Playing outdoor games does not just have long term health benefits but also teaches us teamwork, co-operation and the competitive spirit.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,
All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
Humans, by nature, have an instinct to play, just like we have an instinct to work.
So focusing solely on books won’t be enough for holistic development of your child. Parents should also encourage outdoor sports to make their children all-rounders.
Here are the few advantages of playing outdoor games:
1. Health Benefits
According to a WHO (World Health Organization) report that appeared in the Times of India in January, 2016 stated ‘22% of Indian kids are obese, face health risks.’ A lot of these health risks can be avoided if children make it a point for play outdoors regularly.
2. Learning to work in teams and groups
Team sports like cricket and football teach children the nuances of working in groups and teams to achieve a common objective – win. It teaches them co-operation, leadership and communication.
3. Experiencing Freedom
Children, while playing outdoors, feel in total control of their body and minds. This makes them discover their physical strengths and weaknesses by themselves.
4. Scope of Improvement
Once a child develops interest in a particular outdoor sport, he or she will try to improve in the same. Sachin Tendulkar didn’t become God of cricket in a day!
5. Appreciating Nature
While staying indoors and playing games on laptops, tablets and mobile phones, children tend to ignore the importance of nature around them. Outdoor activities and sports give them an opportunity to be closer to nature and experience the same.
There are many more advantages of playing outdoor games. We urge parents to encourage their children to take up at least one sporting activity. It has long term benefits that are hard to ignore.