The importance of introducing sports practices from childhood

healthy tips kids lifestyle Jan 29, 2023

 By Sophia McDermott, Lifestyle Coach & Fitness Expert. 

In order to maintain a healthy and balanced life, some habits need to be integrated into the routine from an early age. A healthy balanced diet and physical activity are paramount and will help to establish those healthy habits for the rest of the child’s life.


Let's take a look at why this is so important for life long, overall health and wellness.


Improved motor coordination


In Early Childhood Education, it is important to include various sports activities in the students' routine, as at this time they are more able to learn and develop certain movements and skills. The consequence of the healthy practice of a variety of sports, results in better coordination, balance and agility as adults.


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physical strengthening


Sports are directly linked to people's physical development. In the case of children the practice of sports promotes the development of physical strength. Strength not just in the muscles, but in the ligaments and tendons also. Sports also help to create more dense bones so that the skeletal system is stronger also. 

People who have practiced sports since childhood have stronger and healthier muscles, supporting tissues and bone structures.


Good functioning of metabolism


Another advantage of playing sports even as a child is the guarantee of the proper functioning of the metabolism. Muscles are responsible for producing energy, since all fuel is processed in the mitochondria of the muscle cells.  Faster metabolism and increased energy not only helps with their biological processes such as better management of calories and the ability to flush out toxins, increased ability to fight off infection and viruses, but it also contributes to their learning inside and outside school. Sharper body, sharper mind.


Comprehensive training


By participating in one or more sports, children and young people develop technical skills and emotional and cognitive skills that are essential for life.

Particularly in group sports activities, children of all age groups learn to relate better with their peers and teachers, improve their reading and calculation-resolving skills, in addition to improving their memory and decision-making. Learning how to work together with others in team sports will help to foster how to work and participate with others later on in the workplace.

Single sports such as gymnastics helps to foster elements such as work ethic, motivation and self belief which are essential for success in anything in life. 


The benefits of sports on both a physical and mental level are outstanding. So let's encourage our young ones to participate in sports as much as possible and help build up all these characteristics that will help later on in life.