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Children Spend Just One Hour A Day Outside

Children in the UK spend just one hour a day outside, and more than double that indoors on their video games.

This is according to new research released by Decathlon, which showed kids between six and 16 years old are outdoors for only seven hours a week.

However, the survey of 2,000 British parents and children conducted by OnePoll also revealed they play video games, watch TV, listen to music and go on the internet for more than twice this.

Department manager at the sports retailer said: “With games such as ‘Fortnite’ taking over the lives of many young children, they would prefer to stay indoors than kick a football around with friends or wander through the woods.”

While the majority of parents (more than two-thirds) are concerned their children do not spend enough time in nature, they also do not seem to be encouraging outdoor activities they would have taken part in when they were kids.

For instance, 40 per cent of British adolescents claimed they have never gone camping; almost half have never enjoyed the experience of building a den; and more than 50 per cent have never even climbed a tree.

Mr Allen added: “Gadgets are keeping them [children] from enjoying the great outdoors.”

There are many ways you can encourage your children to enjoy spending time outside – from taking part in some of the many National Trust activities run for children to inviting their friends to the park for a picnic.

Once they are keen on the outdoors, they might be interested in embarking on a Duke of Edinburgh award in the future, which is excellent at boosting confidence, communication skills and teamwork.

For things to do in Cheshire this summer holiday, take a look at what we have going on here.

The Benefits Of Indoor Rock Climbing

The activity that certainly seems to be currying favour more than most at the moment absolutely has to be indoor rock climbing, which you may hear referred to as bouldering from time to time as well.

It’s a very challenging but highly exciting and enjoyable sport so it’s no surprise that so many of you out there are giving it a go. If you’re trying to get in shape, it’s a brilliant way of going about it because it will work absolutely every part of your body – and you’ll certainly feel it the next day.

It works your core muscles because you need to engage these as you climb to give the proper support your arms and legs need, but obviously you’ll also work your arms and legs out a lot as well or you’ll never make it to the next hold on the wall.

But it’s not just the physical benefits that you’ll reap when you start to climb. Don’t forget about your mental health as well! Climbing makes you feel incredibly good, particularly when you complete a climb that you’ve been working on for weeks. The sense of achievement is certainly something to write home about!

Your problem-solving skills could also receive a serious boost because you have to work out where your next hold is and the best way to go about reaching the top of the climb. It’s all about strategy and without this, you may well find you flounder.

And then there’s the social aspect of it all… we’ve already mentioned that it’s a very popular pastime these days. You’re sure to make lots of new friends when you start your climbing adventure. Before you know it you’ll be able to tackle one of these stunning outdoor climbing spots as well!

Contact us today for more information on mobile climbing wall hire.

How To Stay Cool While Enjoying Outdoor Activities

This unprecedented heatwave the UK has been experiencing has been welcomed by most people, particularly those who love spending time outdoors. With glorious sunshine every day for the last few weeks, most of us have enjoyed being able to take part in our favourite adventure activities in Derbyshire without carrying an umbrella or wellies around with us.

However, with temperatures exceeding 30C in many parts of the country, it is essential to stay cool in the intense sunshine. Here are some tips on how to keep safe while still enjoying your time outdoors.

 

– Dress smart

If you are planning to spend a long day outside, it is important to dress smart according to the weather forecast. Light-coloured, lightweight and loose clothing is the best choice, as it doesn’t cling to the skin and allows it to breathe.

Black, tight and metallic shades are known to raise the body temperature, so avoid these where possible, and choose athletic gear made from breathable fabric over cotton as they allow some airflow through the fabric.

 

– Seek shade

Us Brits are drawn to the sunshine because it’s so rare we see it. However, just because it is sunny, this doesn’t mean we have to stay in the sun all day long.

Remember to seek shade when you feel yourself getting too hot, and avoid being in the sunshine during the hottest hours of the day (11:00 – 15:00). If you have to stay outside, bring an umbrella with you or wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head from the sunshine.

 

– Stay hydrated

It is essential to stay hydrated when being physical outdoors in the summer, so make sure you drink plenty. Medical Daily advises to drink a glass of water before going outside to ensure you don’t lose excess water during the first 45 minutes of any strenuous activity. It is also wise to have a refillable bottle you can keep drinking from so you don’t dehydrate as you sweat.

Having a cooling spray and a personal mister, or wetting a towel and applying it to your body are also good ways to reduce your body temperature and protect yourself from sunstroke during this heatwave.

DofE ‘Helps Youngsters Build Confidence’

There are a multitude of reasons why it’s great to encourage young people to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award. One person who has recently completed her DofE Gold Award has been speaking about her experiences and how she grew in confidence as she progressed.

Eithne, who’s now 20, told The National that one of the most important things for her was volunteering.

She explained that doing volunteer work was “a completely new experience”, and one that helped her meet people across all ages, as well as getting involved in and leading a range of activities.

“My confidence improved hugely in communicating with new people, cooking in the kitchen and even group sports,” she revealed.

Another thing she tried as part of her DofE Award was hill walking and going on expeditions, something she previously hadn’t experienced. Eithne explained that this took her to “amazing places in Scotland”, adding that despite not having a lot of experience of outdoor activities, she received a lot of support and encouragement.

Getting involved in DofE expeditions is one of the many brilliant things about following this award.

Luke Hill, who recently received his DofE Gold Award in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace told Luton Today that one of the most important skills he developed during his expeditions was teamwork.

He added that one of the highlights of his time working towards his DofE Gold Award came at the end of his final expedition, when the team saw their minibus and realised that they had almost completed their goal. Despite being exhausted, they ran to the bus to finish their expedition.

“To sum it up, it has been an amazing, rewarding experience” he said.

Affordable Family Ideas For The Summer Holidays

With the school holidays fast approaching you might be interested in finding some fun outdoor activities in Cheshire to keep the kids entertained,  Pop Sugar offers suggestions of some great ideas you can do with your family this summer, while keeping on a budget.

Why not go out and fly a kite on a breezy day? You can pick up kites cheaply online or even better consider doing some arts and crafts by building one yourselves.

If you have a day where the weather isn’t the best, then why not set up a paint station in your home? Organise a dedicated area, all stick some old clothes on and get creative.

Simply heading to your local park for some fresh air and letting the kids run around can be a great day out. Why not plan to feed the ducks? If you have some spare vegetables at home take these rather than bread, but check online to see the best food items beforehand.

Plan a water fight at home. If you have a sprinkler this great fun to run through and water balloons can be picked up inexpensively. You could even look at investing in a slip and slide which will provide hours of fun.

Research online to see if there are any local farms near to you that have fruit picking. Now is the perfect time as all the fruit is ripening. You could even make something with whatever produce you’ve picked once your home.

Get out in the garden and plant some flowers. You could always dedicate a space so that your children have their own little piece of garden to look after.

Treat Dad To An Activity-Filled Father’s Day

When it comes to dads, it can be tricky to think of things to get them for Father’s Day. When you have already bought them socks, ties, mugs and photos over the years, you might be starting to run out of ideas.

So, how about getting them involved in an activity this June 17th, for a Father’s Day they will always remember?

 

  Bushcraft

If your dad fancies himself as Ray Mears, put him to the test with a bushcraft experience. With this activity, he will learn a huge number of new skills, including lighting a fire, foraging for food, sourcing drinkable water and using natural materials to build shelter.

In addition to this, he will get to work as a team and discover how to problem-solve in this back-to-nature adventure.

 

– High ropes

High ropes is a great activity for both dads who love leaping through the air and those who have a fear of heights. The zip-lining, climbing experience will get the Tarzan enthusiasts’ adrenaline pumping for sure.

However, it is also a good choice for those who want to conquer their fears within a safe environment.

By the end of the day, they are sure to love flying down the zip line!

 

– Weaseling

For those with dads who think they’ve tried it all, why not encourage them to give weaselling a go? This is a natural obstacle course that will see participants scramble over rocks in the Peak District National Park.

For more outdoor activities in the Peak District for Father’s Day, take a look at our website.