Why Kids Should Play Sport
By Angela Bekiaris
There are so many reasons for your kids to play sport from a young age. We share just some of the many benefits to help you make some decisions as they start a new year.
* Sport encourages a healthy lifestyle: Enjoying and dedicating themselves to a specific sport or sports teaches children about the importance of fitness and being healthy. Experts say children need to be active, and sport is the best way to ensure they stay healthy throughout the year.
* It Promotes Self-Esteem: When they enjoy an activity, and see that they are good at it, it gives them a sense of accomplishment.
* It Helps Them Learn To Set Goals: According to experts, ‘participation in sports gives your child a fun, practical way to learn about goal-setting’. This will in turn allow your child to succeed in life.
* Experience Team Work: Almost every sport allows you to be a part of a team, and this is a great way for kids to learn the importance of working together and helping them become a team player.
* Develop Time Management Skills: Having a schedule and sticking to it encourages development of time management and prioritisation skills, say experts. Sport will teach your kids responsibilities, say experts, such as cleaning up after themselves.
* Work Well Under Pressure: The pace and expectations allow them to deal with pressure, say experts.
* Stick To A Task: Dedicating their time to a specific sport helps them stick to a hard task. You can’t just quit or give up.
* It’s Great Fun: More than anything, sport allows your kids to have fun – no matter what age.
Benefits Of Being Active
Kidshealth.org shares some benefits with us – when kids are active, their bodies can do the things they want and need them to do.
* Strong muscles and bones
* Weight control
* Decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
* Better sleep
* A better outlook on life
How Much Is Enough?
How do you know if your kids are getting enough physical activity? According to experts, these are the recommended guidelines for pre-schoolers each day:
* At least 60 minutes of structured (adult-led) physical activity.
* At least 60 minutes of unstructured (free play) physical activity.
* Not be inactive for more than one hour at a time unless sleeping.