Why you should be glad if your teenager is sporty.

There are so many reasons why you should encourage your child to remain sporty especially in their teenager years

Parents know how important it is for their children to exercise regularly and the many advantages of physical training on the body and the soul but once your child turns into a teen it can be harder to encourage them to continue taking part in team games. However, there are so many reasons why you should encourage your child to remain sporty especially in their teenager years when they are impressionable and could potentially fall into trouble. Here are some reasons why you should be glad if your child is sporty and continue to keep up the good work!
  • Builds self-confidence- Taking part in sports builds your teenagers self-confidence and can build a real sense of belief in their abilities while proving that they have determination to succeed. At a time when teens are somewhat pressurised due to school or home life sports can offer some respite from life and this only can help your teens mental health.
  • Research shows sporty kids do better in school- Some people would believe that a child taking part in sports would not be able to keep their education to a high standard however this is not always the case. Research shows that teenagers actually do better in school if they are sporty and reinforces the need for your child to take part in extracurricular activities.
  • Encourages team bonding and team work- Team bonding and team work are so important as it shows a teenager how to work together to achieve a certain goal. Bonding between teammates means your teen will always have friends and will enjoy spending time with likeminded people who could become lifelong friends.
  • The many obvious health benefits exercise brings- It is recommended that kiddies have 30 minutes of exercise each day but when your teen is sporty they will cover that and more on a daily basis. Between training, matches or whatnot your teen will be healthier because of their fitness regime.
  • Keeps them occupied- Teenagers can become bored, lazy and therefore may get into trouble if they aren’t fully occupied outside of school but if they are sporty they will be busy most of the time. During the summer your teen will need to keep up their fitness so they may avoid eating junk food or getting into smoking or drinking as they will prefer to stay healthy and fit.
  • Enhances a keep fit mentality- Exercise doesn’t only ensure your teenager is fit physically but it can also keep your teen mentally fit and healthy which is just as important. Having a sport to enjoy can de-stress your teenager and they can use their exercise regime as a way to blow off steam instead of letting it fester in on them which in this day and age can only be a good thing.
  • Gives them a sense of purpose and shows commitment- A team gives anyone a sense of belonging and a purpose, which in a teenager’s cases is paramount to their mental health. Committing to a sport in the long term shows tenacity, dedication and commitment which shows potential future colleges or employers of your teens ability to manage their time efficiently and juggle successfully.   
Written by Emma Hayes, staff writer with Family Friendly HQ


Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes is a busy mum to two girls aged 17 and 11 and is married to her childhood sweetheart.

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