Making Sure Your Little Ones Are Getting Enough Exercise

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With the development of technology, kids tend to prefer to spend their time browsing social media, watching their favorite cartoons and shows online, and playing games on their consoles. But it’s important that you encourage them to incorporate sufficient exercise into their routines as well. If your child is aged six or older, they should be getting at least one hour of physical activity a day in order to improve their strength and stamina and to promote healthy development. There are also other benefits that tend to come hand in hand with encouraging your child to exercise, such as boosting their confidence, teaching them the value of teamwork, and spurring on hobbies and passions. So, to help you get started in the right direction, here are just a few different types of exercise that your kids might enjoy!

 

Baseball

Baseball is an extremely popular team sport that can endow your kids with a full social life at the same time as giving them an opportunity to work out. Check out local clubs to see whether there are training sessions or teams in your local area. If there isn’t anything nearby, you could set up your own team in your local neighborhood. Getting to grips with the basics, encouraging parents to accompany their kids along to training sessions and matches, and investing in the basics like dugout charts can prove just as much fun for you as your kids! The sport requires little ones to practice a variety of skills – from running to throwing, catching, and batting – so you can be sure they will get a thorough workout from each session.

 

Swimming

Swimming is a valuable life skill that just so happens to provide a thorough and comfortable full-body workout. If your kids can’t yet swim, enroll them in specialist swimming classes where they will be taught the basics in a safe environment. This is also a great activity for weaker children or overweight children, as swimming is low impact and the water helps to support their body weight, meaning that they get to stretch out, work their muscles, and move with less pressure or strain.

 

Ice Skating

Remember that you can think outside of the box when it comes to sports for your kids to try out. Ice skating lessons at a local rink can be extremely fun and something that your little ones really look forward to. While they get out of puff, they will also pick up great skills such as balance.

 

As you can see, the options available to your little ones can vary drastically. The key to finding the right one is generally a process of trial and error. Try your little ones out at taster session and induction days where they can get a feel for different activities and try them out themselves. Then see which sports or fitness routines they actively enjoy and encourage them to pursue them or attend more regularly!

Calm Your Kids Before Their First Big Game

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Kids love playing sports, and many love playing on their school’s soccer, basketball, or baseball team. I’m sure that yours will be no different! It gives them the chance to make new friends and learn how to be a team player. Not only that, but it also gives them a set of skills to work on outside the classroom. Training with the team will be heaps of fun for them, but things might change suddenly as they are just about to head onto the pitch or court for their very first big game competing. They could potentially get very nervous and start to worry about their ability. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can calm them down. Read on to find out all about them.

 

Start A Lucky Ritual

Lots of professional sports players have lucky rituals that they always do in the changing room before they go out to play a game or match. They might need to do some warm-up stretches in their custom soccer uniforms or listen to a certain song or playlist. Doing this same thing before each game is a way of bringing luck. So, you might want to introduce a kind of lucky ritual for your child. Get them to do something that they think might bring them a good fortune when out on the pitch.

 

Get Them To Do Some Visualization

Another great tip that many professional sports players use is visualization. In order to do this, you just need to encourage your child to think about playing the sport and a positive outcome. This can help to boost their confidence and banish any pre-game nerves that might be sneaking up. Visualization can also help show them exactly what they need to do to perform well out on the field or court.

 

Show Them Positive Videos

If you take a look on YouTube, you will see that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of motivational videos that each have their very own positive message. If you show a couple of these to your child, then they will start to feel a lot better about the upcoming game. They might even get them excited for it! A similar idea to this one is to play them some motivational music. Music has been scientifically proven to calm the nerves, and playing something like the theme tune to Rocky is sure to get them in the mood to play!

 

Don’t Worry Them

Did you know that parents can often stress out their children without meaning to? If you are worried about the game, for instance, then your child could quickly pick up on this and it could cause them to be stressed. So, try and calm your own nerves before trying to tackle your child’s. You could always try some deep breathing or any of the tips already mentioned in this post!

Do you have any other methods that you use to try to calm your child down before a big sports game? If so, I’d love to hear them!