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Outdoor Activity Gives You Healthy Kids
By Jenny Talorman

The physical benefits of a child playing with outdoor toys are
evident in children who enjoy playing outside. It is a not
secret that obesity, along with other health issues, is a
growing problem in children and is part due to lack of time kids
spend outdoors. Being overweight increases the possibility of
many different health conditions. When a child plays outdoors,
riding a bike, swinging or running amuck he or she is more
likely to stay at a healthy weight, an important precursor for
their adult body weight.

Obesity is only one problem that is associated with kids not
playing outdoors; many kids are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D
is important for the body to absorb calcium and control the
protein and rennin that is associated with blood pressure. When
kids spend time outdoors, the sunshine helps their bodies to
make the vitamin D that they need for ideal overall health.

Because playing outdoors with toys gives kids the opportunity
to run, climb, jump, ride, yell and use excess energy, it can
also lead to improved behaviour and better sleep. Playing is
also important because it builds muscles, conditions the lungs
and strengthens muscles.

Not only is outdoor playing important for physical reasons but
also for emotional and social reasons. It can encourage
improvement in a child’s ability to reason and think logically.
Taking risks and using their imaginations are also encouraged.
When kids play outdoors with other kids, it builds social skills
that are needed to form relationships throughout life. Playing
outdoors makes kids happier and offers many development perks.

Gardening is one activity that kids can benefit from in many
different ways. Garden toys help build a strong relationship
between a child and nature. Gardening helps kids learn patience
as they tend to fruits and vegetables as they grow. They also
learn about how to nurture and what it takes for something to
live. Working as a family in a garden teaches kids how to share
and work together.

Working in a garden, kids are surrounded by moments filled with
teaching. With garden toys, they are able to learn about the
world hands on. Gardening also has a calming effect; a time to
connect with nature and relax. Walking, bending and moving
provide a great and fun way to exercise. Planting a fruit or
vegetable garden makes it much easier to feed children healthier
and makes kids more eager to choose better foods.

Watching a seed turn into a fruit or vegetable is a miracle of
life and kids who garden learn how to appreciate that. Kids see
that sunlight, water, dirt and care are necessities in the plant
world as well as in the human world. Gardening give kids a way
to love the simplest things that life has to offer.

The benefits of being outdoors are many and it is sad to see
that the amount of time kids spend outdoors has drastically
declined over the years. Time spent on games and television
instead of outdoors can never be taken back or replaced.

About the Author: Jenny Talorman is an amateur writer who
enjoys learning and educating people on a range of topics
including; education, toddler toys
(http://www.thetoyshop.com/InfantAndPreschool) and games, young
peoples’ issues as well as baking.

Source: http://www.isnare.com

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