The child is receiving 60 minutes of physical activity daily. The majority of that time is spent on activities at moderate to vigorous intensity levels. This greatly decreases the health risks connected with an inactive lifestyle. Being physically active has numerous benefits for the child in areas such as self-esteem, academics, confidence, health, and overall wellness.
Does Not Participate In Organized Sport
A child thats is able to supplement the school day with physical activity outside of organized sports. This can be accomplished in a wide variety of ways. A few options may be unstructured play, running, swimming, playground time, biking, or before and after school programs.
Happy and Healthy
The child finds enjoyment through physical activity and does not see it as a task but as fun. The child is not only physically healthy but socially and emotionally healthy too, giving them a more positive outlook on life. A happy and healthy child may find it easier to make friends, have success with academics, and have good self-esteem.
Missing Out on the Benefits of Organized Sports
While the child is meeting the minimum requirements of 60 minutes of physical activity daily through activities that do not consist of organized sports there could be an element of development that the child is still missing. Organized sports offer many benefits such as social skills, teamwork, and learning of fundamental movements among many other benefits from positive and well-structured sports opportunities.