There are some pretty troubling statistics about American children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three kids are overweight and/or obese. Moreover, doctors diagnose one in 10 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), WebMD writes. Thankfully, there is a single solution to both of these problems (and more!). Encouraging kids to stay active and take part in sports can make all of the difference. What are the benefits of regular exercise and sports in children? And how can parents healthfully and constructively encourage children’s interests?
Playing Sports Benefits Kids In Many Different Ways
The benefits of playing sports are physical, emotional, and intellectual. Regular activity will, of course, help kids stay in an average weight range, which can ultimately have lifelong health benefits. Children and people of all ages who are a healthy weight have a much lower chance of developing serious health problems, for example. Moreover, kids who play sports and stay active test better than their peers (test scores are 30% higher on average), they generally have higher self-esteem than their sedentary peers, and kids who exercise are more likely to be well-behaved. Exercise even helps manage ADHD symptoms!
Parents, Here’s What You Can Do
As a parent, your challenge is to encourage children taking part in sports — but doing so in a way that isn’t too controlling or pushy (that may ultimately deter kids anyway). One of the simplest ways to do that is to give kids small rewards or custom gifts, celebrating their favorite sport. Whether that means custom basketball wall decals, softball necklaces, softball tees, soccer socks, or lacrosse ornaments, the important thing is to subtly encourage kids’ interests and achievements in their sport of choosing.
Taking part in sports and regular activity is important for all children — and ultimately their physical and emotional well-being. Encourage participation in sports with some well-chosen custom gifts, and help kids perform better at school and in life.