Fun Team Sports for Parent and Child Fitness

Does your family need more fitness time? Playing together is a great way to stay close while staying in shape. Fitness is important for all ages, and parents are the best role models when it comes to establishing a healthy lifestyle. This guide will recommend a few great sports that the entire family can enjoy – these games make it easy to turn television nights into team sport afternoons.

Competitive Sports to Bolster Confidence

Sometimes a little bit of competition is just what a family needs to find fitness motivation. The feeling of winning (and learning how to lose gracefully) are very important to a child’s confidence and can help families feel closer for the experience. We love soft-competition games like tennis, where scorekeeping isn’t nearly as important as the physical interaction.

Basketball is another game that provides a competitive edge. This sport is ideal in the common family situation where the kids are a little more physically capable than the adults are; kids will have to do more running to get in position to shoot, while parents can work on playful defense and long-distance shots.

Team Sports to Bring the Whole Family Together

Competition isn’t right for every family. Younger children and children who are less active might feel better playing as a family team. Soccer is one game that, while traditionally fairly competitive, can be played without any competition at all – if the entire family is playing on the same team, everybody can work together to get the ball in the goal. Basketball can be adapted in a similar way.

Are you looking for something a little more structured? Martial arts can be a great sport that the entire family can enjoy. Martial arts teachers always love to have a few extra adults around even in group classes, but individual family classes are available in many areas as well. Your kids will learn confidence and respect, and you’ll learn a few cool moves that are sure to impress the younger ones. Every type of martial arts has the potential to unleash a powerful workout as well. The room for advancement gives kids something to get excited about week after week.

Don’t forget to pack a few healthy snacks! A day of physical activity can drain energy from children just as much as it can drain energy from parents. Fresh fruits, hearty sandwiches, and veggie snack packs can make halftime and post-game feasts even more fun. Good nutrition goes hand in hand with fitness.

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What Team Sports Can Teach Your Child

e all want the best for our children. We want them to be strong and healthy, achieve their full potential and above all be happy and contended with their lives. But life isn’t always perfect and our children need to develop resources to enable them to cope with the knocks that life will send their way.

Let’s look at the important lessons team sports can teach your child:

– Commitment. Many teams will only pick players who commit to regular training. They need players to be dedicated, train regularly and turn up when and wherever required. Commitment means being loyal and demonstrating that being a member of the team is important.

– Competitive spirit. Firstly, with other team members in order to gain a place on the squad and secondly against the opposing team, through showing effort and determination to win the match.

– Compromise. Sometimes passing the ball to another child and giving them the opportunity to achieve glory is necessary; an appreciation that being part of a team means compromising self-interest and allowing another player who is better placed to take the shot. It is an important lesson in understanding the bigger picture, not just individual success.

– Rejection. Coping with not being picked, with others being chosen on occasion. The skill is in not taking rejection personally but instead becoming confident enough to persevere. Use rejection as a way to obtain feedback and improve rather than become de-motivated and give up.

– Learn to lose with a good grace. Not everyone can be a winner and doing ones best, competing to the best of ones ability whilst still losing happens at times. Being able to appreciate how well the other team has performed and congratulate them with genuine good humour or even on occasion deal with bad decisions is a valuable lesson for later life.

– Observe how adults handle themselves in competitive situations. Children look to their parents as role models, examples of how adults behave. Witnessing first hand how their parents behave, their manners, levels of restraint and general demeanour at sports events is a valuable experience.

Passion and enthusiasm, love of sport and winning are all important aspects of life. But so too is enjoying the game, the joy of doing ones best, the buzz from playing well, even if the result is not what was hoped. That and learning to cooperate and co-exist with others are all valuable skills learned from participating in team sports.

Susan Leigh is a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist

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