Top 5 Sports For Kids
Top 5 Sports For Kids
In our technology advanced society, getting kids up and moving is not as easy as it used to be. Before the internet and the state of the art video games, kids simply came home from school, did their homework and then headed outside to play in the great outdoors. Now they often come home from school, do as little as possible and then sit down in front of a laptop, iPod, or whatever gaming device they may have.
It is thanks to this kind of behavior that so many countries are seeing a rise in childhood obesity. As a parent you need to put a stop to this kind of behavior, you need to do something now before they situation gets worse and carries on into adulthood. One of the best things to do to help combat this problem is to get your kid involved in some kind of sports. Honestly, that can be easier said than done in some cases because kids will fight with you about sports being boring. To combat that argument let’s take a quick look at the top 5 sports for kids.
One of the great things about swimming is that it is not only a sport; it is also a very important life skill. Knowing how to swim or even just knowing how to be safe around water prevents many water related deaths. However, learning how to swim provides kids with a great form of exercise that most consider fun. One of the best things about joining swimming as a sport is that it is something that can be done year-round, as long as your area and club has access to an indoor pool. To join swimming children simply need to be self-motivated, but enjoying the water is also a good trait.
With competitive swimming there are four main strokes that are swum in a series of races, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. There is also an event where all 4 strokes are swum in one race called the IM (Individual Medley). Swimmers can swim in individual events or they can swim in relays, making swimming both an individual sport and a team sport. Swim meets are swum in yards or meters, depending on the season. Events at the swim meet range from 25 yards or meters up to 1650 yards. Swimmers and coaches will determine what events your child should swim based on their abilities.
Children who wish to swim competitively can start as young as 4 years old, but in order to compete they will need to be able to swim from one end of the pool to the other completely unassisted. In order to join a swim team children will need to learn and master the basic strokes, some training will be given during practice. The great thing about swimming is that anybody can do it as different races require different skills. Swimmers will receive both an anaerobic and aerobic workout; dryland is often included as swimmers progress to certain levels.
We have suggestions for you if you are looking for swimming lessons in Malaysia:
- MySwim Academy around Petaling Jaya (in-house)
- Berenang Itu Best (BIB) Swimming in Jalan Padang, PJ Old Town
- Putrajaya Swimming Class in Palm Resort, Putrajaya
- Swimming Baby Malaysia in Shah Alam
- LA Swimming Centre in Klang
- Swim School International Asia in Jalan Padang, PJ Old Town
- Mantaray Swim Academy in Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam
- Master Swimming Academy in Jalan Tandang, PJ New Town
- Dolphin Swimming Academy in Bandar Warisan, Seremban
- Advanced Aquatics in the following locations:
- The Club@Bukit Utama, Mutiara Damansara
- Sri KDU School, Kota Damansara
- K Club, Taman Melawati
- Sri Damansara Club, Bdr Sri Damansara
- Valencia Township, Sg Buloh
- D’Club@The Peak, Cheras
- Sek Sri Suria, Hulu Langat
- Danau Golf Club, Bangi
- Mewah Club, Kajang
- Precinct 6 & 16, Putrajaya
- Cyberjaya Community Centre
- Putrajaya Pusat Maritim
- condos, homes
Even though the recommended age for children playing badminton is over 6 years old, that doesn’t mean that younger children cannot learn the skills and concepts behind the game. The point of badminton is to hit a shuttlecock over the net, so that their opponent cannot hit it back or return it. The game consists of three mini games until 21 points are scored.
To play badminton children need to have good hand-eye coordination, as well as focus. Agility also helps as their opponent is going to do what they can to ensure the shuttlecock doesn’t get put back into play, the faster they can react the better. The game can be played as singles or doubles and kids will need to have the proper equipment, including shoes and a racquet, as well as shuttlecocks to practice with. Badminton is a fast paced sport and the better kids get the more effort they will put forth.
We have suggestions for you if you are looking for badminton lessons in Klang Valley:
Football is probably the most popular sport for kids and is great if you are looking for a team sport. However, bear in mind that football is a contact sport, so injuries can and do occur. The entire point to American football is to get the football down into the end zone, either by running with the ball or passing the ball. In playing the game the team with possession of the ball has 4 attempts to move the ball 10 yards, if they fail to move the 10 yards possession of the ball changes hands.
Football can start at many different ages, but most leagues will not allow children to play until they are 5 years old. Children must also meet very strict weight standards based on their age. In order to play football children are going to need to be disciplined, as the plays can be quite involved. Speed and agility also come into play, as well as teamwork and great hand-eye coordination. Depending on the position being played, strength is also something children should have, as they need to be strong enough to tackle other players. Football requires quite a bit of gear, including pads, helmet, and mouth guards to name a few.
#4 Martial arts
Perhaps the greatest thing about martial arts is how many different styles there are to choose from. Kids going into martial arts can take their pick based on what style would suit them best. Karate and Kung Fu are considering a striking style, where kids will learn how to defend themselves through blocking, kicking, and punching. Jiu Jitsu is more of a grappling style, similar to wrestling. You also have Judo and Aikido that are considered throwing styles. Finally you have Kendo that is a weapons based form of martial arts and Tai Chi, which is a meditative style.
Martial arts can start as young as 4 years old, but how old your child has to be will vary based on where you are taking them. Children who excel in martial arts are the children who always want to learn new things; you just have to find the right style for them to learn. With martial arts children practice with a team and they compete with their team, but the competitions themselves are done as an individual. In martial arts competitions there are no team events. During practice children will practice with all different ages, in martial arts practice is broken up based on skill level not age requirements.
Almost every style of martial arts has different levels. Children will start out as beginners and will then work their way up through the different levels. Many styles use a color coded belt system to represent the different levels. Children will earn the belts after they demonstrate certain skills or pass certain requirements, what they must do will vary based on the style chosen. One of the great things about martial arts is it provides a fun workout; it combines cardio with strength training. Equipment necessary is minimal, most styles of martial arts simply require a uniform, but some will require protective gear. Training starts out slow, but as children progress training becomes more intense.
We have suggestions for you if you are looking for martial arts lessons in Klang Valley and Johor Bahru:
- Lara’s Place in Seksyen 17 Petaling Jaya – Wing Chun Kung fu
- Mr Taekwondo in Bandar Puteri Puchong – Taekwondo
- CK Taekwondo in Bandar Puteri Puchong – Taekwondo
- Renshinkan Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Dojo in Brickfield KL – Karate
- Elitez MMA Fitness Academy in Klang – Muay Thai, MMA, Brazillian Jiujitsu, Capoeira, Taekwondo
- Dragon Muay Thai in Bukit Bintang, KL – Muay Thai
- Lekir Fitness & MMA in Shah Alam – Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Seni Silat
- Kyokushin Karate Johor Bahru in Century Garden and Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru – Karate
- Dojo Seiken Shotokan Karate in Johor Bahru Town – Karate
- Ultimate MMA Gym in Mount Austin Johor Bahru – Muay Thai, MMA, Kids Self Defence
One of the best things about cycling is that it can be enjoyed by kids of a variety of ages. With younger children you cannot expect the same results and level of activity as older children, plus younger kids will require a bit more help. One of the great ways to get children to learn to love cycling is to expose it to them as a young child. Grab a bicycle trailer for younger children and take them on bike rides with you. Cycling provides both social and physical benefits for children. In terms of physical it will build up their leg strength, improve balance and coordination, but can also help with weight control. With social benefits children gain some self-discipline, as they learn how to ride and a boost to their self-esteem as they master the different skills necessary.
As your child gets older and a bit more independent, introduce them to cycling on their own. Children can start off with tricycles and as they get older progress to bicycles with training wheels. As they continue to grow and gain control over their balance, they can learn to ride a two wheeled bicycle without training wheels. Once they have developed a loving of cycling on their own, you can look into different ways to encourage it. Older children might benefit from a cycling team or even a cycling club where they can find others who share the same interests. If one doesn’t exist in your area you can create one.