If Sports Just Aren’t Your Thing
It’s hot outside and cool inside. Your favorite TV show is on, and you’re not very good at basketball anyways. And frankly, sports just aren’t your thing.
This is true for many kids who would rather sit inside than play in the neighborhood basketball game. There are many reasons as to why someone would not like sports, but these can probably change.
Why would someone not like sports?
- They are not very good at sports. If someone does not feel comfortable playing that sport, they will not want to let everyone else know that, so they would rather watch than participate.
- They have other hobbies. They may love collecting objects, cooking, or arts and crafts.
- They don’t know how to play. They might not know the rules or how to keep score and are embarrassed to try.
- They tried sports in the past and didn’t like them. Maybe they played on a soccer team years ago and loved the practices but hated the games so they quit. The pressure of competition also makes some people dislike specific sports.
- They are not in shape and it seems like all of the other kids can move around more easily.
- Some people feel sluggish and lazy because they do not eat right. This can make staying home seem more appealing than going on a bicycle ride.
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Solutions for People That Don't Like Sports
- Practice a sport that you think you might enjoy. Whether it is by yourself, with a friend, or with a sibling or parent, no one can improve without practice.
- Find the right sport for you. If baseball just wasn't quite right, try volleyball or tennis. Try out different activities until you find one that's right for you.
- Research the sport. It may seem like extra school work, but just going to the library or looking online can make a huge difference in enjoying a sport and understanding the rules.
- Stop watching TV. If you set a TV schedule, then you will have to find other things to do in your spare time. These new activities could include sports, or they might not, but be sure you choose something that keeps you moving.
- Eat healthy foods.It sounds as easy as pie, but certain foods make you feel more energized and ready to play sports.
- Join a team. This will keep you motivated to go to practice, and exercising is much more fun with your friends than by yourself.
- Get in shape. This doesn't have to mean playing sports every day, but it could include healthy eating along with walking the dog or playing at the playground.
- Stay Active. There are lots of activities that are good sources of exercise and do not qualify as sports. Some of these include cleaning the house, walking the dog, hosting a car wash, water fights and other fun activities!
Even if you don't find the sport that's right for you, there are other ways to keep moving and stay healthy.
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