Get outdoors with your kids!
As soon as term starts we hear parents begin to complain about the busyness of their childs’ schedules. With afternoon activities like music, French & karate the freedom of the holidays is soon forgotten but it is important to ensure your child continues to spend time engaged in unstructured outdoor play. Obvious reasons include physical fitness (strength, flexibility & coordination) & Vitamin D (increases bone density & decreases risk of heart disease) but have you thought about the following benefits:
Being in nature reduces stress levels & improves behaviour, attention, self-esteem, mental health & sleep.
Forces frequent changes in focus which benefits vision.
Improves relationships & feelings of competence due to supportive peer interactions & socialisation.
Creates positive environmental behaviours, values, attitudes & creates resilience to be able to respond to changing conditions in the environment.
Enhances a sense of space, time, fun, creativity & connection to who we really are!
While organised sports are great, activities like riding bikes & climbing trees are all forms of exercise that are self-directed, outdoors & highly beneficial for development, much better than being stuck inside on a device. Considering 90% of stimulation & nutrition to your brain is generated by movement of your spine it is important for brain health also!
At LiveLoveLife we aim to support healthy development & connection in children & healthy spinal & brain function in everyone! If you have any concerns or are looking for more information about the health of your child or yourself please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.