Activity toys are a great way to encourage children to take part in outdoor activities. As our society veers evermore towards a sedentary lifestyle, it becomes increasingly important to introduce children activities that will get our children up and about, incorporating much-needed exercise in their daily routine.
There are many benefits, both mental and physical, to daily exercise. These include:
Improved physical condition: Regular participation in physical activities leads to increased strength, endurance and coordination. Playing outside is particularly important for babies, toddlers and preschoolers because it forms part of many developmental processes. Young children learn by means of sensory-motor stimulation and playing outside gives them the opportunity to practice and expand their basic physical skills.
Improved mood and reduced stress: In today’s fast-paced world even children are susceptible to stress. When you are engaged in physical exercise, your body releases neurotransmitters called endorphins, which reduce pain, relieve stress and give you a sense of general well-being. Further mood enhancing neurotransmitters released during exercise include serotonin and norepinephrine, both of which alleviate depression.
Maintaining a healthy weight: Childhood obesity is increasingly prevalent, especially in first world countries where food is plentiful. Daily moderate exercise ensures that children maintain a healthy weight, which is crucial in reducing their risk of contracting illnesses. A slimmer frame also reduces pressure on developing bones and joints.
A strong heart and lungs: Regular physical activity helps to develop lung capacity, which is directly linked to your body’s ability to utilise oxygen. The more efficient your heart and lungs, the easier blood travels through your body to your vital organs and the higher your energy levels.
These are just some of the benefits associated with daily physical activity. Why not invest in some kids’ sports equipment and encourage your youngsters to get outside? The fun activities for kids are endless - just have a look at our range of exciting sporting equipment and you will see how many ways there are of having fun outside. We stock everything from kits and juggling rings, to hula hoops and three-legged race ties, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries with regard to activity toys or schools’ fitness equipment.