Top 5 reasons to go outdoors
In a technology-centric world, it’s easy for children and teenagers, as well as adults, to find themselves trapped in a cycle of staying indoors. There’s the TV to watch, the computer and laptop to play on and mobile phone to keep them distracted. But experts say there are some very important reasons why children and teenagers should be spending as much time as possible outside, and why as adults it’s important for us to set an example.
1. The physical benefits
Make no bones about it, children and adults who spend more time outdoors tend to be physically fitter and healthier. Experts list among the benefits of being outdoors as weight loss, reduced blood pressure and cholesterol, and heightened immunity and decreased stress hormones, to name just a few!
2. It’s good for the mind
Going for a walk, run or cycle and taking in the fresh air isn’t just good for the body, it’s essential for the mind too! Expert say just short periods outside will bring on positive effects on mental stamina and cognitive performance. In fact, studies have shown a short walk can boost memory and attention spans? Great for brainy kids, eh!
3. Vitamin levels
So many adults and children are deficient in infection-fighting Vitamin D, and don’t even know it! But everyone’s Vitamin D levels can be instantly lifted by spending more time outside exposed to the sun’s rays, preventing chronic diseases, and even several types of cancer!
4. Sleep easily
Being in a natural setting is also said to help improve quality of sleep, as studies show that natural sunlight helps set the body's internal clock which tells us when to eat and sleep, and normalises hormonal functions that occur at specific times of the day.
5. Don’t stress
You’re likely to be much happier if you go outside. Experts say being outdoors is a sure fire way to lift your mood because we’re hard-wired to want to be closer to nature, with green spaces and trees offering subconscious feelings of protection and nutrition.
Yvolution’s range of scooters offer a wheelie good way to encourage tweens and teens to take to the great outdoors and experience these benefits. Why not give the child or teenager in your life the gift of wheels this Christmas? It’s the gift that will keep on giving and one they’ll thank you for as they grow into healthy and happy adults!