4 Alternatives to Traditional Sports for Kids


skatersSo, your kid doesn’t enjoy playing the popular big team sports—soccer, football, basketball and baseball.

With the seemingly ever-increasing emphasis placed on having a well-rounded child, you may be thinking, “Now what?”

But there’s no need to fret. Not every child enjoys the pressure of playing a competitive team sport, but don’t prematurely write off athletics.

Developing an active lifestyle is essential at a young age. We’ve all heard the alarming statistics about childhood obesity. Around 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But the benefits of athletics go well beyond physical health. Children who participate in sports have increased confidence. And sports—even the more obscure ones— are a great way for your child to make friends.

Here are four alternatives to traditional sports to get your kids moving—and more importantly, having fun:

#1 Skateboarding

Skateboarding is a great way to exercise and your kids will have a blast. Some of the benefits of hopping on that little board with wheels are increased balance, agility and coordination. Children, who skate, burn calories and develop leg and core muscles.

The beauty of skateboarding is that it can be an individual sport—all you need is a smooth surface and a board—but it also has a social component. Skate parks, which are usually free, are popping up throughout the country. They’re a great place for skaters to get together and practice new tricks.


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