Summer Sports – Camps and Alternatives

Sports are a great way to get your kids out of the house and building a better fitness lifestyle. The problem is that sports can be expensive and time-consuming for both you the parent and for your child.

It can be hard to decide what sport to get them involved in, after all – different sports focus on different skill sets. The majority of them do help build teamwork skills, socialization and physical fitness. But how do you choose what sport your child will participate in?

The first step to this decision is asking your child what interests them. By letting them explore their own interests, they will likely be more cooperative. Because sports are so expensive and require such a high level of time commitment, summer camps are an ideal way to expose your child to sports, the rigors of the challenge and whether the reality matches up to their expectation.

Try locating local summer camps in your area (the YMCA is great for this) that offer sports camps where your child can be introduced to sports like:

  • Horse Back Riding
  • Soccer
  • Gymnastics
  • Baseball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Karate

The great thing about the camps option is they will cost you less overall money and your child will get about a week’s worth of activity. They can even enjoy multiple exposure to the different options all summer and come fall, can choose from their favorites with better expectations what they would like to do during the school year.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.