From an early age, children have a natural urge to move. They love jumping, running, climbing and romping around – children simply enjoy sport and are important for physical development. A multitude of different sports prevents boredom in the first place and gets both the body and the brain going.
Sports for children
Children learn about movement. Exercise promotes the posture of children, the core muscles are strengthened and thus back problems can be prevented even in childhood. In keeping with the motto “If you rest, you rust”, sport is of course also important for parents.
In addition to the role model function, shared sports experiences can also strengthen the cohesion of the family. Climbing mountains with a mountain bike, speeding through the fields with inline skaters or just playing catch – everything is more fun together, this also applies to sports. And don’t be disappointed if your youngsters suddenly leave you behind in a race – children who have been playing sports from an early age are in good condition and are extremely competitive.
If your child can emerge as a proud winner, their self-esteem is also boosted at the same time. For this reason, team sports in particular are a good opportunity for children to develop the ability to work in a team. Social skills are learned in a playful way in a group – and defeats are much easier to deal with together than alone. That also strengthens the team spirit.
Since children are usually not yet able to realistically recognize and assess possible dangers, it is important that parents, teachers or trainers provide assistance. Safety is an important aspect of healthy sport, but children also have to fall, of course within a safe framework. This is the only way they can develop the right body awareness for balance and experience their environment.
However, it is important that children always wear the right equipment for the respective sport so that small accidents do not have long-term consequences. In some sports such as cycling, running cycling, skiing or inline skating, a crash helmet is an absolute “must”.
Since children are still in the middle of their physical development phase, the selection of suitable shoes is also an important criterion for successful sport. Pressing shoes are not only uncomfortable and a hindrance to competitions, they can also have a negative effect on the development of the feet. The best thing to do here is to seek advice from a sports retailer, where the children’s feet can also be measured and the right sports shoe can be found.
Which sport is suitable for which child?
The fun and adventure factor for the child should always be in the foreground. The first movement experiences with baby swimming can be gained in infancy. Small children love to move around to music, there are also offers for parent-child gymnastics and pekin, in everyday life slide cars and from around two years of age also exercise bikes, with which children can learn coordination very well and thus themselves also make it easier to switch to bicycles later.
From the age of 5, children can try out a wide range of sports so that their sporting inclinations can be recognized. Even if many boys would like to lift weights with their dad in the gym – this should be an absolute taboo until puberty, because it could have harmful effects on children’s growth processes.
Classic boy and girl sports
By the way: Children build muscles automatically during sport and with almost every type of sport, specific muscle training with weights is completely superfluous here. Traditionally, football is still very popular with boys, with girls dancing and horse riding. Of course, the interest in certain sports is also related to the interests of friends, children often want to try out sports that their best friend already does with enthusiasm.
Versatility is completely okay, because every sport also has a different effect on the body. Whether judo, tennis , hockey, athletics, handball or ballet, every type of movement promotes the development of motor skills and can help to relieve stress or frustration at school.