Let’s define that physical education and sports are not the same thing. Studying for yourself or studying for medals are completely different things. What these two concepts of “physical education” and “sport” have in common is what means are used for this, mainly physical exercises and games.
They differ in setting goals: they do physical education to be healthy, and sports – for the sake of achievements, results, victories. Physical education is aimed at correcting physical deficiencies, and sports is aimed at developing physical virtues.
The sports training process, even the most professionally staged, still contributes to the wear and tear of the body. And often the development of physical qualities is carried out at the expense and to the detriment of others – intellectual and moral. Recently, it has already been officially recognized that sports, especially professional and children’s, have side effects. And, nevertheless, it is children who become the main object of sports coaches. By the way, natural selection, peculiar to our world, also operates in children’s sports, as a result of which weak children are eliminated as unpromising, and physically healthy people who are able to withstand heavy physical exertion suffer the most.
It is not necessary to make an Olympic champion out of a child. It is quite enough that he is just physically prepared and busy all the time. Thus, it is possible to protect him from the harmful influence of the street and have a beneficial effect on his health.
After thinking everything over properly, you can send your child to the sports section. The most important thing remains: to decide which section to go to. In order to simplify the task of choosing, we will note some positive and negative aspects in the most common sports available to the age of an older preschooler.
Wrestling, martial arts – from the age of 5-6 (Aikido, judo, sambo, boxing, karate, etc.). These sports disciplines will contribute to the development of movement accuracy, reaction, flexibility. It is extremely important for a boy to be able to stand up for himself and his friends. The main thing is that the martial art does not turn into just a banal waving of arms and legs. A teacher, as a senior mentor, should bring a certain philosophy to children, and not just develop aggression in the souls of the children being taught.
Gymnastics – from 3-4 years old (sports or artistic). Gymnastics promotes the development of flexibility and grace, beauty, precision of movements and creative perception of the world. Flexible and slender figures usually seduce the parents of girls. A beautiful sport, dexterous and calculated movements are pleasing to the eye, but bruises, sprained ligaments and muscles, dislocated joints are not the whole list of injuries characteristic of this sport. But it is quite possible to offer your daughter to do, for example, dancing or rhythmics, which also develop the same qualities, and there are much fewer negative consequences for the child.
Power sports: – from 14-16 years old.
Weightlifting, bodybuilding and everything related to them should be completely excluded. While your child’s body is still growing, you should not abuse it by overloading it. Flexible and not fully formed children’s bones and joints already experience a lot of stress during the growth of the child, and therefore it is not necessary to load them even more. Strength sports can be started at the age of fourteen or sixteen. You will not achieve any results before, but you will most likely harm the child’s health.
Swimming – from 3-4 years old. One of the most useful sports. There is no need to even argue about its positive influence – there is only one benefit. Parents of girls may be a little alarmed by the broad shoulders of professional swimmers, but this is if they practice professionally in the hope of Olympic gold, and swimming a couple of times a week will affect the children’s figure only for the better and the health benefits will be huge.
Team sports – from 5-6 years old (basketball, volleyball, football, hockey, etc.). Of course, injuries, as in all sports, are present here. But team sports have one advantage. Parents should think about how socially adapted their child is. If he did not go to kindergarten, but was brought up at home, then this is another chance for him to learn how to communicate with peers and develop a team spirit. Well, if your child already freely converges with people, for him these classes will become an additional pleasant event.
Athletics – from the age of 5-6 (running, javelin throwing, walking, long jump, high jump, etc.). Of course, a five– to seven-year-old child admitted to the section will not be immediately put to push the core or run a marathon. He will be taught proper breathing, setting his feet when running and walking, which is very important so that when playing catch-up on the playground, he does not get injured.
Skiing – from 7-8 years. Humanity, which has been striving for a comfortable life in big beautiful cities for so many years, has become an object of urbanization (an increase in the share of the urban population). Not every city has the opportunity to go skiing. The pedestrian roads of the streets are sprinkled with salt in winter, the snow melts, barely touching the ground. This, of course, is not bad, but not for skiers. You are very lucky if you live near a forest or at least a park. In this case, there is most likely a ski section in your area. If not, then for the weekend it is quite possible, having gathered the whole family, to go out of town on skis. A walk in nature with loved ones and people close to the child will bring him, and you too, much more pleasure and benefit than even the most professional sports section.
Lawn tennis – from the age of 5. A sport that has become very fashionable lately, and therefore very expensive. If wealth allows, then why not: dexterity, quickness of reaction, the ability to win and, importantly, to lose has not hurt anyone yet. If the family budget is very limited – do not worry, athletics, football, and many other sports will help to develop the same qualities.
As a rule, at each kindergarten and at each school now there are free (or with a symbolic fee) sections where your child will be given the necessary attention. If, for some reason, there are no such sections, you can run around in the morning with the whole family, pour cold water, observe the correct diet, etc. The main thing is that the loads must be systematized, regular. If you run every morning during your vacation, on workdays twice a week (and then under the pressure of the urgent requests of the baby), and during the blockage at work you get so tired that you forget to think about a healthy lifestyle, it’s better not to start at all.