How can walking aid you and your child’s wellbeing?
Going on a walk can revive us. Whether we explore quiet forests, look out over a rugged headland towards the sea or stroll around our favourite park, spending time in nature can give us a sense of peace. Considering this, our nurseries run Tops Forest School, a way of learning new skills and getting some great experiences outside.
Walking keeps our bodies and minds healthy, giving us a moment away from the stresses of daily life and the space to gather our thoughts. Exploring open countryside also brings us closer to nature, giving us time to notice how the raindrops cling to a spider’s web or listen to the wind in the trees.
There are numerous benefits of walking. Some of the most common include:
- Improved sleep
- Better endurance
- Stress relief
- Improvement in mood
- Increased energy and stamina
- Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
Walking helps boost your mood because it increases blood flow and blood circulation to the brain and body. It has a positive influence on your central nervous response system. When you exercise by walking, you calm your nerves, which can make you feel less stressed.
Whether you are a parent or teacher, if children in your care need some encouragement to walk more check out these ideas:
- Map reading
- Scavenger hunt
- Start a journal
- Collect leaves and petals to press at home
What we do at Tops
At Tops, we take part in the daily mile, an initiative that has been embraced by our nurseries as a way to get the children exercising for 15 minutes, whether it’s a run, jog or walk, it keeps those legs moving and improves the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children.
If you want to find out more about Tops Day Nurseries, we are here to help so don’t hesitate to get in touch.