When you think about enrolling your child in youth sports, you most likely think about how much fun they will have or how important it is for them to be physically active. What is often overlooked are the mental benefits kids receive from playing sports. Studies have shown that regular exercise during childhood helps children improve academic performance, behavior, and self-esteem. It has also proven to develop better attention and learning strategies, creativity, and mindset. Here are six mental benefits kids receive from playing youth sports.
Physical activity triggers brain chemicals that make your child feel happier and more relaxed. There are also social benefits in allowing your child to connect with teammates and friends in a recreational setting.
Regular physical activity helps keep key mental skills sharp as your child ages. This includes critical thinking, learning, and using good judgment.
Physical activity helps stimulate the production of endorphins, so by playing sports your child avoids getting bogged down by negative thoughts.
Being active by playing sports helps your child fall asleep faster and increases the amount of deep sleep they get, which is a key factor in their overall wellbeing.
Your child’s strength, skills and stamina will all begin to increase, leading to more confidence one and off the field or court!
Every child deserves to lead a happy and healthy life, and sports can play a huge role in that. Find a program near you and sign your child up today!