The benefits of active play for children

As parents, we all want to see our children develop properly and be as happy and healthy as possible. A major part of this involves making sure they stay active. Regular physical exercise is the best way to achieve this, and active play is arguably the most enjoyable way for your children to get some exercise.

BETTER PHYSICAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Physical activity comes with arrange of benefits to children’s physical health. It helps to boost the immune system – your child’s natural defence against colds and bugs. This can be particularly beneficial during the colder months or when it’s time to go back to school!

Staying active also lowers cholesterol and improves the metabolism of carbohydrates – both of which help to prevent obesity and diabetes. Improved fitness is another given, helping your children to go for longer.

Exercise can also strengthen your child’s bones and muscles, which means they’re less likely to need a visit to A&E if they take a tumble (which can happen all too often!) And even though many children don’t need it, staying active will also mean your child has more energy.

EFFECTS ON THE MIND AND BRAIN

Exercise has been shown to help the brain to develop, meaning better mental functioning and improved memory. Fun exercise like active play also burns off harmful hormones while encouraging the release of happy ones – the equivalent of “runner’s high”.

Kids who exercise regularly have been proven to have better concentration, even at the end of a long school day. And perhaps most importantly, it improves self esteem and confidence. These are essential for a happy and well-rounded child, and perhaps unsurprisingly they’re especially improved by active play with other children.

PLAY COMBINES BOTH – AND IT’S FUN

If you want to make sure your children get enough physical exercise, active play is the perfect solution. Not only does it give your kids the option to have fun and socialise with other children, it’s an ideal way to get your children moving as they run, jump, swing and clamber their way across the soft play area.

AND COGNITIVE STIMULATION TOO

We all know that sensory stimulation is also beneficial to the healthy development of children. Lights, bright colours and sounds all encourage cognitive development – so at soft play areas like Little Giggles in Bristol you’ll find plenty of all of these.

Our activities and obstacles have also been designed with cognitive stimulation and motor skills in mind as much as physical exercise – so your children get the best of both worlds. And you won’t find them at your average play area either – they’re designed by Japanese company Yu Kids which is at the forefront of technology when it comes to soft play and adventure areas.

So if you’re in Bristol and you want your kids to start enjoying all the benefits that exercise has to offer, why not bring them to Little Giggles Soft Play for some active play when we open in 2017

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