As we hear more and more terror stories about childhood obesity, maybe you’re thinking about getting your kids in to some outdoor activities. And why not? They’re great for burning off energy, and if they’re having fun then they won’t even realise they’re exercising! It also encourages kids to get out there and meet new people as they join different clubs and find new oppertunities. Interested? Then let’s look at some of the great activities that you can get your kids in to.
It’s probably the classic sport that, at some point, all kids want to get in to. And why not? There’s so many clubs and leagues out there for all ages that they are guaranteed to play in some sort of match! It’s a great run around, and you can spur them on from the sidelines! It’s also a sport that you child might have a chance at a career in, if they’re good enough. Many youth academies are always on the look out for new talent.
Stunt scooters are a great option for kids for a number of reasons. First, they’re much safer than other skate park alternatives like skateboards and rollerblades, as they sport handlebars and brakes for more control. Kids also feel like they’ve accomplished something when they learn a new trick, and can set themselves goals to acheive. At the same time, they’re exercising, meeting new people, and scooters provide a great gateway in to other stunt sports such as BMX riding. Just remember to buy your child some safety gear before they get started!
Tennis is great for getting a good run around without even realising. It improves reactions, too. There are loads of great tennis clubs around, and means your kids play alongside all sorts of people. It’s a solo sport generally, but the oppertunity for doubles also encourages teamwork and communication skills which can be invaluable. It’s not just tennis though, there’s loads of other great racquet sports out there, such as badminton and squash, which are equally as good in terms of exercise.
Swimming is not only a fun way to exercise, but also an essential skill. Swimming clubs are probably some of the most specific, and allow you to find one tailored to your child’s competence level. Swimming also comes with certificates and milestones, so your child can track their progress as they improve as a swimmer. Swimming is also fantastic at burning calories, and most of the time they won’t even notice. Plus, you won’t need to buy and extra equipment or gear!
Hockey is another one of those sports with a real team ethos, which promotes communication and teamwork skills. It’s also a good run about, and is a fun and rewarding sport to get in to. There are also a couple of different types – ice and field – for them to try. However, the equipment can tend to be expensive for ice hockey, and field hockey venues are generally more numerous.
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