How Basketball Can Keep Your Child Healthy

December 14, 2016 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

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Many parents strive to find exciting activities for their growing children. Doctors have said repeatedly that children need at least thirty minutes to an hour of physical activity each day to avoid lifelong problems such as obesity. So, what are some great activities that children can play to maintain great cardiovascular health?

Basketball can be a great activity for a child of any age. By just dribbling down the street, a child can burn off a few hundred calories within an hour. In addition, basketball can help a child build muscle mass and maintain proper endurance. Just the act of throwing and catching, allows a child to improve his or her hand eye coordination. So what is one of the first things that you should do when you want to expose your child to basketball?

Buy a Basketball Hoop for the Backyard

Playing basketball can be a great way for children to stay active and have fun. The best part of basketball is that unlike certain sports, such as football or baseball, kids do not need a tremendous amount of space. All parents can start by purchasing a basketball hoop. If your children are small, then a parent can purchase a hoop that can be vertically extended as the child grows. The best part of basketball is that you can play it with just two people on the court.

What if I don’t have space for a basketball hoop?

Any parent can practice basketball with their child without the use of a hoop. All a parent needs is a moderately sized open space and a ball and he or she can practice the following activities:

  • Dribbling
  • Passing
  • Proper defensive stance
  • Jumping
  • Short sprints

All of these activities are very important components of basketball and can be practiced on a regular basis.

Enroll in a basketball league

Once the child has developed the proper fundamentals, then he or she may be ready to enroll in a basketball league. This can allow the child to not only get the proper amount of exercise, but also interact socially with other children. The children will have fun, learn how to compete on a team, and be physically fit.

For a child of any age, basketball can be a great activity to maintain proper physical health. Girls and boys alike will love the challenge of the sport and will want to play every day. So, parents, go to the store, purchase a ball and have fun playing with your child!

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