Dear Amy: I would like to learn to play a new sport this spring, but how do I decide which one? — Mason S., San Diego, Calif.
Dear Mason: There are many sports to choose from, depending on what you like to do for fun. For instance, if you want to make new friends, you might want to choose a team sport such as soccer, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, volleyball or baseball. These sports can be played either competitively or recreationally, depending on what type of time commitment you are able to make.
If you prefer individual sports, you might consider track and field, swimming, cross country, mountain biking or karate. Even if the activity you are interested in is in its off-season, many times there are skills classes you can take if you just want to learn. You’ll find some great tips for getting started at KidsHealth, kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/fit/no_sports.html.
Something else to keep in mind is Eating for Sports, kidsHealth.org/kid/nutrition/food/sports.html. Eating a good balance of nutritious food is really important, especially when playing sports, because your body burns calories faster when you are active.