Current Location:

National

Localise Me


7 Reasons Why We Should Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle for Our Children

1327_title.jpg

1327_image1.jpg€€¹Children need physical activity every day. With today's wealth of video games and increasing computer literacy, daily physical activity is often forgotten. Getting your child involved with sports helps them make exercise a part of their lifestyle and increases their chance of a being a healthier adult.

1. Healthy Lifestyle

Making exercise a part of your child's life teaches your child the importance of fitness. This, along with proper nutrition, plays a vital role in maintaining health. Children need physical activity every day. With today's wealth of video games and increasing computer literacy, daily physical activity is often forgotten. Getting your child involved with sports helps them make exercise a part of their lifestyle and increases their chance of a being a healthier adult.

2. Promote Self Esteem

When a child realizes that they are getting better and better at their sport, they can't help but feel a sense of accomplishment. Choosing a sport your child can grow and improve in gives your child an opportunity to build self-esteem. Together, with positive reinforcement from you their parent, they will gain confidence and have a more positive view of themselves.

3. Learn Goal Setting

I'm sure you'll agree goal setting and success go hand in hand. Participation in sports gives your child a fun, practical way to learn about goal setting. They'll see, experience, and learn about how goal setting works. If your child's coach doesn't cover goal setting, that's okay! You as a parent can sit down with your 1327_image2.jpgchild and set goals. By assisting your child in developing this skill, you give them a better chance at succeeding in life.

4. Learn and Experience Teamwork

How often have you read a help wanted advert where the employer wants a "team player" or a candidate that "works well with others"? Sports teach children about teamwork and about how their actions affect others. If they can't learn to work together with teammates while playing a sport they enjoy, how will they be able to work with co-workers they may or may not like while performing a job they may or may not enjoy? This is an important lesson to learn.

5. Develop Time Management Skills

Adding extracurricular activities to your child's schedule encourages development of and time management and prioritization skills. Teach your child that taking care of responsibilities, such as school work and cleaning up after themselves, comes first. This gives them their first taste of prioritization. Next, help your child formulate a plan which enables them to efficiently handle their responsibilities while still leaving time for sports practices and competitions.

6. Learn About Dealing with Adversity

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has problems. How well you handle these mistakes and problems directly affects happiness and quality of life. In sports, we always try to minimize errors, but we're human. Mistakes happen. Even professional athletes make bad choices but it's not the mistake that counts. What you do from that point forward carries much more significance. If your child learns how to 1327_image3.jpgdeal with adversity, errors, and challenges in sports, chances are, they'll be able to translate that skill to real life.

7.  Have Fun!

Positive experiences play an essential role in raising a happy, healthy human being. Sports provide numerous opportunities for positive experiences both for your child as an individual, and for your family as a whole. "Sports parents" are blessed with the chance to watch their child have fun while learning and developing as an athlete and as a human being.

To find out what local clubs and classes are available in our local area for your children, follow the link here to search using your postcode.

The powerful influence of sport on girls

The powerful influence of sport on girls

How can girls find the confidence to take part in sport, to help build confidence and self-esteem.

Local Dad & Swimming Champion Chris Cook

Local Dad & Swimming Champion Chris Cook

Double Commonwealth Champion, British & Commonwealth Record holder Chris Cook talks to Raring2go! 

10 Good Reasons to Speak French!

10 Good Reasons to Speak French!

In these days of international tourism, and with so much to learn from foreign websites, knowing one or more foreign language can also open many doors.  The younger we learn the better - children learn languages much faster than adults, but it's never too late to learn.

Keeping your child safe around water this summer …

Keeping your child safe around water this summer …

It’s essential to ensure your children will be safe around the water this summer.

20% OFF PERSONALISED SCHOOL LABELS

20% OFF PERSONALISED SCHOOL LABELS

School is about your kids losing themselves in learning; not about losing their supplies.

With Stuck On You, you can ensure nothing ever goes missing again—from clothes and shoes through to drink bottles and lunchboxes. For a limited time, take 20% off the entire range of Stuck On You labels!

Explore Learning

Explore Learning

Since 2001, Explore Learning have helped over 200,000 children to excel academically, reach their potential and achieve the best possible results.

Mapped to the school curriculum, we ensure children progress academically and develop socially, changing their attitude towards learning.