4 Great reasons to get your children outdoors
Too much time spent inside can have a detrimental effect to the health and wellbeing of both us and our children. There is a good reason why our Grandparents and their generation all encouraged children and young people to play outdoors. MOLLY MAID, the professional house cleaners, suggest the following reasons why it is still a good idea for children to spend time outside.
On cold rainy days there is no wonder most of us would rather be indoors where we can keep warm and cosy and importantly, where we can be entertained at the touch of a button! It’s tempting, especially at this time of year to stay wrapped up warm in the confines of home, but getting up and spending time outdoors has a whole heap of benefits.
So, wrap up warm and stick your wellies in the boot. Grab the dog, round up the children and head outdoors, you’ll be doing yourself a favour and you’ll definitely be doing your children a big favour – fresh air is invigorating and really can do wonders for us!
Burn off energy!
We all know children can be a pain at times, running around the house and being generally boisterous, behaving in a way that just isn’t appropriate or practical inside the home. Due to the sedentary lifestyle of many children, they often have a glut of energy and no real outlet, but healthy, happy kids need exercise! Getting outside gives children one of the things that they really love. Loads of space in which to behave like a kid, and that generally means room for running around, climbing, hiding, exploring and playing in joyful exuberance.
Walking, running and outdoor play in general, is an excellent way of improving your child’s cardiovascular health and it also helps them burn up that excess energy, making them calmer and helping them to sleep better at night.
When stuck indoors, children usually stick to the same activities, often sat in front of the TV or a tablet or computer screen. With constant entertainment on tap, kids have much less incentive to explore their own imagination, so getting away from digital distractions is important in helping your child’s imagination and creativity flourish.
A simple woodland walk can turn into a magical experience, try getting them to look for evidence of fairy doors or bridges that trolls might live under. Get them to hunt out acorns that look like they have faces, play Pooh sticks, build a den or complete a nature inspired scavenger hunt.
With so much of our lives spent indoors in man-made surroundings, it is easy to loose touch with the natural world. Being around nature can have a calming and grounding effect and as such, spending time outdoors in the countryside is an excellent way to reduce anxiety and stress.
Inside the home there are often a set of pesky rules children have to adhere to, and for good reason, but outside, (in a safe environment), there are often fewer rules for children to consider, letting them behave more freely. Things that they can’t usually do at home (like climb on the furniture), they are suddenly free to do outside.
Even simple things like splashing in a muddy puddle, climbing a tree or kicking a pile of leaves into the air can be a joyful experience!
So, pop your coats on and blow away the cobwebs.