Following the highly successful Olympic Games held in London during the summer of 2012 there has never been a better time to embark upon a new sport.
Sport and fitness are important and it will pay off to encourage young people to join in and enjoy a new physical activity. We are being reminded by the government that obesity is a rising concern among young people due to the spread of technology. Computers, tablets, game consoles and mobile phones are occupying young minds to the extent that physical activity is a thing of the past to some people.
We need to inspire children and teenagers to love sports sooner rather than later because it is easier to become inspired at a younger age. If a love of fitness is instilled into the hearts and minds of young people they’ll be far more likely to go through life as a person who is passionate about exercise.
For the vast majority of children at school, sport can be tedious with perhaps the exception of football for the boys which appears to be timeless. Hockey and netball were the sports offered to school girls and boys were given the choices of football and rugby or cricket. Cross country for the winter and athletics for the summer when sports day took place. Sport does not need to end here – there are so many different activities that can be fun.
A sport can be so much more than a physical activity too. If you join a club then you’re going to stand a much better chance of meeting new people. Friendships can be forged, boosting confidence and broadening horizons.
Sport can be competitive although it does not have to be – it can be about skills and techniques. Trampolining is a great example of a sport that can be fun and physically challenging without putting unnecessary strain on the joints. Some sports are not physically draining but do involve mental agility and precision such as archery. Other sports are for the highly competitive which is why it’s a great idea to join a club of like-minded people. Examples of extremely competitive sports are squash, judo, cycling, swimming and boxing.
It is becoming a well-known fact that physical activity is important; there is even less emphasis upon diet as there is on physical activity. Due to safety and the increasing number of cars on the roads we are driving our children to school and other social events meaning walking is not as popular as it used to be. This results in only a few hours of physical activity being undertaken each week in some cases. Encouraging our children to take part in sport should be the responsibility of every parent and no greater gift can be given – this will become apparent in later life.