The Health Benefits Of PlayLeave a Comment
More so than you may think, the importance of playtime is not just child’s play. Playtime is actually vitally important for the development and overall health of your children. Playing is how children exercise and it is good for their little bodies. This is because cardiovascular exercise helps to freshly oxygenate the blood. Freshly oxygenated blood from playtime helps children to think more efficiently, puts them in a better mood and even helps their bodies grow healthier. Read on to learn more about the health benefits of play and how to get your little one up-and-at-em’!
The Health Benefits Of Play
Cardio from playtime helps kids to build strong muscles and healthy bodies. Regular play gets your child’s heart pumping, which will increase its longevity. This is because play exercises the heart, making it stronger and more able to pump blood through the body and to the organs more efficiently. You will be happy to know that the other benefits of a healthy heart through exercise include helping to fend off heart disease.
The brain benefits greatly from exercise and play as well. The increased blood flow from being active allows for more oxygen to reach this vital organ. Extra oxygenated blood from their playtime helps keep children focused throughout their day. In fact, regular play gives children a natural energy boost and reduces their chances of becoming tired during the day. More focus from exercise, helps kids to do better in class and with homework by helping them to stay focused, longer. You’ll love watching as your child’s grades, focus and overall attitude go up!
The more they play, the more their muscles get worked and their bodies burn calories. Just as a healthy diet is important for your child’s development and the avoidance of childhood obesity, a healthy play routine is as well. Rather than allowing them to spend their afternoon watching TV, try encouraging your child to play outside. To shake things up, take them on a trip to a local park where they can potentially meet and play with other children their age. Other great activities include swimming, sports, and even exercise or fitness games on a video-game console if it’s a rainy day. There are many endless ways kids can get active with play and the health benefits are endless!
Set A Routine
You can help make sure your kids stay healthy and active by encouraging playtime habits from a young age. Kids and teens should get about 60 minutes or more of play each day. Play can be any kind of physical activity as long as your child is getting up and being active daily. Be sure to encourage them to play an activity that they love to keep them interested and to make them look forward to playtime again. This is because when kids find an activity that they enjoy or consider fun, they’re more likely to want to do it more often. Whether it’s organized sports or running around outside, encouragement into something they enjoy will make them better at it and likely to want to do it more!
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