A preference for indoor games

Rigorous exercise

A lot of youngsters, aged between eight years and 19 years, have taken a liking to playing indoor games just as much as they like to play outdoor games. Indoor games such as bowling, chess, table tennis, badminton... hold as much importance as outdoor activities.

The young say that although there isn’t as much rigorous activity in indoor games, they like the fact that they can play it under any weather conditions.
Metrolife interacted with a few youngsters, parents and psychologists to understand the benefits of playing indoor games.

There are a few youngsters like 14-year-old Dhwani Kumar, who wielded the badminton racket when she was barely seven years old. Today, she actively represents the State and country in the under-16 badminton tournaments. Dhwani confesses that she strikes a balance between her academics and sports.
“The best thing about indoor sports is that you can play it in any weather condition. It’s important to indulge in some sport for it not only keeps you physically fit but ensures that you don’t slip into any health issues like obesity, ” she adds.

Dhwani stays away from watching too much of television and says that
she would rather spend that time playing an indoor sport. 

However, Arjun P, a first-year PUC student at Narayana E-Techno College, feels games not only helps one stay physically active but could make for some good entertainment if planned well.

 “Outdoor games definitely offer more physical exercise than indoor games. It also provides a platform for social interaction. This is why I like outdoor games,” he reasons. Arjun takes to an indoor sport only during bad weather conditions, “I love playing chess and table tennis. Chess teases the brain and table tennis is a good stress buster.”

Shruti Mathew Koshy, a second-year degree student, says she loves swimming for it ensures movement to every part of the body.

   “Outdoor games hold the risk of an injury but indoor games have their own advantages. Badminton is more of an arm exercise and in table tennis you get to exercise your wrist a great deal,” she states.

Eight-year-old Diva and her ten-year-old sister Kyna, both students of National Public School, Indiranagar, say that they play both indoor and outdoor sports in abundance.
 “I play badminton, basketball and even play a host of outdoor games to stay physically active. This is a good diversion from television,” Diva says. Kyna pitches in, “I am an outdoor person. With summer not far away, I am looking forward to enjoying my swim in our apartment complex.” 

Echoing a parent’s perspective, Vineeth Jain, feels, “With constricting lung spaces and safety issues, children are sometimes forced to play indoor. It is difficult to let our children roam free as we used to do in our childhood. Outdoor games help one socialise and enhance bonding among children.”

   He also feels apartment complexes offer better opportunities for children to play than in independent houses.

While child psychologists vouch for outdoor games, they feel that the choice of indoor games is important.

 Dr Sugami Ramesh, senior consultant, clinical psychology, Apollo Hospitals concludes, “Spending long hours playing video games can trigger emotional and psychological problems in children, which eventually lead to frustration, anger,
agitation and loneliness.

It is important for parents to monitor what kind of indoor sport their children
are playing.”    

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