Useful Tips for Motivating Boys to be Active in Sports

Photo by swong95765 via Flickr
Photo by swong95765 via Flickr

Boys can be quite energetic.

Unfortunately, not every kid knows how to use his own pent up energy. Oftentimes, boys default to sit-down activities such as surfing the internet or playing computer games. Now don’t put too much on hate on technology because it can be very beneficial to your son’s cognitive skills. But in order for your kid to grow, he also needs some physical activities. If you feel that your child needs more time outdoors rather than sitting on the couch, try these three tips to entice him to start a more physically active lifestyle:
1. Grab the gear

Buying the right sports equipment is not just for vanity purposes. Having the right garb is very important if you want him to stay safe and comfortable while playing. If he plans to play on a soccer team this summer vacation, he needs to get a soccer shirt and shorts that can wick sweat away from his body. He also needs a special type of footwear that can help him balance while he’s running in the field. With the right gear, you won’t have to worry too much about his safety, and your son will also feel more comfortable and confident.

2. Simplicity is Key

When introducing an active lifestyle to your children, remember that keeping the activities simple is a good way to start. Keep in mind that your kid doesn’t have to be an Olympic superstar at a very young age. In addition, there are some boys who find it hard to enjoy an organized team activity. Simple activities such as jogging, cycling, or playing outdoors can keep them in good shape.

3. Travel with your own feet

Most modern families tend to use their cars to go from point A to point B because it saves a lot time. But why not try to walk or bike when doing various errands? Cycling towards the nearest convenience store might take longer, but it can surely liven up a simple task. In addition, not using your car can also save up on your gas prices and reduce your carbon footprint.

Got any practical tips that you can share? If so, feel free to drop by the comments section below and join the discussions!

 Today’s post was written in collaboration with Tesco. 

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