As the warmer weather approaches we inevitably reach for the wellies and backpacks and start looking for ways to get outdoors with the family.
Not only do outdoor pursuits get your little ones into an active lifestyle, they also help burn off energy and keep the whole family happy and healthy! But don’t settle for a walk round the local park (although that’s fine too!) – we’ve got other ideas…
What about dusting off the bikes and heading for a scenic bike ride; beach games such as volleyball or soft tennis; group games for when you can get other families involved – such as rounders, short cricket or mini athletics. The possibilities are endless!
Kite-flying is definitely top of the list when it comes to fun family activities that also have health benefits – but we’re sure you have your own outdoor favourites too. Share your ideas with us on social media and check out our list below for more on the health benefits of kite flying in particular!
- Heart rate – The aerobic exercise you enjoy whilst chasing after that kite has all manner of health benefits. It reduces the risk of many conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and many more. It improves heart health and strengthens your immune system.
- Core strength – Balancing your body weight against the pull of the wind on your kite actually helps engage your core muscles, which are important for posture and preventing injuries.
- Arm strength – It’s surprising how much strength you need to keep those kite strings in your grasp! Whilst even little ones can do it thanks to the easy to fly design of the Kitedrone kites, it’s still a great upper arm workout to get those young (or older!) muscles working.
- Co-ordination – OK so it’s not exactly a health benefit but better hand-eye co-ordination is a must for young and old alike. It helps kids improve their skills in all sorts of sports and comes in pretty ‘handy’ for grownups too.
- Happy hormones – So some people might get their kicks at the gym (nope, us neither) but it’s a proven fact that if you’re having fun you’re much more likely to get a spike of the health-boosting happy hormone serotonin, which is linked with healthy mood balance, brain development and even skin health.
As if that wasn’t enough to convince you to take up kite-flying, we still have some great stuff to come in our Kitedrone takeover week, including a competition to get your hands on your very own kite!