The Importance of Getting Fresh Air

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Today, many of us live in a world that is disconnected from nature and the great outdoors; meaning our kids are often living a very sedentary lifestyle which can be detrimental on both their physical, mental and emotional development.  The same is true of adults, the less we engage in outdoor activities that get our heart pumping oxygenated blood around our bodies the more susceptible we are to disease.

Of course, there are the exceptions, such as the mompreneur that gets to travel and work abroad, but in most cases, kids spend a lot of time sat in a car, say in a classroom, and sat in front of their TV, phone or computer game… rather than live a more active lifestyle, being exposed to nature and enjoying the playground like you probably did as a child, thus getting plenty of exercise and an abundant supply of fresh air they.

Getting a plentiful supply of fresh air comes with a plethora of benefits in terms of a child’s physical well-being.  As an example, it ensures they receive their daily dose of Vitamin D, which assists in growing strong bones and also lowers the risk of cancer.

Whether it’s the exercise or the exposure to fresh air, one thing’s for sure, which is that playing outside helps your child to get a good night’s sleep and is instrumental in regulating sleeping patterns.

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Spending time outdoors has proven to lower the risk of hyperactivity and depression.

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes children who spend more time watching TV and playing video games, than playing outdoors, tend to have shorter attention spans – which is perhaps due to the fact when children play outside, they are engaging in ‘creative play’ that means they are using their imagination.

This way, they are in the active position of creating entertainment for themselves rather than the passive position of receiving entertainment (e.g. watching TV or playing video games) where they essentially sit and absorb without much cognitive stimulation.

In the spirit of making sure your child gets plenty of fresh air, here are three basic principles to follow to make the concept more appealing:

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Go With The Flow

If your child is playing an organised sport one minute but then starts chasing after a butterfly – go with their curiosity and allow them to discover what they want to discover… as this is all part of creative play, and they should be free to explore the ‘great outdoors’ on their terms.

Challenge Them

The game of “tag” is a great way to keep you and your child active.  It’s both a mentalyl and physically stimulating game that creates an element of competitiveness which strengthens the bond between you.  The key tip when challenging them, however, is to keep it fun and loose.

Turn Off The TV

Whilst the TV can be a good tool to use from time to time it shouldn’t become habitual to the point that children get home and see it as the ‘only option’ or their ‘preferred option’.  There’s a whole world to explore out there – yet children need your direction and encouragement to get out there and explore the world.

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