Researches show that adolescents who take part in sporting activities are more confident than those who do not and are less likely to develop health problems. When a child engages in sports, issues such as heart disease and blood pressure get kept at bay, and the child can focus on leading a healthy life. It is for these reasons that governments and health organizations across the globe are busy calling for the incorporation of sports programs in school curriculums.
The best way to get a child interested in sports is to get them involved at a tender age. In this way, they will grow up with interest in physical activities, and it will be easy for them to continue on that trend even as they progress in life. As such, teachers should work towards cultivating a love for sports in children immediately, they join schools. Here are some of the benefits that children stand to gain from engaging in sporting activities.
Better social skills
When children participate in sports, they get to be part of a team. Together with the teammates, the child learns how to handle life’s up and downs. In addition to this, the child learns how to pick social cues and how to engage with people for better results. Issues such as how to handle conflicts come about and over time, a child learns what to do when faced by challenges with team members.
The lessons learned on the field do not go to waste, and they get used in other situations such as in family issues, school problems and later on in their work lives. It is thus necessary for a child to gain exposure to working with people at an early age such that they can handle future situations with ease.
Other than learning how to handle life’s challenges, a child also gets an opportunity to forge relationships with other people. These relationships grow to be the foundations on which they stand in good and bad times, and they help them weather many stages of life. In the end, a parent will note that a child engaging in sports tends to have better social skills than those who do not get such opportunities.
With time, parents have introduced their children to pastimes such as surfing the web and watching television. Though these methods are useful in keeping children busy, they tend to do more harm than good. For one, they encourage children to laze around the house which leads to problems such as obesity. These pastimes also expose children to vices shown in such media and are not appropriate for use in the absence of an adult.
Children who spend time in the outdoors playing tend to be healthier than those who spend their spare time engaging in activities such as watching television. Habits that children cultivate in their childhood last long into their adulthood. As such, if a child grows accustomed to spending free time doing activities which require little energy, they will carry on these habits to their old age and will thus be in danger of developing lifestyle diseases such as hypertension.
It is thus crucial that schools instill exercise habits in children. Not only will this enable children to be fit as they progress in life but it will also ensure that their organs develop as they should. Exercise also helps children focus on the fun side of life, and this reduces the amount of pressure to which they are subject.
When children use television and the internet as a means to keep busy, they are at risk of getting exposed to evil practices. Engaging in sports keeps children busy such that they do not have time to participate in bad habits such as gambling and using drugs. Bored children tend to look for ways to get their spirits up, and this is where bad habits develop.
With sports in school, we are looking at a generation of children who are confident in what they are doing and who will lay a healthy foundation for their futures.