Being a parent brings a whole lot of joy into our lives, but it brings with it a lot of responsibility too. One of our primary concerns, of course, is to ensure that our children grow up fit and healthy, which is why it’s important that we adopt a healthy and nutritious diet for all the family to follow. Introducing your kids to a sport can also bring great dividends health-wise in later life, but in today’s high-tech age, it isn’t always easy to tear them away from a seat and a screen. Don’t worry, here are three sports that girls and boys will love, and that can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle now and for years to come.
Cycling is a great sport for children to enjoy because it provides a complete cardiovascular workout, as well as exercising the arms and, especially, legs. Children of all ages love to cycle, and that’s because it gives them a sense of freedom and excitement that they’ll later experience when they start to drive. At first, of course, you’ll want to cycle alongside them, but as they grow older, they’ll be able to cycle with friends to quickly reach neighborhood locations that they would otherwise have to rely on public transport for. When introducing your children to the joys of cycling, you’re also opening up a whole new world for them and allowing them to take a fresh look at the beautiful countryside that America has to offer.
You may think of golf as an old person’s game, but nothing could be further from the truth. Many golf clubs now encourage children to use their facilities and to become junior members, and a love of golf gained in childhood will last a lifetime. You can find family-friendly and beginner’s courses listed on the Golfer Hill website, and you’ll find that local clubs are happy to talk to you about the opportunities for children. Golf is a great sport to watch, but it’s even better to participate in; it promotes hand-eye coordination, and a typical 18-hole round of golf as an adult can burn over a thousand calories.
Swimming is not only great for your health and lots of fun – it can also be an important life skill. When your children are taught to swim and taken swimming regularly at an early age, they’ll always be confident in and around water, and that can be a lifesaving skill. It’s another activity that provides a work out for the whole body too, and swimming in the local pool with family and friends can also be a very therapeutic experience. Another advantage is that it costs relatively little to participate in swimming and there’s no expensive equipment to purchase.
Cycling, swimming and golfing are just three sports that children will love, but there are plenty of others too, from soccer to skating and tennis to tae kwon do, so talk to your kids and find the one that’s right for them. Introducing your children to sports is not only a great way to get them in great shape and health it can also increase the all-important bonds between you and them, so it could be the best thing you ever do.