The Center for Disease Control estimates that the obesity rate of children in America is at least three times higher than it was in the 1970’s. This is not hard to understand. The world has become scarier, in that parents no longer let kids leave the house alone on their bike, go on unknown adventures all day, and come back at night. In addition to having less outdoor time, children have a plethora of electronic devices to ensure a sedentary lifestyle that did not exist prior to the 1990’s. In addition, kids are eating more and sleeping less.
As parents, it is important to understand the negative impact that obesity and an inactive lifestyle can have on children’s current and future physical and emotional health. While we cannot go back to the days when children could freely play outside on their own—and we can’t un-ring the bell of technology—there are things parents can do to introduce more activity into their lives.
The Benefit of Team Sports
Baseball, basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, and lacrosse are just a few of the team sports that schools offer to kids. In addition to the social and collaborative nature of team sports, your kids can benefit from the consistent rituals of getting out of the house and going to practice and games. Establishing a culture of physical activity in these sports as early as possible can put your child on a healthier path.
In addition to sports teams offered at your children’s school, the YMCA of the Triangle offers numerous seasonal team sports for kids of all ages, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and t-ball.
Discover Your Child’s Passions
Beyond team sports, there are many individual sports to offer to your child. Examples include track and field, swimming, martial arts, golf, or tennis. A benefit of starting kids out in a variety of sports is that they may discover a sport they excel at, or that they can really get passionate about. Your child does not have to be the next Michael Phelps, Tiger Woods, or Serena Williams to develop a love for a sport that they can continue to enjoy throughout their lives.
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Carly G. Baker
New Direction Family Law