Today I’ll be talking about how access to recreational facilities can impact your health and development.
By having easy access to recreational facilities it can greatly increase the likelihood of taking participation in regular physical activity. The benefits of this are you can have stronger muscles and bones, have greater cardiovascular endurance, be less likely to be overweight, have a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, develop positive relationships with other, have a better sleeping pattern, be more capable of handling physical and emotional challenges, be able to cope more effectively with stress and anxiety, have higher levels of self-esteem and have improved concentration.
Active play provides children with the opportunity to engage in physical activity that is important for establishing healthy behaviours. Active play is pretty much physical activity with bursts of moderate to vigorous intensity, such as playing in a playground where the child runs from one piece of equipment to another. Structured play is organised and involves rules, time limits and specific equipment. Examples of this would include playgroup, gym classes and swimming lessons. Unstructured play is less restricted such as letting your child pay freely on a playground.
The international guidelines for physical activity per day are
For toddlers, 30 minutes of structured physical activity and at least one hour of unstructured physical activity
Pre schoolers, 60 minutes of structured physical activity and at least one hour of unstructured physical activity
Children, at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity
In 2006 63.5 per cent of children aged 5-14 participated in sports outside of school according to the Australian bureau of statistics. The 2006 Australian national children’s nutrition and physical activity survey found that 74 per cent of children aged 9-14 years met the national guidelines...