Physical Activity in the Early Years


Health and Wellbeing at The Windsor Early Years Nursery

What role does exercise play in the Early Years?

Exercise is a really important part of early years’ development, it provides so many wonderful opportunities to explore new adventures and is a way of developing and discovering new skills that have yet to be explored. If a child takes part in exercise everyday whether it be walking, running, climbing, dancing, running, jumping or playing active games, this all plays an important part in developing a love of physical activity.

Exercise supports children to achieve and maintain a healthy body and mind. It helps to build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints. It is also a great way for young children to develop early years’ skills. Children are able to maintain a healthy balance, improve self-confidence, develop great social skills with boundless opportunities that all help to support brains development.

 

This month, we are looking at the value of getting out on your bike?

Why Cycle?

Cycling is a great way to introduce some fun to children. Whether it is a day to day activity, or an occasional day out and adventure, it is a great way to help keep your child and family stay healthy.

Cycling is a something really quite simple and just needs some practice. Children generally pick up the skill of cycling fairly quickly. Introducing a ‘balance bike’ as a first stage to introducing a bike to a child is a great way of developing balance without having to negotiate pedals! ☺

Encouraging children from a young age provides an enjoyable skill for life creating life long memories.

Here are some great reasons why cycling is good for children.
  • Cycling improves fitness and encourages children to get fresh air and Vitamin D
  • It encourages a child from a younger age to be healthy through exercise
  • Cycling raises the heart rate, keeping hearts and bloody circulation healthy
  • Cycling boosts a positive mental attitude, and can help take the mind off every day stresses and anxieties
  • There are some wonderful bicycle paths, parks and open spaces for children to ride safely. They are there to be explored and enjoyed.

 

What are the physical benefits of cycling?

“Obesity rates have more than doubled in the last twenty years, owed in part to, urbanisation of neighborhoods, availability of transport, and widespread uptake of technology, all resulting in children spending more time indoors stuck to mobile devices and computer game, Cycling helps with cardiovascular fitness and stamina by getting the heart pumping more efficiently. Pedaling activates the leg muscles, building strength and muscle mass in the legs. At the same time, cycling helps create stability in the torso, and improves children’s visuospatial skills and coordination’.

Cycling also provides children with exposure to sunlight and the multitude of health benefits including vitamin D.  Cycling not only helps children to be healthy and active, it can play a crucial role in your child’s all round development. Beyond the obvious physical benefits, cycling can have a positive impact on your child’s psychological health. Quite simply, children feel happier when they exercise, invariably leading to reduced stress levels, which helps keep anxiety at bay. Improvements in fitness and body shape can lead to a boost in self-confidence, and participation in a social activity can help children develop bonds with their peers. Not to mention the freedom and independence to get around.

 

Building Memories

Being active in childhood means children are more likely to be active later in life and it is an important part of developing a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Teaching a child to learn to ride a bike can be a great bonding opportunity for parents and children and you never forget the experience. So stop watching TV and looking at our iphones and take the kids out for a healthy and active weekend of bike riding.

Hope to see you on your Bike ☺ from The Tiffin.