Exercises for Children : Utilizing the Nature and Having Fun

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Exercises for children : exercise for children - utilizing the nature and having fun

This is my favorite topic, I love children and knows them all so well. I am a mom and I am proud of it, always will be. Of all the careers in the world it is the most precious career, of course fatherhood as well, wouldn’t you all agree? Fitness and fun plus utilizing the nature while being fit is the best. Children should be taught that as well, most parents will agree with me -- children should be able to appreciate the nature and what it does for them. Nature is the cheapest way for being fit. Walking, running and playing around outside will not cost us anything, only perspiration and it is good for us.

Remember, they are children only once and nature has lots to offer in terms of enjoyment and fun. We can also perspire while we watched them while they play, and the nice thing about it is that we can also enjoy the nature with them.. Even during winter time, the nature lets children appreciate the snow and what wonders can you do with it it. You can also read my other article about bonding with your children while having fun here.

utilizing the nature and having fun while child is exercising

Utilizing the nature and having fun - exercise and fitness for children

I grew up playing in the wild -- river, mountains, prairie and climbing trees. I have experienced riding in a carabao - (Philippines national animal). Carabao is almost the same as cow except that their color is black -- well there are white carabao as well, but they are rare. The meat from carabao is a little bit harder than the cow but it is the same in taste, almost I say. We had fun in the sun, in the rain - yes we play in the rain until we are soaked and after rolling in the mud and got dirtier, we go home, then change clothes then play again in the rain! There was never a dull moment -- we are free as a bird so to speak. I know the sound of each and every bird and I can properly tell what kind of worm I am digging in the soil. My mother will always tell us, it is healthful to have some dirt in your hands at times. It will increase your immune system, just wash your hands after playing and wash them thoroughly is the best-- mothers will say that.. And that is our form of fitness. We pick flowers in the prairie -- chase butterflies and play with birds, but they will always fly away with many children around. It has been a custom that when I go home from playing I have a bird in my hands and my mother will always tell me to set it free. I pouted because I ran after the bird, got my net in my hands and make it a captive after hours of chasing it with friends only to set them free again.

children biking with an adult

Benefits of physical activities/fitness for children

Physical activities are beneficial to children. According to American Heart Association (AHA) increased physical activity has been associated with (1) an increased life expectancy and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease plus physical activity (2) produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits. Inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. And physical activity helps with:

  1. controlling weight or maintaining it
  2. raising good cholesterol
  3. reducing the risk of diabetes and some forms of cancer
  4. improved psychological well-being, including gaining more self-confidence and higher self-esteem
  5. reducing blood pressure


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Recommendations for fitness

The AHA also recommends that :

  1. All children age 2 and older should participate in at least 30 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity physical activities every day that are developmentally appropriate and varied.
  2. If your child or children don't have a full 30-minute activity break each day, try to provide at least two 15-minute periods or three 10-minute periods in which they can engage in vigorous activities appropriate to their age, gender and stage of physical

playing ball makes them alert

group playing -- form of exercise for children - fun fun fun

Fitness for children : utilizing the nature and having fun 1 -- Biking, running, and ball games

Biking, running, and ball games

Try to organize other children to play with your children so that they will go together like jogging, running, playing ball games in a wide place or area. Usually there are bigger parks for these activities like biking, just walking or passing balls with themselves. Yes, I am good at organizing people, talk to your neighbors if they have children who wants to be included in activities.

Usually children goes to school until summer time, so talk with parents about going together with children in a park or wide ball game area for children to just play around. At least an adult should be there to go with them, you can salsa find the nearest park if you can, go by group and it is more fun,

  • They also develop strength and muscle, hand-eye coordination well when they play outside the house,
  • They can sleep well at night as well as they are tired playing outside the house.


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girl with her mom and a butterfly
girl with her mom and a butterfly

Fitness for children : utilizing the nature and having fun 2 -- enjoying the nature

Children likes to belong and go together plus they like to explore new things, they like to follow butterflies and they like bird watching in the park. Sit down with them and then take a walk follow the butterflies or birds, explain to them the beauty of the nature itself, while at the same time running and walking. Some children also climb trees with guidance of course. This is fun to develop their agility and risk taking behaviors. They will sense dangers and will know their limits. They should play with an adult though, supervised.

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kite flying is fun!

Fitness for children : utilizing the nature and having fun 3 -- group play and creativity

Playing tag in a wide area, just chasing each other, kite flying. Kite flying is very artistic, you can do this with your child, they are very easy to make and you can play them in an open area. It is also best to play this game during spring, summer and autumn. During winter of course, snow is fun as well, snowballing and throwing snows and making figures out of snow is fun.

Group plays are also important for the child to develop emotionally, learning to play with other children expand their horizon in understanding others as well. it is more fun as well because more laughter, more fun and they develop a sense of understanding that they are not the center of attention always. They also learn to share toys -- the value of sharing in general.

When they play outside the house, they also think what nature has to offer to them and how the wind helps us in some ways, like the air, sun and the trees that surrounds us. The parent may help by explaining to them the values of nature.

nature with children -- playing time

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Comments 43 comments

AARON99 6 years ago

Another great hub, Maita. You have choosen a great topic for awakening the child fitness. Enjoy.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Maita-just loved this hub-it is so important for children to have excersize and it can be accomplished through enjoyable times with other children! Rember hide-go-seek and the running we used to do? I love that little girl with the ponytails and the butterfly! SO cute! :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Maita, You covered this topic very thoroughly and it is a very good hub. I like that you added specific guidelines for age groups. Great hub.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Maita, I think the First Lady would love to have you on her team. Your recent hubs are great for helping parents to join in the national effort of prevent childhood obesity. Great job!!

Forever His,


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Great suggestions. Nice hub.


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charanjeet kaur 6 years ago from Delhi

Love this hub and rated it up, Dont you just love the hub hop feature. I am so glad to have bumped into this hub.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Maita - Awesome Hub. My favorite is riding the carabao in the Philippines,playing in the rain, and catching butterflies. I also spent much of my time as a child enjoying nature. It's a great escape.

Loved your hub!

Sage


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

It is definitely vital for children playing and playing outside. It is the healthiest thing you can do. Thank you for a great hub.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Maita, I can imagine you with dirt in your hands and on your face, chasing butterflies and how did you manage to catch the bird? Sounds like my childhood too--romping in the rain, soaked through with the rain of freedom and joy. The good old days.

Nature is our playground and you've covered every aspect of using nature to stay healthy and fit. Good work as always.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Nicely done, Maita.. this is a very important thing for the upcoming generation-- the obesity epidemic must be stopped!!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Cris, thank you, and yes obesity is a serious epidemic and it starts form home, oarents should realize that! Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi angel, thank you dear, yes in the rain, it is raining here today and I cant imagine children here playing in the rain, it is way too cold, hehe, and for the two of us we will be soaked, skinny me, its cold by the way, I captured birds by giving them rice and when they are nearer I have a trap thing which I throw at the bird, but then it needs precision and it takes me one whole day to get only one bird at times, fun fun fun, Happy weekend angel, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

I agree with you hello! outside playing is the best even in winter, isnt it? Thank you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Sage, nice to hear your comment, thank you and you take care ok, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

charanjeet thank you, hop is awesome really, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Sandy, great to se you again! maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Revlady, yes, but she doesnt know me hehe, shes an awesome lady, Best and hugs, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thank you Pamela, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Ghost, yes memories of childhood isnt it, fun and outside playing YES, how are you BTW and take care, nice weekend, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Aaron99, thnak you, maita


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate' it is a shame when we have to stop being children and stop playing and having a good time because it all becomes then exercise and work which isn't as much fun. Children I think have the better times in life because as soon as we become a teen or an adult the fun and joy of play becomes something we must do not something we want to do for the fun of it.

So Says,

KUYA Dave HUGS & KISSES MY ATE'


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

I feel like a kid reading this. And what a day we have here in NY. I want to go out and play! Another great read from my very dear Maita!


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blpelton 6 years ago

awesome! kid fitness!!!! well done! great hub!!!!

take care Bonnie


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K Partin 6 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

Morning Maita, great hub. I agree kids need to get out doors more and play. I remember when I was a kid I was outside until dark playing. Today they vegetate on the couch playing video games. That's ok, but the parents are to blame too, they should limit the videos and get them outside in the fresh air. Thanks hope your doing well happy weekend to ya. K.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

This is how we lived when I was growing up - right here in the City - we played hard as long as we can. I remember my mother stopping us to give us cucumbers with salt, or water with sugar to keep us hydrated. Add all the fresh air and sunshine - and the health you start out with in your youth stays with you a long time.

Why not now? Well, all the mothers have gone to work outside the house as well so no one to watch the children - there is no extended family (chances are grandma is still working until retirement age and income) - and add the poor quality GM based products sold as food - and our children don't have a chance to run free - and eat well. Sad sad sad.

Thanks for another great hub!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Kuya Dave, it is so nice for you to visit this hub of mine, thank you always and more HUGS, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Shari, hmm, thats a good news, spring is hre, wanna go out, but dear it is raining here, hmmm, Thank you Shari, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi K, agree to you, 100 percent, technology becomes a hazard, yes, and I hope you are really ok, it is raining and chily here, spring is here, YAY, take care, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

BK< your incites are great, thats it, it is like a concluding statement for my hub, and you have a clear grasp on what is happening, wouldnt you think capitalism and the economy is driving us down plus the politics etc as well, Thank you very much and Happy weekend, Maita


DAWG 6 years ago

GREAT ARTICLE PRETTY HORSE....SAD TO SAY...THINGS ARE SO DIFFERENT NOWADAYS....YOU CANT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF YOUR KIDS...EVEN OUT IN YOUR YARD...FOR A SEC....HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED SINCE I GREW UP IN THE 1970'S...(I'M 47)...BACK THEN...ME AN MY BEST FRIEND USED TO GO TO REMOTE FISHING HOLES THAT WERE ON DIRT ROADS THAT PETERED OFF INTO SWAMPS...WE USED TO CAMP OUT IN TENTS IN THE YARD....WALK TO THE BUS STOP WAY OUT IN THE COUNTRY, (FOR SCHOOL) NEVER HAD ANY FEAR OF BEING KIDNAPPED....ETC....NEITHER DID OUR PARENTS...BUT ANYWAY...NOT TO BLATHER ON TO LONG....JUST WISH WE COULD BRING THE OL DAYS BACK...THINGS SEEMED A LIL NICER THEN.....BLESS YOU MAAM....


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Exceptional. When young I used to play much like you, well, without the Carabao. :) I think we were luckier, no PC, no TV, and a lot of nature. Great hub Maita, rated and stumbled.


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Great article Maita, it's important to get kids out of the house and away from the tv. It's great to get them in to sports or outside activities early. And taking time to fly a kite with your child is a great idea. Thanks for the excellent advice, enjoy your day.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Ron, I am so glad youre alright now, and that youre never hurt. I hope the mercedes benz can still be put into use? thank you and take care, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey T, I am so glad to read your comment again, I bet youre enjoying March madness, take care, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thanks hypno, so glad to read your comments this afternoon, happy Sunday, Hmm, that carabao -- yes I miss it as well, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Mr DAWG, you have a clear point there, times are different and are riskier, but the good old days still rock, hmmmm. Thank you BTW for dropping by here, What are you up to in weeknds? Take care, Maita


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Nature is a wonderful teacher and for children to experience it is the greatest privilege. I grew up in the countryside and have never regretted that for one moment. I was great.

Thanks for sharing these great ideas in another great Hub.

Love and peace

Tony


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thank you Tony, and I agree with you, fun isnt it? Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very nice hub! It's easy to see that you love children! Thank you Maita!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

yes Mick, I love children, it gives me ionspiration when I write about them, thanks Mick, Night, Maita


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I'm not sure how I missed reading this hub, Maita, but I'm glad that I did! Seeing the picture of the carabao made me reminisce about Carlos Bulosan's "America is in the Heart," which is one of my all-time favorite books (and not just because it's by perhaps the Philippines' most celebrated author!). My father told me his own stories of the water buffalo he used to till the fields when he was a boy. Including the pic was really a nice touch--perhaps I just gave you another hub idea about the Philippine's National Animal, eh?

Wonderful and helpful hub, Maita! I had no idea that getting one's hands dirty with dirt is healthy! No wonder my dad is so healthy, as he loves to garden.

It's great to be back again :D

Salamat,

Dohn


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

DOHN, youre back, I am so glad, yes getting dirty is good, but you need to be cleaned up after DOHN hehe, You know Bulosan, he is a great writer, dont worry about it, I will write about animals on the Philippines. and your comments on my hub always inspire me, Thank you, Maita


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MosLadder 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

Great topic and thoroughly covered! I love your approach, kids love to exercise as long as they're having fun! Huh, sounds like most adults I know too :-)

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