The habit of practicing a physical activity or a sport should be taught to children from an early age. The list of benefits is long. The improvement of learning processes and academic performance is an example.
The benefits of a mind sport in children
In general, when discussing the contributions of sports activities, one immediately thinks of improvements from a physical point of view. In reality, it is not just the body that benefits, the mind is strengthened, perhaps even more than the muscles.
Sports training and competitions facilitate social integration among children. We share experiences and interests among people of the same age. Increases independence and the ability to deal with situations.
All within a context in which children must comply with rules and regulations. These are aspects that go beyond sport and that will help them develop fully in the life of the community.
Children who practice sports, with the assistance of coaches and family members, overcome shyness and low self-esteem. Furthermore, the levels of attention and concentration increase as well as the storage capacity.
Sport as a synonym for good health
Combined with a balanced diet (another habit that should be taught from an early age without extremes), the constant physical activity allows for excellent physical fitness.
For example, two of the benefits of practicing sport from an early age are: increasing breathing capacity and activating growth glands.
Learning processes work through two channels: movement and senses. Therefore, from birth, making children move is vital for the correct development of the musculoskeletal system.
Physical benefits of sport for children
For many adults, the main reason for practicing a sport is to strengthen the body by increasing muscle mass, strength, and endurance.
It is also about strengthening the internal organs, especially the heart. There are no big differences with children, beyond the specific aspects that affect every age.
An ally in the battle against overweight
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers obesity a global problem. The situation is more dramatic in highly developed countries with solid economies.
The figures for overweight children and adolescents are alarming. According to the data, there are more than 42 million children living with this dangerous health condition. Of this figure, 83% were born in the “first world” and the most affected are aged between 5 and 17 years.
This situation has become one of the main causes that have encouraged the practice of sport for children. But often, unfortunately, this is a task that is left in the hands of the teachers and the school.
It is a job that should start at home and be supported by the media that have a lot of influence on people.
Sports-based on age
There are sports activities that children perform spontaneously or intuitively when they learn to walk. As their capacities, both mental and physical, grow and mature, they can engage in more complex activities.
Pediatricians insist that children must be active at least three hours a day from the first year. Recommended activities up to five years include cycling, running and jumping and water games.
After six years, moderate exercise routines (60 minutes) can be started two or three times a week. With the exception of activities such as archery (from the age of 12), children can practice any sport. The important thing is that the little ones have fun and make the most of these activities. Remember that exercise, especially during childhood, should not be experienced as an obligation.