When you have a teenage child who loves to do active things, there is a whole world of stuff they could try. Getting them involved in these activities can be exciting and fun for them, and can also help them to develop hobbies that may well last their whole lives.
Here are some ideas of things you can encourage a sporty teen in your family to try out:
Archery is a fun sport a lot of teens find challenging and enjoyable. It isn't as physically demanding as many other sports and also requires some hand-eye coordination, so it can help kids learn some useful skills even if they aren't super fit. Archery is usually done on a shooting range with targets, and is a sport you can practise for hours. Companies like Woodbury Outfitters can provide everything a young person needs to begin training as an archer.
Scuba diving is something that kids are allowed to learn over the age of 13, according to PADI standards. This is because before that age, lungs aren't developed enough for breathing compressed air safely. However, if a teen is interested in water sports, this can be an amazing activity to try, where they can explore whole new worlds underwater!
Skiing is something that does, of course, require the right conditions and gear. However, it is a great workout and a lot of fun for a teen who is interested in sport. You can find dry ski slopes in many cities where they can practice their skiing without having to always venture to a ski resort.
There are lots of martial arts you can study, including karate, judo and Thai boxing, as well as lesser known ones like Aikido, Kendo, Eskrima and Krav Maga. For kids with a lot of energy to spare, these can be great things to try, as the classes usually involve a cardio workout as well as learning techniques. Martial arts can also be good for teaching about discipline, respect, and other important life skills, and they can also empower kids who are bullied or give girls a way to defend themselves. It can also be a lot of fun and a good way to make new friends.
Skating can also be a fun activity that kids who love sport can get in to. There is a whole subculture surrounding the sport that they can also enjoy once they are a part of it. Many cities have skate parks, and boards themselves aren't that expensive unless you are looking at a pro-level kit, so you can equip your teen to get into skating as a hobby quite easily.
These are just a few of the fun things a teen who is interested in sport and being active can try. Add to them things like surfing, rollerblading and team sports, and you can see how many options there are for a kid who wants to stay fit and expend their energy!