It’s beneficial for children to incorporate exercise into their daily regimes early on. It can help them with academics, boost their confidence, minimize behavioral problems, and improve their social skills-all very substantial benefits for children and young adults, especially those who are vulnerable or have low self-esteem. Luckily, there are options available for kids in and outside of school that provide many benefits.
Build Life Skills
Sports are a great way for children to meet new people outside of school as they learn important life skills. Joining an athletics team will teach participants about facing adversity, setting goals and expectations, and committing to schedules. Students learn how to juggle their responsibilities at home and school with after school or weekend practices. This also teaches them how to take responsibility, prioritize, and make appropriate choices.
Learn the Value of Dedication
Kids can learn numerous coping skills, which are very important for mental wellness, from being a part of a sports team. No matter how good someone is, in competitive sports there will always be times when they will lose a game. That’s the nature of sports; participants continuously learn as they go, learning the value of dedication along the way. Facing and overcoming adversity not only builds better coping skills, but also character, integrity, motivation, as players begin to see their own history of success.
Young participants also build crucial interpersonal skills by practicing cooperation and building friendships. By participating in a sports team, they learn about group dynamics and the many ways that people with different personalities and skill sets can contribute. Teamwork and tight quarters also form lasting friendships in a way that being in the same classroom at school does not.
Improve Physical Fitness
Research consistently shows that exercise decreases feelings of depression and mood disorders in adults; it also provides the same benefit to children and young adults. There is no better way to exercise than participating in sports. Research has also shown athletics’ many benefits in preventing diseases including but not limited to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression, and osteoporosis.
This is not an exhaustive list of the benefits children receive from participating in athletics. It’s clear that, for children and young adults, there is no better lifestyle addition than the proper forms of exercise. Not only do they benefit from improved physical fitness-more important in the U.S. than ever as obesity rates rise-they also build the mental, emotional, and interpersonal skills that will help them succeed in every aspect of their life.