OUTDOOR PLAY BENEFITS IN WINTER www.pdfeducationsupplies.com.au
During the warm spring and summer months, it seems natural to allow children to play outside. When winter comes along, parents may be more hesitant to send children outside.
However, there are plenty of ways to make sure children stay safe and healthy outside in the winter and there are health benefits that accompany this outdoor playtime.
1. Children Can Escape Indoor Germs, Bacteria
It is impossible to shield children completely from all viruses or bacteria that can make them ill, especially in the winter when they are more prevalent. However, allowing children to come into contact with some of these pests and bacteria in a natural way can actually make them less likely to develop autoimmune disorders and allergies, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
"It strengthens the immune system by allowing your child an escape from indoor germs and bacteria and helps form a resistance to allergies," the CDC said.
It is important to get fresh air because all of the bacteria and germs that you bring into the house get recycled over and over again through the air vents. Therefore, the more time you spend inside the more you are exposed.
2. Opportunities for Better Exercise
Children aged 3-5 should get 180 minutes of exercise everyday and exercising during the winter can be even more beneficial.
Limiting outdoor exercise until the end of winter can stunt growth of muscles which can lead to a variety of health issues.
Increased exercise will help promote a better sleep cycle, assists with healthy growth and maintaining a healthy body weight.