FKids are encouraged to have 45-60 minutes of physical activity a day to keep a healthy balance in their lives. Many have far too much screen time eithertelevision, gaming or obsessing over social media. These activities serve to meet a need temporarily but their return on investment of time is
minisculeand, in some cases, add no value at all. Participating in sports on the other hand has many benefits that will impact directly on a child’s quality of life. It is known that physical activity triggers the release of endorphins in the brain. These chemicals boost your mood and helps prevent and relieve depression. When you change yourstate, you can change the way you feel.
Through playing sports children can cultivate meaningful relationships, they learn to be competitive, fair and honest. Teamwork and cohesion skills are learnt, and these will serve them well as they progress through their schooling careers, tertiary education and the workplace. They learn about
Leadership, accountability and how to deal with and process their emotions if they lose. Through sport they are encouraged to maintain a healthy diet as this will impact directly on their performance. Some kids go on to achieve sports scholarships or bursaries so there are even academic advantages to being active! I have watched my own kids on the sports field and it’s amazing to see the adrenalin when they play and the euphoria when they win and come together as a team to celebrate. What is more amazing is seeing the unwavering support and loyalty of the team to each other when they lose. They are encouraged to learn from the experience and as John C Maxwell says, “Fail Forward”.
As a life coach working with kids I see the virtual world that most live in today I always encourage them to play a sport, develop real friends that they can see and communicate with. This will also help them build great social skills.
By Nicole Kalicharan, Savuka Coaching
Life, Image & Study Skills Coach