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7 Reasons Why The Dangerous Adventure Club is Good for Kids

March 7, 2015
Imagination is the key to happiness

Imagination is the key to happiness

 

The Dangerous Adventure Club isn’t just engaging and energising, it may also be extremely good for you.
In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of outdoor learning and play  on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.

Here are 7 reasons why The Dangerous Adventure Club may actually be one of the healthiest holiday provisions on the planet.

1. The Dangerous Adventure Club Can Make You Smarter

The Dangerous Adventure Club doesn’t just provide stimulating and exciting outdoor adventures, it may literally make you smarter as well.
The active ingredient in The Dangerous Adventure Club;  exercise and creativity,  releases chemicals in the brain that makes children feel good – boosting self-esteem, helping  concentration as well as sleep, looking and feeling better and spurs on the imagination to go and share the experiences with family and friends and go do something in the woods during free time at weekends as well!
Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When we exercise, our bodies release chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in the brain and reduce perception of pain because they act as analgesics. Endorphins also act as sedatives. manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of our bodies are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Activity increases neuronal firing in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine. Dopamine is also a neurotransmitter and sends signals to other nerve cells and has a major role in reward-motivated behavior. If you can imagine a types of reward, then this increases the levels of dopamine in the brain. It is most responsible for cognitive alertness and supports the production of norepinephrine the neurotransmitter most responsible for vigilant concentration.

Many controlled trials have examined the effects of activity on the brain, demonstrating that physical movement can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and cognitive function. It is known that a decreased production level of dopamine, results in decrease production of norepinephrine and together with serotonin are all essential for feelings of well being. Without these there is a high level of depression and anxiety,

The Dangerous Adventure Club improves both mood and brain function.

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2. The Dangerous Adventure Club Can Help Your child become fitter, burn calories, reduce the likelihood of obesity and Improve Physical Performance

There’s a good reason why you will find happy and healthy children who are exposed to being in the outdoors .

Researchers have found that children who spent from five to 10 hours a week outdoors have a stronger sense of self-fulfillment and purpose than those who don’t.

They also found that the parents of the children who expressed the highest affinity toward nature and the strongest spirituality had spent significant time outdoors during their own childhoods.

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3. The Dangerous Adventure Club  May Drastically Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

Type II diabetes is a lifestyle-related disease that has reached epidemic proportions, having increased 10-fold in a few decades and now afflicting about 300 million people.
This disease is characterized by high blood glucose levels due to insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.
In observational studies, reducing obesity levels through activity  has been repeatedly associated with a lower risk of diabetes. The reduction in risk ranges from 23% all the way up to 67%

Bottom Line: Being Active is one of the 5 ways to develop and maintain Wellbeing according to the NEF:  Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. Activity is associated with a drastically reduced risk of developing type II diabetes. People who are active and eat healthily are the least likely to become diabetic.

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Not only can physical activity make you smarter in the short term, it may also protect your brain in old age, research shows that those adults who have a grater affinity with outdoors, nature and physical activity are more likely to have had an active engagement in childhood themselves. So by providing your child with the ability to play and learn outdoors, you are setting in motion a predisposition to seek out nature, wildspaces in their future.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the world and a leading cause of dementia. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, because of the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.

In a large study from Sweden, it was shown that a medium level of daily physical activity is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, especially in males.
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Bottom Line physical activity can be associated with a much lower risk of dementia and the neurodegenerative disorders Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Increase physical acitivity to reduce heart failure risk

A Swedish study of nearly 40,000 people followed from 1997 to 2010 has concluded that increased leisure time physical activity is related to a reduced risk of heart failure.

Exercise also has these added health benefits:

It strengthens your heart.
It increases energy levels.
It lowers blood pressure.
It improves muscle tone and strength.
It strengthens and builds bones.
It helps reduce body fat.
It makes you look fit and healthy.

4. The Dangerous Adventure Club  May be Extremely Good For The Immune System:

It’s no surprise that many children that play out regularly, are exposed to the elements, are active and creative, are more able to resit illness and are are generally healthier than those that aren’t. This is because on a regular basis these children are exposed to dirt, animals, pests, bacteria and everything else that make parents restrict children’s freedom to investigate and explore. Thinking that dirt, animals, plants and bacteria do more harm than good it’s actually a fallacy. Children at the Dangerous Adventure Club come into contact with these things in a natural way everyday they are outside and by engaging on a regular basis, they are less likely to develop autoimmune disorders and allergies.

5. The Dangerous Adventure Club May Decrease the Risk of Dying Young

Many people still seem to think that physical activity and being outside is dangerous and dirty for children.
But this is intact in exact opposition with what the actual studies say.

Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku has been well researched in Japan for decades and there has been reported increase levels of a positive mood and feelings of energy

It has been shown to reduce the levels of stress hormone, cortisol, and reduced blood pressure levels. High levels of cortisol suppresses the immune system increasing the likelihood of sickness and illness. So being in woodlands increases the ability of the immune system to fight those illnesses

Phytoncides are natural chemicals secreted by trees an by being in the presence of these phytoncides results in a build up of Natural Killer Cells or NK Cells in the body.

These NK Cells increase the  ability  of antiviral cells to work effectively in the system and the increases amount of intercellular anticancer proteins present fighting any cellular changesThe Japanese found that by spending just 20 minutes of walking into the woodlands altered cerebral blood flow and induced a state of relaxation.

We understand from science and doctors that stress is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease. In Australia, an expert group concluded that there is indeed a strong and consistent link between depression, social isolation and lack of quality social support and heart disease. These factors are as significant to heart health as abnormal blood lipid levels, smoking and high blood pressure.

The Dangerous Adventure Club provides children an opportunity to make friends, to learn how to develop coping mechanisms though being in woodlands that reduce stress, it allows them to feel better about themselves increasing self esteem and ability to cope in the world with a decreased possibility of social isolation and depression.

So the DAC can help you live longer!

6. The Dangerous Adventure Club is Loaded With Vitamins, Nutrients and Antioxidants

The Outdoors Provides Vitamin D: Good Food Provides a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices with balanced nutrients

It’s important that  children get Vitamin D, as well as a balanced diet. Vitamin D  is provided by the sun. Vitamin D helps promote better moods, energy levels, memory, overall health and more. Just 10-15 minutes out in the sun will give  children their daily dose of Vitamin D.

This may not seem like much, but if children can play outside every  day then this quickly adds up.
Bottom Line: The Dangerous Adventure Club provides  several vitamins and minerals, though the healthy eating programme provides children with a good support for wellbeing and healthy bones and muscles.

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Take Home Message

7. The Dangerous Adventure Club Stimulates the Imagination:

Sadly, many of today’s children are lacking  imagination. the tide has changed and  we are in the technological age –  children are literally presented with and shown everything they need.  There is no need to go outside and play cops and robbers when they can watch a film about it or play a video game. Infant they oddest even need to go to their friends house because they can play virtually though the internet. But please do not be fooled, ther visual cortex is essential in supporting the development of problem solving skills and conceptual abilities late in life. If they receive visual imprints all the time, the vital neurotransmitter do not fire up and get hard wired.  Playing outside helps children develop their imagination, which is something that television, video games, computers and iPods, do not do.

At the end of the day, it does seem quite clear that playing outdoors is NOT the villain it was made out to be.
If anything, the Dangerous Adventure Club may literaraly save your child’s life

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply play and other things March 9, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Reblogged this on Play and Other Things and commented:
    Great idea here and remember we can all have a little dangerous adventure with our own children.

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