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Winter Sports for Children: Why They're Important

By Brandi Swieter

Just as many adults do, children often spend their winters with families enjoying the festivities of the holidays. While this is fine to do, many are spending far too much time at home on winter days watching television and not getting outside to play as they should. Joining a winter sport is a far better alternative, with plenty of beneficial reasons to join.

Staying Healthy While Burning Calories

Outdoor play, including running and enjoying sporting activities, can benefit children greatly. Not only do they burn calories, but it also helps them stay healthy. Getting rid of the excess weight while burning calories that may have been consumed during holiday parties and events is a surefire way to help kids gain an active and healthy life. Kids need to remain fit no matter which season they’re in to stay in good shape and maintain health.

Stress Relief

Children can easily become stressed during the winter months when they’re often stuck at home without much to do. Feeling cooped up can lead to feelings of seclusion and even depression. Sports provide a relief to these feelings, allowing kids to get outside and enjoy some social interaction. They can focus on the activities they’re playing and stay active to keep stress at bay.


Winter breaks from school and weekends spent inside can look to a feeling of seclusion for many children. Winter sports ensure kids are staying socialized and spending time with others their age to get in some interaction. They may even gain some lifelong friendships from others who play the same sports as them.

Teamwork Skills

Too many kids are left to their own devices, playing games alone on tablets and gaming systems. Sports have children working together. It is never about just one person, but about the whole group as a collective. All team sports teach teamwork skills that kids can carry into adulthood.

Kids should stay busy during the winter season so they can socialize with others, get stress relief, and burn calories to stay healthy. The holidays bring a ton of food and festivities which can lead to overeating and stress. Winter sports provide an outlet for this and help children stay on the active path to a healthy lifestyle that can continue into adulthood if they make it part of their routine. Enroll your son or daughter in a winter sport, such as indoor soccer, basketball, or swimming, and watch them thrive this season.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arnold, Mo.

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