If you have kids, finding ways to keep them active can be a challenge. Especially if your children enjoy staying inside and using technology during the day, convincing them to get outside and move their bodies can be a challenge.
One way you can overcome this issue is if you participate in physical activity with your children, and a great way to do this is through sports. But while not all sports are going to be easy for beginners to try out, there are a few great places to start when trying new sports with your kids.
To help you know where to begin, here are three fun sports to try with your kids.
Pickleball is a sport that has been growing in popularity over the years. In a cross between badminton, ping pong, and tennis, pickleball is a great sport for kids and families that already have decent hand-eye coordination. Otherwise, you and your kids might have a hard time keeping the game going.
As long as you have access to a pickleball court, which many communities have, there’s very little equipment you need to play pickleball. All you require is a few pickleballs, which are like smaller, harder wiffle balls, and a pickleball paddle. While you can get pickleball-specific shoes and other accessories, starting off with just the basics is great.
In the beginning, you and your kids can just get used to hitting the ball over the net. But once you get the hang of this, you can start playing games together and sticking a little more closely to the rules.
For even the smallest of communities, a bowling alley is one of the staples of the entertainment part of the community. Knowing this, choosing to go bowling as a way to get some physical activity for your family is likely available to most of us.
While you might not think of bowling as being an incredibly active sport, picking up the heavy ball and throwing it down the lane can help to build up your child’s muscles. And, if you choose to dance in celebration when someone does well, you can get even more exercise. Just make sure you take care to protect your kids from potential harm to their elbows, wrists, and shoulders if they try using a ball that’s too heavy for them.
Tumbling is likely something your kids already try to do around your house or in your own backyard. But to really take this to the next level, you and your family can try visiting a gym in your area to try some real tumbling moves. Things like bouncing on a trampoline, leaping into a foam pit, or trying to balance on bars can be great additional stunts to add to things like somersaults, cartwheels, and flips.
If you’re wanting to encourage your family to be more active together, consider trying some of the above-mentioned sports with your kids.