Kids nowadays are so absorbed in technology and it is their parents who are to be blamed. Instead of encouraging toddlers to go around and play, parents keep them occupied with mobile phones, videos games and everything which is not good for their mental and physical growth. You expect your child to be thriving and more creative once he grows up, forgetting the fact that you are taking away everything real from them and replacing it with a world of unreal thoughts and emotions by handing them a smartphone.
This is why it is essential to realize the importance of an activity and its overall effect on your child’s life and mind. There are so many fun and creative ways to help your kids get outside and explore on their own.
You can start off by selecting activities that suit their age, you can start off by encouraging basic activities such as:
Once you have given your children a direction to work in, they will be able to explore their abilities, figure out what they like and overall, enjoy outdoor activities more. Often a time you, as a parent might find it hard to figure out where to start from,
Fortunately, in this blog, we tried to cover everything there is to know about different sports and activities out there to help your kids develop a fondness for the outside world.
The benefits of swimming cannot be listed, known as an ‘all-round’ activity, swimming is the most fun activity for kids and can often be started at the age of three. Swimming makes use of an individual’s entire body and keeps the heart rate up without any extra pressure or stress. It helps build strength, reinforce muscles, maintain a healthy weight and tone one’s entire body, this regime is best for your kids to help exert energy without any extra effort or stress.
This activity is yet another fun and creative way to encourage your child to go out and explore their inner artist while also train their body. It is one of those activities not limited to any age. You can use this activity in a creative way to formulate interesting dance games for your kids to enjoy.
This sport demands the use of both physical and mental strength, making it a superb activity for growing children. Basketball is everything perfect for your child’s overall wellbeing, from team-work to planning and using tactics along with jumping, running, using your hands and what not, this activity utilizes everything perfectly.
This is one activity every kid should be encouraged to perform because of its ability to use mental strength to control your body. Increased focus, self-confidence, discipline, honesty, respect and mental strength are just a few outcomes expected out of this sport.
Each kind of Martial Arts can be traced back to a different origin, style and technique. This sport is designed to maintain the spiritual wellbeing of an individual by focusing on its strengths from the very beginning.
This section includes all other activities from small to complex skills such as:
There are an endless number of sports and physical activities being practiced all across the world, which can make picking the perfect sport for your child rather confusing.
To make things easier, try to classify them at first by dividing them according to age-appropriate activities and then encourage your kids to choose one for them. The whole point being, to encourage your kid’s to indulge in physical activity and to make them love sports.
Parents need to realize that the meaning of exercise is used in a different context when it comes to kids. It is not jumping jacks, cardio or weight-lifting but small activities like climbing, headstand or even wrestling which helps train their bodies.
Increased involvement of technology
It is important for parents to realize the importance of even the smallest of activity and how it can help with the development of kids. Another problem to cater is the increased use of television, video games and smartphone devices heavily used by kids these days.
Too much screen time paired with too little physical activity is another reason for obesity and other child-related health issues. Why is that an issue? Because an increased use of technology prevents kids from doing any physical activity.
What can you do?
Start by limiting the amount of time generally spent by kids while using these devices. Set time limit on each sedentary activity. Secondly, limit screen time to an hour per day. And lastly, keep all smartphones and similar devices outside of the reach of children and eliminate their usage during meal times especially.
Raising healthy individuals
The whole point of indulging your kid in some kind of an activity from the very start is to promote health and fitness. These children will grow up to become the future and to create a more responsible and healthy individual should be the goal of every parent. Start off by selecting age-appropriate activities to encourage physical movements. Set a regular schedule of activity daily to ensure kids get used to it and encourage an active daily lifestyle like walking the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Lastly, be creative to come up with fun activities that make your kids play or perform it again and embrace a healthier lifestyle together as a family.