No matter what the weather we spend at least 20min outside everyday, and when it's dry usually at least 1-2hours. Having grown up in South Africa where we have long summers and short mild winters and would live mainly outdoors. It's so hard to adjust to the sedentary lifestyle of the UK and it's hard for me to see so many young kids with little or no interest in doing sport. I am really excited by the prospect of spring coming and milder days and it hasn't been to bad this week. Yesterday we visited an open common, the last time I brought Mr A here he was very small and this time he spent the whole hour running around like a mad man. Sam the dog came with us too, who is getting on a bit now but also really enjoyed the fresh air.
|Mr A all ready to go in his Ben Sherman Parka|
The reasons why I think outdoor activities is so important is that it keeps us connected to the natural world, something we are losing everyday with technology. Fresh air and keeping fit not only improves your energy levels but also your self-confidence and people who get out more tend to be happier. The outdoor world is an amazing place for young children and they need little encouragement to be creative and do role playing. A lot of things they are seeing for the first time with fresh eyes and this can make you appreciate it more as well. There is nothing like lying in the grass and looking up at the sky or playing a stick sword fight, so here's to hopefully a good summer ahead of us and lots of outdoor fun