During the winter time, there are plenty of sport options that involve snow and going outdoors where everyone can participate-even kids. Hopping onto a ski and reaching the mountaintop can be very exciting, as everyone gets prepared for a thrilling ride. If you plan to go out in the mountains with your kids to honour the season, there are numerous benefits your kids can reap from doing so supervised.
Here are some:
No 1: Boosting body awareness and coordination. Skiing and winter sports in general require a good amount of body awareness and coordination to be performed efficiently. You and your kids are taught how to use each body part e.g legs and hands separately and together with each other coordinated. That is a vital physical skill your kids should practice and winter sports can help.
No 2: Developing of confidence. Even though winter sports do bear a risk e.g falling, kids confidence will be boosted as they practice and learn to stand or sit still without tripping. They can also hold healthy competitions with siblings and peers to see how far they can go, and this further boosts their confidence.
No 3: Boosting of cardiovascular health. Winter sports make great cardiovascular exercises that boost circulation and speed up the metabolism for weight loss benefits. They also involve the coordination of various body muscles and this helps preserve their power and flexibility. Not to mention the benefits of breathing fresh air up in the mountains.
No 4: Boosting of dedication and persistence. In winter sports, it’s natural to make mistakes along your learning path and kids of course will learn to persist and be dedicated to overcome their fears and reach their goals e.g skiing without falling. Even if they fail the first time, you can encourage them to keep trying till they make it.
No 5: Supporting social skills. Some may not realize this but skiing is not only a sport for individuals, it’s a sport where others can take part as well. Every time your kid hops to a ski, there are also other fellow skiers of all ages nearby he should watch and respect to avoid any clashes. When he participates with friends or peers in a ski class, it can also encourage a healthy dose of competition and pride between those involved. Some winter sports like ice hockey require the formation of a team so that makes a great opportunity to develop a good sense of teamwork, responsibility, and acceptance of others.
No 6: Boosting mood. This one is obvious but there is actually a good reasoning behind it--skiing and similar winter sports build up excitement and anticipation and release endorphins in our systems instantly, which are hormones that brighten up our mood and makes us feel happier, even for a short period of time.
No 7: Enable respect and love for nature. It’s not just the nature of winter sports alone that matters development-wise. Kids should learn from a young age to respect and love the nature and what it can offer to them. If you live in a big city or area away from the nature, it would be wise to expose your kids to other forms of entertainment beyond the city limits. When we are taught from a young age to love nature and the environment, the nature rewards us too!
The only downside of winter sports for kids is that they can be a tad dangerous due to the chance of falling, but that risk is greatly minimized if they are supervised by an adult or trained and experienced instructor. There is little to lose and much to gain if we think about it...