16 Oct Top 5 Reasons Why Children Should Play Sports
There are numerous benefits of youth sports – many of which are obvious. Keeping children fit, instilling healthy habits in kids at a young age, and keeping children busy and away from negative influences are all understood benefits of enrolling your child in sports programs at a young age. According to a study by the Women’s Sports Foundation, however, there are even more underlying benefits to youth sports that parents might also want to know about.
Here are just five of the endless advantages of enrolling your child in a sports program:
Active children get better grades – Regular exercise gets blood flowing to the brain, which improves essential skills for classroom learning, such as memory and concentration. Research has shown that children who are involved in sports do better in school than those who are not involved in sports, thus giving active children a leg up in the classroom.
Children are taught lifelong skills through sports – Sports are an irreplaceable activity for children to learn fundamental life skills, like teamwork, goal-setting and hard work. Children who collaborate with others toward a common goal through sports exhibit traits like cooperation and persistence, which provides the foundation for them to become successful in their careers and family lives when they reach adulthood.
Exercise promotes well-rounded health – While it is obvious that playing sports helps keep your child fit and maintain a healthy weight, research has also shown additional health benefits associated with playing sports, such as disease prevention. Regular exercise habits, which begin at a young age, stave off certain diseases like breast cancer and osteoporosis. Research has also shown that children who are involved in sports are less likely to smoke than those who are not involved in sports.
Sports boosts self-confidence – Sports keep children in shape and help them make new friends, which are key confidence builders. In addition, when children know that they can improve their skills with practice, their self-confidence also boosts because they understand that they can achieve goals through hard work.
Exercise lessens stress – Exercise can make your child happier thanks to an increased flow of endorphins, neurotransmitters that are released in the brain that improve one’s mood and release one’s stress. Team sports are also a great way for children to create friendships with others, which also acts as an important mood filler and confidence booster both on and off the field.
Did we mention that sports are fun?
Get your child enrolled in an Amazing Athletes program today where children learn the fundamentals of nine different sports and are taught essential life skills at the same time. Amazing Athletes offers classes for all ages ranging from 18 months to 11 years old in the following programs:
- Amazing Athletes – Our signature program for preschoolers and kindergartners (2 ½-6 yrs.)
- Amazing Tots – A discovery-based program catered to toddlers (18 mos.-2 ½ yrs.)
- Amazing Warriors – A game-based program for school-aged children (6-11 yrs.)
- Amazing Parties – Combine fitness and fun for your next celebration (all ages)
- Amazing Camps – When one class per week just isn’t enough (all ages)