment, take your children for a walk in the park. Even going to the local zoo can be a nice, energetic activity. Swimming is a good family activity that you can teach to your children. Cycling is another way the whole family can exercise together that can be a lot of fun too. And in the winter time, you can take the entire family ice skating, though you and the spouse may want to leave the kids ice skating by themselves once they come of age. There are more ways to engage in physical activity, but these are just some.

Teamwork and the different rules in team sports may be difficult for younger children to learn, so it isn’t a wise idea to get them started too early. Some peewee leagues will offer training in basic skills, using fun activities to teach young children the basic moves they will use in sport when they get older. Children also learn things that they can use outside of the sporting world, such as teamwork, sharing things (in this case, equipment) and waiting for their turn.

Engaging in sports and exercise is something you can start on your own, as your children soon follow suit. Encourage them to become active in sports at school, and to stay active during vacation time too. There is only one way you can convince your children to stay healthy, and that is through exercise.

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