You might say “to get exercise” and you’d be right. To have fun? That’s true, too. But there’s more. In fact, there are at least 5 more reasons.
- Kids who play sports do better in school.
You might think that athletics will take up all your study time. But research shows that kids who play sports do better in school than those who don’t. Exercise improves learning, memory, and concentration, which can give active kids an advantage in the classroom.
- Kids who play sports learn teamwork and goal-setting skills.
Sports teaches valuable life skills. When you work with coaches, trainers, and teammates to win games and achieve goals, you’re learning how to be successful. Those skills will serve you well at work and in family life.
- Sports are good for a kids health.
In addition to being fit and maintaining a healthy weight, kids who play sports are also less likely to smoke.
- Playing sports boosts self-confidence.
Kids who play sports feel better about themselves. Why? It builds confidence when you know you can practice, improve, and achieve your goals. Sports are also a feel-good activity because they help kids get in shape, maintain a healthy weight, and make new friends.
- Exercise cuts the pressure.
Playing sports can lessen stress and help you feel a little happier. How? The brain chemicals released during exercise improve a person’s mood. Friends are another mood-lifter. And being on a team creates tight bonds between friends. It’s good to know your teammates will support you — both on and off the field!