It’s no secret that a habit of regular activity helps the body in many different ways. Regular exercise can contribute to increased blood flow, decreased incidences of obesity, better physical fitness and improved mental acuity. And, as recent studies are showing, it may even contribute to a better night’s sleep.
A recent study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood reports that every hour of the day children are inactive adds three minutes to the time it takes them to fall asleep. The study also indicates that children who fall asleep faster also sleep for longer, although it does not seem there is a direct correlation between the two. With other studies indicating that 87 per cent of Canadian children do not meet national guidelines for physical activity, it’s no wonder that children may not be properly mentally focussed when they are in the classroom and their grades suffer as a result.
Thankfully, there is hope. One of the best ways to help combat this trend is to provide more opportunities for kids to be active. More awareness for child fitness and activity is being raised by numerous organizations, such as IPEMA’s Voice of Play and Operation Pull Your Own Weight.
At Dynamo, we work diligently to provide opportunities for active play. Helping kids stay active is one of the main ingredients that Dynamo builds into each and every piece of equipment. Whether it is climbing high on a Net Climber, running around in circles with a Rotating Climber, riding for hours on a Biggo Flyer, or bouncing the day away on a Net Jumper, Dynamo equipment will keep kids moving and active, which is key to helping our kids be healthier, happier and more successful.