Today, children spend more time than ever indoors, not doing much physical activity at all. Instead, they listen to music or play video games. This is good for a child’s mind, but it needs to be properly balanced with physical activity in order to prevent detrimental effects on their health.
Today, more children than ever before are obese and are suffering from various health conditions related to this problem, such as diabetes. And schools are not helping because of budget cuts. This leads to children being much less active than ever before.
As a parent, you need to compensate for this by getting your child to be active. You should encourage them to participate in some sort of sport. This doesn’t have to mean that you pressure them into trying out for the basketball team at school. Instead, you can simply encourage them to take part in other sports and activities that will get them outside.
A great way to do this is to purchase your child some sort of fitness equipment or simply ask them if there is a physical activity that they would like to join. You can buy them a new bike or pay for their entry into a swimming or karate class.
Not every child will prefer to join a team sport, but some will. The exact sport they choose doesn’t matter. Other children will not prefer this type of activity at all and will prefer to stick with something much more individual and less competitive.
Allowing your child to choose the physical activity on their own will reduce the pressure that will be put on them if you just tell them to join a sport. They won’t feel like they have to do well in particular sports at all, which is not what you want for your child at all.
Encouraging your child to do physical activity is very important for their health in many ways. Getting out of the house in the fresh air can be great for them. They will sleep much better at night if they are involved in some sort of physical activity.
Your child’s motor skills, confidence, and self-esteem will be boosted if they find that they are good at a physical activity that they can actually enjoy. They will experience much fewer social problems as they move into their adolescent and adult years.
When you encourage your child to get involved in a sport or physical activity, you don’t have to pressure them into joining one single sport. You just have to encourage them to do some sort of physical activity. Let them choose, and if you want, you can even choose one that you can do with them. As long as you get your child away from video games for a short period of time, it will greatly help their health.