Parents need to get Their Children Active in Sports
Everyone wants the best for their children, right? What if I said there is a fun way to keep kids physically healthy while building emotional and life skills. What if I said kids will do academically better in the classroom. How? Sports! In sports children overcome challenges, make new friends, develop skills all while having fun. Parents need to get their children active in sports. Physical activity helps children build healthy bones, maintain a healthy weight, increase agility and coordination. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2011), children and adolescents should do at least 1 hour of physical activity every day. Sadly, many kids do not meet this requirement. In fact 58 percent of kids ages 6 to 11 do not get the recommended 60 minutes of fitness a day, and as they get older activity levels decrease (Peyman, 2011). And we wonder why obesity is on the rise. The number of adolescents overweight has tripled since 1980. Not only have the number of adolescent overweight increased, but the heaviest who are overweight are heavier (Glied, 2012). Let’s stop this now! Sports provides children with plenty of physical activity. While children’s sports does boost fitness and prevents obesity (Mayo clinic staff, 2010), it does a whole lot more. Children’s sport provides emotional benefits. “While there are many benefits to being involved in sports, one of the most important contributions that sports makes to youth development is in the area of social and emotional development” (Gatz & Messner, 2002, p.33). It has been statistically proven that sports builds self-esteem and confidence. Approval from teammates, coaches, and parents are all self-esteem and confidence boosters. Children who have self-esteem and confidence feel good about themselves. As children build self-esteem and confidence, they are having fun playing games, playing sports. Children interact with other children and form...
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