Any parent knows well that kids need to move — it’s good for their health and you’ll be thankful that all that energy is going somewhere. Many organized sports, such as baseball and soccer, remain childhood staples in America because they also teach them lessons in teamwork, mental fortitude, and a healthy sense of competition. The benefits far outweigh any potential risks, and the options available to them are many at every age.
Still, not every child is the same, and neither is every sport. This is why today we bring you a list of all the best sports (organized or not) and other physical activities for kids to practice and even involve themselves in more than one. All of these are well-suited for boys and girls alike, so there’s no need to differentiate between them in each entry.
The world’s most popular sport is also considered to be one of the best ones for children to practices as young as four years old. A global fandom comprised of hundreds of millions of people, several championships, and many superstars mean that your kids will have no shortage of inspiration and passion to keep playing as they grow old. Soccer will teach them discipline, teamwork, and will ensure that they develop strong muscles and coordination.
An activity that’s as pragmatic as it is fun, swimming will help your children develop their skills and discipline without exposing them to heavy competition in case you’re worried about that. Also, swimming will improve their lung power and capacity and is one of the best sports to strengthen every muscle in their bodies. Last but not least, It can help them overcome a fear of water and heights.
If you want to help your child have an equally agile mind and body, tennis is the answer. This is a sport that requires players to be quick thinkers, nimble on their feet and be able to strategize their moves fast while acting fast on those strategies. It can be practiced one-on-one or in pairs, so they can develop both teamwork and a healthy competitive side at whatever rate they want for each.
Races and marathons are more popular than ever right now, so it’s a great time to get your kids into running. Not only is it one of the best exercise anyone can get, but the costs are also negligible compared to other sports on the list (and any sport in general). Endurance, strong legs, a better immune, and cardiovascular system are only some of the physical benefits they’ll get in the long run (pun definitely intended).
When was the last time kids didn’t want to have a bike? You can turn this natural fascination for cycling into a lifelong passion for the sport and the freedom and confidence that comes with it. There are different types of bicycles for all kinds of terrains, so pick the one that’s best suited for yours and your child’s lifestyle and environment. Not only will they learn the importance of road safety, discipline and self-motivation, they’ll also improve their coordination and overall physical condition. This is a sport that can be practiced alone or in groups, so it can be useful for developing social skills while also being helpful for shy kids.
One of America’s most popular sports, this is a great team sport that can be practiced in any space large enough to house a hoop. It’s also an excellent way for children to engage in teamwork, mutual respect and the abundance of superstars will keep them in love with the sport for years to come. This is another activity that fosters quick thinking and reflexes while teaching them when to restrain their actions and when to go all out on a whim.
Today’s sedentary lifestyles are reaching younger people every day, so it’s a good idea to instill them with a love for all sorts of sports and physical activity that are good for child development.
Like we said, the social and physical benefits far outweigh any reserves you might have about them, and you’ll surely fall in love with the sport at the same rate as your kid. Soon you’ll be spending hours and hours at their games, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean your chores won’t get done.