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How to Get Your Kids Interested in Sports or Physical Activities

Children should be getting at least one hour of physical activity per day. That’s an absolute minimum. When I was a kid, we spent so much time running around outside that it was never a question of just one hour, but nowadays, with phones, TV’s and iPads, getting a kid to play outside can be a challenge.

So how do we get kids more active in their daily lives? Having raised 4 children of my own, I can recommend a few of my top tips.

Find out what they’re really interested in

You may be a hardcore baseball fan with dreams of your child becoming the next big star, but please don’t let your projections define their future. They may go to baseball just to please you, but they won’t enjoy it if inside their true passion is for tennis, for example. Never force your child to do something they truly don’t want to do.

I encourage you to try all the different sports there are, even those that may seem strange to you. Listen to your child and pay attention to them, see what they respond to best and positively encourage them to continue with it.

Don’t compare

I would not recommend comparing your child to another, “Billy is so good at basketball, he plays everyday, why can’t you be more like him?” This is an almost sure way to get your child to give up basketball altogether. Nobody likes being criticised. Instead, why not find positive and uplifting ways to encourage your child to play sports.

Teach by being

It’s no surprise that kids look up to their parents. If you tell them, “you must exercise every day” but don’t do it yourself, they may not be as keen to listen to you. See if they can join you during your practices, be it morning yoga on the beach or a bike ride in the evening. They will love spending time with you and it will somehow feel more natural to them to be active if you’re active too.

Got a dog?

If you have a dog in the house, see if you can get your child to be the main dog-walker of the house. Make them feel important, saying that it’s “their” dog or that they do this job the best. Half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening – a great way to get them moving.

If you don’t have a dog, encourage your child to walk or cycle everywhere. Not only is it better for the environment, something that I’m quite passionate about, but it will also keep them fit.

Build a tree house

If you have a garden in your house, why not build a tree house? Kids love making stuff, and when it’s done, they will stay active by climbing it. If you can’t have a tree house, why not hang some ropes on the thicker branches and encourage your kids to climb them? You can even make it into a game, like treasure hunting, with one of the clues being on top of that rope.

Do something different

Very few people like routine, especially kids who can’t sit still for very long. If you make them do ballet everyday for 6 months, they may get bored and lose interest. However, if you vary things every now and then, they will never know what’s coming next and will get excited by new adventures.

Perhaps you could try new things every other weekend, like go surfing, rock climbing, a tree-top adventure park, trampolining, horse riding – anything you can think of. Make it a fun day out. Your kids will see new places and keep active in the process.

Different Types Of Sports Cleats

Sports cleats have studs at their sole. They provide better grip to the sportsman and prevent slippery movement. At times for defining the cleats, the spikes are defined.

History-

Athletes are wearing cleats since 1500. They began to be used in the United States since 1860 when first time ever metal spikes were used.

Innovations have been made continuously in sports cleats since 1954 when first cleats were designed by Adidas. Later different designs and color came up. These were lighter and the sole was stiff thus providing better grip to the ground.

Types-

Depending upon the sports the various cleats have metal spikes on them. Thus, these metal spikes come in different shape and size. These spikes are made up of steel which provides durability. These metal spikes may even break, but the best part is that they can be easily be replaced.

Another type of cleats may have plastic spikes. These types of cleats vary in shape and size. These are preferred as these plastic spikes are made up elastic material which provides flexibility. Thus, they can tolerate moderate pressure and under heavy pressure, they may bend.

-Why choose metal spikes over plastic spikes?

Cleats incorporated with metal spikes are more preferred as they dig deeper into the ground and hence provide better grip.

-Secondly, these metal spikes do not bend when exposed to heavy weight, whereas the plastic spikes bend easily.

-Metal spike shoes though bit expensive but are better suited for the one who wants cleats which last for long.

Types of cleats-

-Low-cut cleat-

These fit below the ankle. These are lightest sport cleat and provide maximum free movement of the ankle.

-Mid-cut cleat-

These fit at the ankle. These are the most popular ones and used by running back and quarterback players. These provide support to the ankle.

-High-cut cleat-

These fit above the ankle. These provide maximum movement to the sportsman and are often worn by a lineman.

Different casing material-

-Leather cleats-

These are expensive and more durable. Besides this, they provide an appealing look.

-Synthetic cleats-

These are less durable and often not preferred by the sportsman as not as comfortable as leather cleats.

Size of studs-

Half inch studs are more suitable as they are appropriate for providing the desired grip. But on a wet and slippery ground one-inch studs are preferred to provide better grip.

The insole is the part of a cleat that surrounds the base. Few cleats have the molded insole as these provide additional comfort, provide good fitting and cushion effect.

While purchasing the cleats most important thing to be considered is its sole. Sole should be soft and flexible as a flexible sole allows easy movement.