No matter the age of your child, it has been proven that playing sports offers more than just a physical benefit to your child.
Children that participate in any sport, whether team-based or individual, often ripped many benefits beyond the benefits of physical activities
These include improved academic and social benefits no matter how good your child is at the sport. The fact is, that even if your child is not “good” enough to play the sport competitively, they can still receive the same benefits from local groups, school groups, or just by taking time to enjoy the numerous sports available in community centre or together with friends and family.
Why playing sports is good for kids
Here are just a few ways in which playing sports will benefit your child:
- Recent studies have shown that children today are more sedentary and do not get enough exercise. Playing sports will give your child much needed exercise and remove them from the digital media that surrounds them.
- It has been shown that children that play sports (especially girls) are more likely to have a positive body image and a higher self-esteem.
- Kids that are involved in sports from an early age, are typically less likely to become involved with drugs, smoking and drinking. Because they understand that these activities can be destructive to their bodies, they are less likely to start.
- Children that are active in sports are usually less stressed and depressed. Because physical activity helps combat these symptoms, your child will be able to concentrate better, have less anxiety over small situations, and will be happier.
- All sports will instill a sense of discipline in your child. They will learn how to work together as a team and, learn what it means to set goals and work towards them without giving up. This will give them a work ethic to help them accomplish things throughout their life.
- Many sports help children build and further their motor skills, math skills, strategic thinking skills, and more. These skills are heightened when playing sports and carry through in school work and later in life in their work career.
- Exercise has been shown to improve and increase the quality of life. Children that are involved in sports at a young age are more likely to continue exercising and leading fitness filled lives even into adulthood.
- Playing sports is fun for children and teaches them how to make friends and belong to social groups. They will learn new interest and meet new people.
As you can see, no matter which way you look at it, playing sports is extremely beneficial for children of all ages.