If as a child you loved playing sports and being active, then the chances are that you won’t understand why your children don’t enjoy playing sports. It can be hard to get your head around as most kids love being active, but what it’s important to understand is that all children are different. Just because your child doesn’t like sport, that doesn’t mean they’re weird or that there’s anything wrong with them, they just have different passions, that’s all.
That being said, while it’s totally fine for your kids not to like sport, it is important that they are active. Today, a lot of children are overweight and unhealthy because of it, so it’s important to ensure that your children get plenty of exercise, to help them to stay healthy. The question is, how should you go about getting them to be more active when they hate sports?
Don’t try and force them
The worst thing that you can do is try and force your child to join a sports team or take part in a certain activity. If you want your child to be more active, you can’t force them, as the chances are they will only end up resenting you for it and disliking exercise even more because of it. The good thing is that even if your child isn’t active at home, the chances are that he or she is active at school, especially at break times when they are running around with their friends.
Find activities that are unique
Just because your child isn’t a fan of certain sports, like football and hockey, that doesn’t mean that he or she won’t enjoy any activities. The key is to find activities that are more unique, and so, are seen as being more fun. Take rock climbing, for instance; it’s great for staying physically fit as it increases stamina and strength, but is also a lot of fun because it’s unique. Or, take horse riding, believe it or not, that’s also a great way to stay in shape. An activity that’s a lot of fun and burns a lot of calories is bubble soccer. Although it is a sport, because it’s played inside zorbing balls it’s more fun, and so it could be an activity that your child might love - it’s more about having fun than anything else.
Be an active family
Kids learn by what their parents do, so it’s important that you lead by example when it comes to staying active. If your children see that you are active and enjoy exercising, they are much more likely to be willing to do the same. Make an effort to be a more active family - go for bike rides, go swimming on the weekends, take long walks in the countryside. The more active you are as a family, the better, as then your child will get into the habit of being active and will be more likely to be healthy as an adult.
Remember, just because your child doesn’t like sport that doesn’t mean that they can’t be active. It’s just a case of finding simple ways to encourage them to lead a more active life.