Individual Summer Sports for Kids
For kids, summer can be the most wonderful time of the year. School’s out, and their schedules are free and clear. Yet, without structured classes or extracurricular activities, it’s easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. So, how can parents keep children moving?
Luckily, you don’t need a team or a coach to be active. Here are three sports that can be performed alone and require minimal equipment.
Described as a recreational sport, skateboarding was made popular by teenagers and young adults in the 1970s. Deeply rooted in California beach culture, it’s become an international phenomenon. Skateboarding can be fun and relaxing, but it’s also a beneficial workout. Riders can improve their cardio, while developing better balance and coordination. Plus, they’ll strengthen multiple muscle groups including the abdominals, glutes and hamstrings.
Skateboarding skills can transfer over into other seasonal sports. When cold weather approaches, try shifting from the pavement to powder with snowboarding. It requires similar movement and provides many of the same benefits.
Inline skating is another popular pastime that can be performed alone, in or outdoors. Like skateboarding, it hinges on balance, coordination and core strength. Yet, it’s considered a low-impact exercise making it much easier for beginners. The leg movement is smoother and more fluid as it activates the calves, shins, glutes and hamstrings.
For smaller children, roller skates (also known as quad skates) may be a better option. Weight is evenly distributed through the foot and there’s a rubber stopper added to prevent falls. In general, roller skates have limited speeds but offer better stability.
BMX (bicycle motocross) is a competitive sport that includes both traditional and freestyle racing. The latter of which emphasizes creative stunts and tricks. It’s a high-octane activity that’s often performed off-road on small or moderate sized hills. The specific terrain depends on the child’s comfort and skill level.
Notably, BMX can help to increase strength, improve posture and keep the heart healthy. It also provides a positive outlet for those seeking a way to channel excess energy.
With all these activities, wearing a helmet is a mandatory safety precaution. Read up on how helmets protect your head and brain.
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