Physical activity is important to the short term and long term health and well being of children. In the short term physical activity helps children to build muscle, develops the skeletal frame, develops the heart and lung function and helps to prevent obesity. If children have enough physical activity a day which is said to be up to an hour it can help the children get to sleep easier and for longer periods of time, this can then lead onto long term benefits as if the activity is in the garden it will also help the child to build up a good immune system so they will be less likely to fall ill to the common cold or the flu. This outdoor environment helps the over all wellbeing of the children as the outdoors makes them fell free helping their emotional and social development as it allows them to learn new skills and develop confidence in playing alongside others. In the long term physical activity helps the children to become interested in sports and outdoor activities this is a good foundation to build when the children are young because a thy grow older it is said that children and young adults start to become less active so early physical activity is beneficial for the child in the long term. If when children are young they do take part in physical activity it is likely that they will become obese later on in their life which in turn could end up with them getting serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer or heart diseases, it could also result in girls having osteoporosis later on in their life. Recent studies are showing that children who have lack of physical activity in their child hood show early signs of heart disease by the time they reach the age of just 12 years old.
Natural outdoor environments is very important when it comes to physical activity and movement skills as if the child does not gain the required movement they will not gain mobility or be able to use their limbs to the full advantage. Physical...