Have you heard about Vuly Play’s Lift 2 Trampoline – specifically designed with a powder-coated frame and UV-resistant enclosure – perfect for playtime in the great Australian outdoors! In fact, regular outdoor play has a variety of benefits for kids’ health, improving their overall physical and mental well-being:
Improves fitness and combats disease
Whether it’s bouncing on a trampoline, building a fort or exploring their own backyard, outdoor play helps children enjoy the recommended amount of daily exercise. Children who have regular exercise are less likely to develop obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases.
According to guidelines from the Australian Department of Health:
- Infants (Birth to 1 year) should have supervised floor-based play every day, including at least 30 minutes of tummy time.
- Toddlers (1 to 5 years) and Pre-schoolers (3 to 5 years) should be physically active for at least 180 minutes every day. A variety of high-energy playtime activities – including running, jumping and twirling – should be spread throughout the day.
- Children (5 to 12 years) should participate in moderate or vigorous activity for at least 60 minutes every day. Playtime for this age group can consist of organised and non-organised sports, games and other outdoor activities.
Updated health guidelines also recommend limiting the time children spend doing sedentary activities, such as playing on a computer, or using smartphones and tablet devices.
Reduces stress and boosts Vitamin D
Regular outdoor play allows the body to intake Vitamin D, which is essential to the process of calcium absorption and building healthier bones. Outdoor play is critical as 80% of all Vitamin D intake is derived from sunlight.
Aussie kids will be exposed to sufficient levels of Vitamin D with just 15 minutes of playtime in the sun. Of course, it’s important to practice sun safety and avoid skin irritation. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat will help children enjoy the benefits of Vitamin D – without a sunburn!
In addition to assisting with calcium absorption, Vitamin D helps release neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. These ‘feelgood’ hormones affect brain function, and can reduce feelings of stress or anxiety. Incredibly – every tissue within the body has Vitamin D receptors, including the brain, heart, muscles and immune system – which means it’s vital for kids’ development.
Promotes social and cognitive development
Outdoor play allows children to interact with their peers more organically, and helps to develop crucial social skills. Playtime teaches kids important social lessons about sharing, negotiation, conflict resolution and personal confidence. Games that require communication or teamwork can also promote improved language skills and self-advocacy.
Playtime offers opportunities for children to use their imaginations and experience creative growth – which aids in cognitive development. In fact, outdoor play helps children to take risks and develop self-awareness. For example, kids may discover how high they can jump, how far they can kick a ball, or can simply enjoy a connection to nature.
Our friends at Vuly Play are generously providing us with a Lift 2 Trampoline.
Ginger Sport can offer a variety of news ideas to encourage your kids to head outdoors. For more information about Australia’s safest and most durable trampolines, visit Vuly Play.
About the Vuly Lift 2 trampoline:
Australia’s favourite trampoline comes complete with double-sided padding, that endures changing weather conditions to prevent spring exposure. Advanced safety features ensure that bouncers never come into contact with springs, poles or the trampoline frame. The Vuly 2 is made from super-fine mesh and tightly-woven netting, that protects fingers and toes. Vuly is an award-winning designer of Australian made trampolines and outdoor play equipment.