Often we think of sports only with the idea of team sports or seasonal sports. But stop to think about it. What sports are there that are not seasonal? Lots of them! Yoga, strength training, running, gymnastics, dance, and so many others do not require a season. Not all sports are competitive!
For our family, we each have a favorite sport to be involved with. At Home Dad is a runner. He tracks his running miles and hits several hundred miles a year. He enjoys it a lot and it not only helps him stay in shape but his stress is managed, too.
For me, I do walking and stretching and am trying to get back into some yoga. I walk about 2 miles each day, 5-6 days a week. Most of the time right now, it is on the treadmill or around the dance studio. But I get it done! I don’t require a certain time of year to do this and I don’t need a team for it. That is one of the great things about both walking and yoga!
The girls? Well, they dance. A lot. At the studio or at home, the girls dance. Ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical – the enjoy it all and will dance as much as we let them. I cannot speak highly enough of the benefits of dance. Confidence, strength, understanding, team work, independence, growth, taking instruction, and on and on.
The two oldest girls also have the benefit of being selected as student assistants at the dance studio. They help the teachers in the classes they assist. They are helping out in a wide variety of ages this year and what a great opportunity this is. While still get the exercise and “sport,” they are learning how to instruct and teach, give and receive constructive feedback, handle responsibility, manage time, and more.
Sports are not just the team sports that people tend to think of and they do not have to be seasonal or competitive. Those have their place but they are not for everyone. I am thankful for these other sports options that still allow for health and activity without the competitive nature so often associated with “sport.”
Lori, At Home.
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