Loving guidance for your teen
Hobbies for teenagers help to ensure physical and mental health. Teenagers are hard to tackle as most of them have their own personality and they do not really accept to be told what to do. When your child gets to this age it is important that you help him make the right choices. This includes helping him have a healthy lifestyle.
It is important to let him develop his skills and learn what he likes and what he does not. Maybe he will try a hobby and eventually will end up not liking it. But it is important for your teen to try as many activities as he wants.
Having hobbies will help your teen:
- Find out who he is
- Boost his self-esteem and his confidence
- See what his strengths are and where he should work more on
- Develop his skills in taking initiative and decision making
- Help him control his emotions
- Increase his sense of reality and how he deals with stress as he learns how to lose in a sports game
- Develop his patience
- Increase his sense of dedication towards a hobby.
If your teenager asks for some guidance in his choice, you can give it to him and help him make the right decisions. If not, try and support him in the decisions he takes. When helping or supporting your teen to take extracurricular activities as hobbies, make sure that you help him have a balance in his life as well. He should not take too many extra activities and feel overwhelmed in class, at home or in his personal life. If there are too many, just shuffle through what he wants, take some time for some of them, then move to the others; prioritize things.
Besides the above, there are those teens that do not do many activities or prefer not to do any extra activities. One should remember that any extracurricular activity that involves your child is his own decision and is a voluntary action. If he does not want to do any, he will not enjoy doing that.
Some of the healthy hobbies that we propose are:
It is a hobby that anyone can take up on at any age. This is more than just sport; it is a social activity your teen can have. Tennis improves his agility and strength while spending time with friends that have the same hobby. It is a good sport to start as it is not very complicated and it is approachable from the gear point of view. You have the basics around the house for sure and anything else you need is very easy to find, and not so expensive.
This sport does not require contact; therefore it is more secure than the other sports. Don’t think that there will be no hits; you can get many hits with the tennis balls, until you learn to protect yourself from them.
With practice and patience your teen can get to have a very good technique and learn more each time. It will teach him to master the fine motor skills and coordination. What you probably do not know about tennis is that it is a very tactical sport. This thing actually puts your teen’s brain at work.
In the past years we have seen fewer kids are signing up for football. The reasons vary – from those like the popularity of other sports, like too many extracurricular activities, like parents disapproval of football and many more. However, those that do choose football as a hobby will get the most out of it. Despite of the obvious injuries your teen can suffer, it remains on top of the most rewarding sports your teen can play.
He will learn what camaraderie means. The big number of players a football team has helps your teen develop the sense of friendship and of close relationship with other team players. Moreover, being a game of inches, it requires a lot of attention and focus. This alone will contribute to your teen discipline in what he does. It is a sport that requires a lot of practice in order to be good at it. This is how a teen will sense that work ethic one needs at any other job, in the future. The physical injuries that happen in this sport come and go, but what is really important is the strong mind that one needs to be able to face what happens on the field.
In general, you should not worry so much of the physical injuries your teen can suffer from football, as for sure he will be taken better medical care than they used to have a decade ago. Plus, the equipment is more sophisticated and developed to protect them from really bad injuries.
Teens love basketball. It is a great social sport; it helps them develop their social skills. No matter the season, it can be played all year round. Teens see it as an entertaining sport they practice as a passion. They can have fun while burn calories as well.
Basketball helps your teen get his mind off everything else and just relax on the court. It is a good way to express himself while working out his whole body. It will build his endurance, build up muscle, improve his sense of physical coordination and develop the self-discipline. What your teen should keep in mind when playing basketball is that he needs to be hydrated regularly, do some stretching and warm up before going out on the court.
Not many people think about including hiking on their teens hobbies list, but it is indeed a wonderful one to take up. Exercising is healthy and if you have a teen that is not so good at practicing sports, you can try showing him the benefits of hiking.
Teens can hike within the city limits and it will not cost anything, or just go a little outside the city, in which case a car is needed. But this is a small amount to pay for all the benefits it brings. Hiking is a great hobby that will help your teen connection with nature. It is prettier than spending an hour in the gym for sure. He can opt from long walks on flat terrain or do interval training over varied terrain. No matter what he chooses, the connection to nature will change everything he thought about hiking.
Before starting any hiking trail, it is imperious to know the trail, to get familiarized with it, know the map by heart or have one with you, know how the weather will be like and remember to follow marked paths.
After a week of classes and the hustle and bustle of the city, the fresh air is rejuvenating to breathe. This can be done in a normal week day as well, if there is a hiking trail in the city or near the city.
Moreover, the views that he will see while hiking cannot be beat by anything else. The higher he will climb, the better teh views are.
According to some studies, people practicing this hobby have lower risk of a heart disease, have a good blood pressure and a normal blood sugar level, a stronger core and a more positive way of seeing life. Hiking is recommended for combating symptoms such as stress and anxiety, and increasing the happiness levels.
While it can be done alone as well, it is more fun to go hiking with the family, with a buddy or even with your dog. Having someone with him will help in case of any danger on the trail. Especially if there are new trails that he tries on, it is better for him not to be alone.
If you feel that your teen needs to burn out some calories, this is one of the best hobbies to choose from. One hour of trekking can burn up to 500 calories. This depends on the difficulty of the trail and the weight he carries. It is a cardio workout that tones the entire body.
While these are some physical benefits, you should know that hiking helps improves creativity and problem solving in teenagers. It is proved that it boosts the brainpower with 50 percent. (According to David Strayer, co-author of the study)
When winter comes people get split in two groups – those that enjoy time off and hibernating, and those that cannot wait to go out in the snow and enjoy the fresh cold air, the snow and everything nature has to offer.
Skiing is a hobby that can be practiced only in winter time. However, this does not mean it cannot be taken into consideration and put on the hobbies list. Just like any other outdoor sport it has many benefits for the ones practicing it. It is good for both body and soul. Above all, your teen will just have the time of his life. It will make him create tighter bonds with both friends and family. Having a group of friends or family it’s nicer; he will enjoy getting on and off the chairlifts together, stay for a drink at dinner time and share slope adventures.
It helps strengthen the bones, the joints and the lower body muscles. This will prove very good with time as it will prevent the knee problems and osteoporosis. Being in a continuous squat position you do not realize it, but it works out well the legs. As it is a very demanding sport, you will just have the soundest sleep ever, once you go to bed at night.
Fishing is more than sitting around in a boat or on the bank and waiting for a fish to catch.
It creates that family bond you so long want to develop. After long days of school and all extra-curricular activities, it is nice to take a day off, go, relax and meditate in the sun.
Fishing is a great way to learn to have patience. Patience is important for your teen to have. Impatience is not good for the immune system, for the stress and blood pressure; while patience helps him be calmer and at peace.
As teens are at an age where they still needs to build up their skills, this hobby is good to help them improve their self-confidence. Seeing they are successful in fishing, will help them gain confidence they can do more in other areas as well.
As a conclusion, fishing is a great activity for teens; it unplugs them from the technology and offers them the possibility to see that playing computer games is not the only fun they can have.
When we think of hobbies for teenagers, hunting isn’t the first that comes to mind. Hunting is a hobby that not so many teens can practice and the reasons vary. But one should bear in mind that it is a legal, ethical and traditional sport. It is a heritage dating from our ancestors which worth being passed from generation to generation. Though you put money into it at first, in time it will prove useful as you will eat healthier meat and cheaper meat and save money. The meat that you get from hunting has very little fat and many vitamins.
It is a rather expensive hobby to have but it is a hobby that develops courage, resilience and determination. Hunting helps your teen connect to the food he eats, respect nature and what it brings. He will develop the spirit of conservationism and take only how much and what he needs from nature; he will see the balance of animals in the environment they live in.
Hunting will also contribute to your teens love for outdoor life. As it is a rather active sport, it will make him love the woods, the nature, the water and the fields.
This is a hobby that your teen will get to do with you. Teaching your teen to hunt is a confirmation from your part that he is all grown up and ready to take some more responsibility. It is a family moment to build memories.
Besides all the above, hunting is a hobby that is very good for his physical activity routine. When going hunting you have to walk long distances, climb through brush and up mountains. This will make your teen see the importance of staying fit and healthy; enjoy exercising while having fun at the same time.
It is a hobby that teaches your teen many skills, such as patience, discipline, confidence and how to cope with disappointments and not give up and try again.
Above all, the connection to nature it offers, allows your teen to disconnect from all the tech and just be.
There are more healthy hobbies your teen can enjoy. However, the above are some of the best to choose from and some that offers you the possibility to participate and bond with your teen.