Five reasons children should be active

​​​​​5 Reasons Why You Should Spend More Time Outside
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Compare today’s society to that of 20 years ago, and you will notice an alarming trend. While people were once active, outgoing, and appreciative of the outdoors, it is not uncommon for modern families to spend more time inside, constantly attached to technology like smartphones, tablets, computers, and television. While technology can provide us with great educational and entertainment value, it should not come at the expense of decreased health, or an unbalanced lifestyle.
In the modern world, even children are spending more time inside. It wasn’t too long ago that neighborhoods would be filled with the sounds of kids playing, enjoying swingsets, or bouncing on trampolines. Today, like their parents, they are attached to their electronic devices.
This is something that has to change, especially if families are to become healthier. Here are five reasons why you and your family should start to spend more time outside.
 
Spending Time Outside Helps People Relax
Do you ever feel like you are living a life where you are overstimulated by electronic influences? It’s not hard to feel worn down by the constant barrage of advertising on the TV, on your smartphone apps, and even when you’re browsing the internet on a computer. If you’re spending your downtime online, then you are not truly relaxing. Make a change and start heading outside when you want to relax. This will allow you to truly disconnect from the electronic world. You will have time to think, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, and you will feel calmer and more at peace. Make sure that you are also encouraging your kids to spend time outside, so that the whole family can receive a break from the influence of technology.
 
Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for good health, but unfortunately, it is not easily obtainable from natural food sources. The only way that mammals can get healthy levels of Vitamin D, is from regular exposure to sunlight. In just 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight exposure per day, you can help your body to create the Vitamin D that it needs to promote vitamin absorption, strengthen bones, and it may even help to prevent specific types of cancer.
Get Healthier Through Exercise
If you spend too much time inside, then it’s possible that you’re a little out of shape. The best way to get regular exercise is to head outside. Try taking up walking or jogging, and try to exercise for at least 30 minutes, for five days of every week. You will notice changes in your body, such as better posture, increased strength and endurance, and more overall energy. You don’t have to walk or run to get your exercise. You could also try taking up an outdoor sport like tennis or golf, or you could ride a bike, or even take up another activity like kayaking. Choose something that is appropriate for your means and the area in which you live, and just remember that sticking to a new exercise regime will be important if you want to notice real changes in your body.
 
Outdoor Exercise Creates a Healthier Mind
Stress is not the only thing that can wear you down. Sometimes anxiety, or even depression, can develop and build up over time. When you ignore your own mental wellbeing, you will spiral deeper into a condition that is hard to deal with. By disconnecting from technology and exercising every day, you will find that you feel happier, more positive, and less anxious. Exercise is often prescribed by doctors to help treat depression, so if you ever feel like things are piling up and bringing you down, just take a walk outside and you could notice an immediate change in your mood.
Get More Energy From Being Outside
Heading outside can provide you with the right kind of stimulation. Natural light, the sounds of birds and rustling leaves, and even the outside smells of the grass, trees, and flowers, can all help to stimulate your mind and help you to feel reinvigorated. If you are feeling lethargic, make sure that you resist the urge to simply zone out on the couch. Instead, head outside, and benefit from the natural boost that nature will give you.
The team at Vuly Trampolines and St John Vianney's Catholic Primary School supports kids getting outdoors and staying active.