Beyond Sports- How to Keep Kids Active If They Don’t Like Team Sports
Team sports are a great way to help kids stay in shape and develop healthy habits, as they get older. However, not all kids enjoy playing organized sports. The trick to getting kids to be physically active is often getting them to do something they enjoy. With that in mind, here are five physical activities that will keep kids active if they don’t enjoy team sports.
- Bike riding. Riding a bike is a timeless activity that is also fun. Your child may find they enjoy leisurely rides through the streets, or more active rides down forest trails. Regardless, bike riding is fun, good exercise. Always remember to wear protective gear including a helmet when you ride a bike.
- Walking/hiking. The simplest activity can also be one of the healthiest. If your child doesn’t enjoy sports, you can keep them active simply by taking walks in the evening. If you live near a park, hiking along wooded paths can help them stay active while also enjoying the quiet of nature.
- Gymnastics. For children who don’t enjoy team sports, individual activities like gymnastics can be a fun alternative. Gymnastics helps kids build physical strength, flexibility and confidence.
- Dance. Whether it’s ballet, modern, or jazz, dance classes will keep your kids sweating, while also allowing them to express themselves creatively. Dance is fun and artistic and is also a rigorous physical activity.
- Swimming. Swimming is one of the best total body workouts kids (and adults too) can get. Jumping in the water and swimming can help kids who prefer not to play team sports stay fit.
Regardless of whether your child prefers team sports or activities like the ones listed above, physical activity is essential for childhood health. Finding something that your child really enjoys is the key to making sure that they stay healthy.