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Champions for Life: What Dance & Running Teaches KidsSports offers more than just an advantage in the physical abilities department to kids. Known personalities share the life lessons they've learned from it.
Ani de Leon-Brown
Triathlon coach and Ironkids race director
From day-one training to race day, a triathlon challenges an athlete’s threshold, says Ani de Leon-Brown. For a kid-triathlete, this sort of mental conditioning applies to where it counts: the classroom. “Studies have shown that physical activity helps kids perform better in academic subjects, as it improves concentration,” she says.
Feel the thrill of competition
Athletes say there’s a rush unlike any other when one conquers a triathlon. Tri-training encourages a child’s emotional and social development as he gets to experience the highs of finishing a race, says de Leon-Brown.
Competing in a triathlon helps kids develop a love for the outdoors as they take to the waters to swim and the terrain to run and bike, says de Leon-Brown. In addition, its physical requirements “decreases anxiety, reduces depression, and improves mood and outlook in children,” stresses running-legend-turned-coach Uta Pippig.
Finishing a triathlon is anything but easy, according to de Leon-Brown. When a child undergoes tri-training and eventually races, a strong sense of fulfillment forms within. When crossing the finish line, his confidence inevitably rises.
Athletes of this sport compete both against themselves and the conditions of the sport’smulti-events (running, biking, and swimming). Tri-kids learn how to adapt easily and power through certain situations as they tackle obstacles of the different courses, says de Leon-Brown.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW1 of 2 NEXT
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