1. The number one reason is that spending time outdoors is actually good for us is that spending time outdoors in the sunshine can help to boost vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption and this is vital for children’s growing bones.
2. Exercise – the best way to stay warm outdoors is to move and we all need to move as much as possible to support our health in a multitude of ways. A bracing walk, a game of tag or a race from puddle to puddle can all contribute.
3. For children, being cooped up indoors can restrict their use of energy – and not getting enough exercise can affect sleep and appetite for all of us.
4. Lack of exercise can also affect mood – and running around outside can help to put a smile on our faces.
5. Warm, stuffy rooms are breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria - they do not come from the cold weather as many believe and running around in the outdoors can help to shake them off.
6. Loads of fun – stomping through crisp fallen leaves, getting muddy, jumping in puddles, collecting conkers, getting soaked in the rain, sledging (if we are lucky enough to have snow) – there are endless ways to get creative.
7. Getting away from technology – laughing, shouting, running, jumping and doing anything that doesn’t involve looking at a screen.
8. Understanding the natural world – this is vital in a world where technology is paramount from a very early age – exploring and learning about the outdoors is fun at any age.
9. Exposure to dirt, bacteria, animals and insects can help to support the immune system.
10. To come back inside to a mug of warming soup or hot chocolate.