Everyone talks about the importance of fitness and exercise for kids – including us. Today let’s discuss the benefits of sports for students. Playing a sport is a great way for children to take a break from academics and release pent-up energy. It also helps them lead fuller and happier lives as regular sports and fitness activities have proven to provide not only physical benefits but also social and psychological benefits to children.
Below, we have compiled a comprehensive list of the benefits of sports for students and what your child will gain by playing sports or indulging in regular physical activity. By the end of this article, you will be enrolling your kid in a fitness program for sure!
Self-confidence and self-esteem
Several studies suggest playing sports develops a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem. A pat on the back, high-five from a teammate, or handshake after a match really boosts a child’s confidence. Words of praise and encouragement from the coach, parents and other players raise the self-esteem. An important thing to remember is that a child’s self-esteem should not be distinguished by victory or loss. Constructive criticism is key to children accepting and working on their weaknesses. It also helps when you ask ‘did you enjoy the game?’ rather than “did you win?”
We know how emotions run high in sports – whether watching a sport or playing it. Channeling negative emotions can be tough for children and a good coach will help them realize how negative emotional stress could hurt their performance. Such wisdom ingrained earlier on in life will help them deal with other life challenges later on.
Every sport requires some mental, physical and tactical discipline. Following rules, obeying the coach, practicing restraint, etc. are all forms of discipline children learn through sports. Discipline enables people to reach their full potential and realize their goals – a trait prevalent in all successful people.
Kids playing sports learn to interact not only with kids their age in sports grounds, but also with the older and younger players on the team, the coach, sports authorities, etc. They also develop a sense of belonging and get an opportunity to make new friends. These communication and social skills help them in their future relationships and careers.
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Reduced risk of obesity
The more active a person is, the more calories the person will burn. Fitness helps in preventing fat to be accumulated in the body and reducing the risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases.
Increased cardiovascular fitness
The heart is a muscle. And just like other muscles, its performance and endurance improves when regularly challenged with physical exercise. The heart becomes stronger and more efficient when children play sports. A strong heart means a reduced risk of heart disease.
Physical stress caused by exercise helps muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones to become healthier and stronger. The bone density also increases, reducing the risk of osteoporosis – a condition which makes the bones porous and fragile.
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Participating in athletics has been known to improve the cognitive and memory functions of the brain, helping kids perform better in tests and academics. Further, traits such as discipline and perseverance also play an important part in better academic performance.
Find their passion
Some kids who perform exceptionally well in a sport and enjoy it thoroughly decide to turn their talent into their passion and career. Such passion gained early on helps them develop their focus and work towards achieving their dream.
Sports has definitely become an integral part of a child’s life. From managing emotions to developing social skills, from fitness to academic growth, sports definitely plays an important role in the holistic development of a child.