Healthy Life Styles

Healthy Physical Lifestyles Assignment | 18th July 2016 |
Gemma Gill | |

Over the past 20 or so years our lives have changed dramatically, we as a nation lead an inactive lifestyle. Children now have access to a number of interactive gaming machines, computers and tablets. Children play outside a lot less due the concerns of parents and guardians regarding safety and when it comes to the school runs parents (especially working ones) drive their children to the school gates.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must be covered within educational programmes in early year’s settings. All areas of learning and development are important and they overlap. Three areas in particular are crucial to build children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and in turn increase their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas are:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
There are many long and short term benefits of exercise especially for children as part of their physical, emotional and cognitive development.
Short term benefits to regular exercise can include:
  * more energy
  * healthy weight
  * within all setting children (must) have a safe play space
  * emotional wellbeing and mood
  * learning social skills
  * can enhance concentration
  * improves sleep quality
There are also long term benefits to regular exercise such as:
  *   helping to reduce illness such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes
  * helps develop hand eye coordination
  * boosts memory
  *   helps create friendships through team games.
  * enhancing bone and muscular development
  * improves...