There is a strong chance your city offers a free park with tennis courts. If there isn’t a park nearby, many schools also have tennis courts. A strong aerobic sport, tennis is a full-body workout! For younger children, the short games fit well with their stamina levels and attention span. Plus, unlike the major four league team sports, you child is the star of every play.
Tennis is a sport like golf, where not only is physical fitness taught, but also social grace and etiquette. Williams’ sisters aside, tennis programs teach children how to be a fair sport, accept wins and losses with a smile, and body control. Plus, hitting a tennis ball just right makes a cool sound! Inexpensive rackets can be found at sporting goods and mega-marts. With relatively low equipment costs, tennis is an affordable option for a youth sport.
The frequency of obesity in children is growing at an alarming rate. As parents, it is up to us to not only teach our children to eat correctly, but develop a life long passion for physical exercise. Don’t be surprised if your child wants to try out a few different sports, after all, variety is the spice of life. If the most popular youth sports of baseball, basketball, football, or soccer don’t appeal to your child, try offering a more individual sport. Even if he or she isn’t on a team, your child will make social contact with other players and reap many of the same benefits of league sports.