Recent advances in technology offer endless opportunities for the next generation of leaders. Unfortunately, this technology can have disadvantages if it becomes a substitute for outdoor play.
Involving children in outdoor activities or organized sports at a young age helps build a lifetime of health habits that are physically and emotionally beneficial. Participation in sports teaches valuable life lessons as well as providing adequate exercise.
Swimming, biking, and other recreational activities are great ways for children to get the exercise they need. Participation in organized sports is another excellent way to get your child’s body moving. Whether your child prefers playing baseball, football, soccer, or tennis, there is a club or group your child can join. Sports strengthen muscles, improve stamina, circulation, and bone health.
Taking part in outdoor games, organized or among friends, teaches discipline because there are rules to follow. Learning to do extremely well in any game depends on how well you follow the rules. Additionally, being part of a little league team or soccer club, means that your teammates depend on you to show up for practices and for games.
Children learn quickly when they play competitive sports, that winning is not the only goal set for the team. Coaches teach the players that as long as they do their best in the game, winning is not everything. However, winning a game it is an added bonus, and a morale booster. Doing their part as a member of the team is what children in organized sports learn. They also learn that while there are different skill levels among team members, working together as a team, makes everyone shine.
Learning Skills and Having Fun
When children take part in any outdoor sport, they learn where their strengths and talents are, which can lead to a lifelong passion or occupation choice. Children love to play, and playing contributes to the emotional well-being of a child, as well as the physical.