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Sports for children: examples and benefits of sports

Sports for children:

Children aged 6 years and over need daily moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes, in order to enhance the motor skills of bones and muscles, and to reduce the time the child spends sitting or lying down.

While it is recommended that children between the ages of 3 to 5 years be encouraged to engage in physical activity throughout the day in order to develop their growth and development, this could include simple activities such as those practiced at school, such as: riding a bike, jumping rope, or even Dance to the music.

Examples of sports for children:

1. Running:

Running is one of the simplest sports activities that can be done, as it suits children's energies that may seem unlimited, in addition to the child's ability to exercise outside, ie outdoors or indoors in gyms or others.

Running exercise can be combined with other activities or done in different ways, as the child can run with his knees raised, that is, raise them toward the chest alternately, or run while kicking the heels towards the buttocks.

2. Jump:

Jumping is an easy exercise for the child as well, as jumping builds muscle strength, increases cardiovascular fitness and increases endurance. The child can practice jumping in the following ways:

  • Jumping over an obstacle: jumping from side to side, front to back, or vice versa as if there is an imaginary threshold or barrier.
  • One-footed jumping: Lift one knee up and jump with the other foot, then switch between them.
  • Jumping with bent knees: Bend the knees and raise the heels while jumping.

3. Squatting:

This exercise helps build muscle strength in the leg and prepares the child's body for all kinds of sports and other fitness activities. You can encourage your child to perform squats by counting the number of times he can squat in short periods of time not exceeding 30 seconds.Make sure that the child's knees are straight with his feet and do not bend them excessively.

Benefits of sports for children:

A child's commitment to sports has many benefits, including:
  • Reducing anxiety.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Increased sense of self-satisfaction.
  • Laying the foundation for a healthy future life.
  • Improving and developing the child's thinking and memory skills.
  • Helping you sleep better at night.
  • Reduce the risk of depression.
  • Building muscles and maintaining healthy bones and joints.

A way to encourage your child to exercise:

  1. Play sports together, where you can participate in cycling or playing ball.
  2. Using a pedometer may encourage the child to exercise.
  3. Choosing a suitable place to exercise increases your child's enthusiasm.
  4. Make your daily hour of exercise a combination of several exercises and divide this hour into intervals during the day.

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