The Importance of ‘Physical Literacy’

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We all know how essential learning skills like literacy are for children of all ages, and appreciate the need to exercise the mind. Literacy describes the ability to gain knowledge through reading, and to communicate adequately using the written word, as well as comprehending text.

But what about the concept of physical literacy? This describes the ability to move in a variety of ways competently and with confidence, allowing the whole person to develop. Activity is the key to a long and happy life, and children and young people are recommended to get at least an hour of moderate to vigorous activity per day. Only a small proportion of girls and boys are meeting these requirements, due to a number of factors.

Benefits of exercise include:

  • Improved health and fitness
  • Higher school grades
  • Stronger bones and muscles
  • Feeling of wellbeing
  • More self confidence
  • Increased health in adulthood

Movements like running, jumping, hopping, catching, throwing and kicking improve agility, balance and co-ordination. Even short bursts of energy throughout the day can impact bone and muscle health positively, plus social skills are fine tuned when children play with others. Parents and teachers globally are being encouraged to provide frequent opportunities for physical literacy within the school or home environment. This will mean that children grow up to lead healthy and happy lives.

Most modern parks, school playgrounds and recreation areas have a variety of purpose built children’s play equipment these days to cater for most needs. You can buy climbing frames, playhouses and other fun play equipment for use in the garden. You will find a wide range of high quality children’s play equipment at SM Garden Sheds, all at competitive prices. Take a look at their website or give them a call on 0845 601 6299 or 0161 494 1371

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