The world today is high tech and busy. Our entertainment stays indoors most of the time. Everyone knows that it is not very healthy. Outdoor games provide not only entertainment but also good physical exercise that beats your inner stress to keep you happy and active. Movies, books, and computer games can only provide short term entertainment and relief. While on the other hand outdoor sports such as cricket, football, hockey and cycling are not only fun but they also contribute a lot to the physical and mental development of a child. Following are some of the top sports, which will help children in becoming healthier and happier.

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Kids always grow up dreaming about becoming cricketers. The love for the sport in Pakistan is incomparable. Kids as young as five, start playing Cricket, first with a tennis ball and then move on to play with hardball in academies and trainings. There are so many local training facilities for kids of all ages, which would help exploit the child’s potential and also keep him interested in the game.

Benefits

PHYSICAL

• Strength
• Reflexes
• Hand-eye coordination

MENTAL

• Team work
• Coordination
• Leadership
• Patience

Football is the most popular sport in the world and now gaining popularity in Pakistan as well. Children as young as 6 or 7 have started joining Football camps and take part with all their heart and show a lot of potential for the future. The fast pace of the game and short span of game time keeps children interested and intrigued.

Benefits

PHYSICAL

• Muscle strength
• Flexibility
• Communication
• Balance
• Weight control

MENTAL

• Team work
• Coordination
• Leadership
• Patience

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Riding a bike is one of the first outdoor activities that a child learns. Kids aged 3-4 start off with a tricycle, moving on to two-wheelers with training wheels. Once your child has mastered the art of cycling, they can ride the bike on their own without any support.

Cycling can be really fun. Kids get to explore the nearby areas and roam around with friends but for safety reasons let your child start off cycling in a park or an empty lot and once he/she is old enough they can move out of the safety zone.

Benefits

PHYSICAL

• Leg Strength
• Balance
• Weight control
• Reflexes

MENTAL

• Bonding with others
• Freedom
• New Experiences
• Discipline
• Sense of responsibility

Hockey Hockey

Pakistan’s national sport, Hockey might not be as popular as it used to be back in the 90’s but it is very beneficial for children. Young children can be enrolled into training camps, which would help them learn the basics of the game. This is a safe sport, prior to parent’s opinion. Kids need to be monitored so that they learn to respect the game and those playing.

Benefits

PHYSICAL

• Muscle strength
• Flexibility
• Communication
• Balance
• Weight control

MENTAL

• Discipline
• Confidence
• Teamwork
• Hand-eye coordination
• Communication