As parents we know its important to get our kids outdoors. But do you really know about all the hidden health benefits? You'll love #5 💤!
1. Opportunities for hands-on learning
It's much easier to learn what squish means if you get to feel mud squishing through your fingers. Going outdoors is an opportunity for kids to widen their sensory experiences, and gain an intuitive, "embodied" understanding of how things work and explore a variety of motor skills
2. Reduced stress levels, better moods, and improved concentration
Exposure to natural sunlight and fresh air offers numerous benefits to the mind and body and can help to stabilise our kids moods by releasing the body's natural mood stabiliser, Serotonin. Just 20 minutes a day in natural spaces is all it takes to reap the benefits
3. Outdoor play is a good first step towards preventing obesity
During these early years, we need to promote lifelong physical activity, this will ensure our kids continue these healthy practices later in life.
Outdoor play improves cardiorespiratory fitness, builds strong bones and muscles as well as controls weight. This reduced the risk of developing obesity
4. Greater exposure to sunlight enhances mental performance
Exposure to sunlight helps ensure that our kids get enough vitamin D, affecting numerous health issues, including bone growth, muscle function, and even the timing of puberty. Sunlight helps kids concentrate, and may actually enhance the formation of synapses in the brain
5. Better sleep!!
More naturally-attuned sleep rhythms from exposure to melatonin, the "drowsy making" hormone. This hormone decreases the amount of time it takes children to get to sleep, so get them outside!
-Tiffany Droge is the co-owner of Jumply, as well as a Melbourne mum of two to Tanner and Chase. She is a Health and Physical Education Teacher with a passion for the outdoors and making parent's lives easier. This is the foundation for all of Tiffany’s’ designs.
She wants to make it easier for parents to get out and about for awesome adventures with their little ones.