Let’s Go For A Walk

Author: belan |Mon, 05/11/2009

picUnlike adults, human babies are much closer to the Nature and, accordingly, are much further from the Civilization. Child's natural roots, instincts and necessities, require considerably more natural way of life. And the permanent staying under the roof, from the biological positions, could not be called natural.

Thus, a child must be in the fresh air. That is self-evident. A commonplace phrase everybody agrees with. But practical realization of indisputable theoretical proposition causes, nevertheless, the great number of questions. How to go for a walk? For how long? What weather and clothes are suitable for this? What is the connection of walks with illnesses?

So, it appears that it is necessary to learn how to go for a walk. Therefore, let's first, determine what the term "to go for a walk" means.

The main sense of walking is a contact with the factors of nature at a parallel attempt to loose touch with the factors of civilization. Now let us enumerate the advantages of walking outdoors following from our apartments' imperfections.

Any human housing is:

  • an accumulator of different parasites, including the pathogenic bacteria;
  • a source of elevated dust concentration, factors of household chemicals and allergens such as carpets, upholstered furniture, wool, varnishes, dyes, chlorine, etc.;
  • a complete absence of ultraviolet. This is not so important for adults, but very meaningful for children as the vitamin D is produced in a skin under the action of the UV rays;
  • a limited space. And this results in sharp limitation of motive activity.

Staying in the fresh air allows, first of all, to clean lungs from the accumulated in them household dust and improve functioning of mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tracts. The increase of power inputs on maintenance of the body temperature and on the motion activity influences all vitally important systems of organism, especially on the cardiovascular and immune systems.

Walks in the early childhood

It is necessary to provide a place, where the child will go for a walk. Balcony, if you live in town, or a certain place in the yard, if you have your private house, are the ideal places. The situation is more difficult, when you have none of these. Then any walk requires a permanent presence of adults near the child, but they have too many other duties (laundering, cleaning, sleep, cooking, etc.).

The earlier you begin to train a baby to stay in the fresh air, the better it will be for his health. It is possible to sit with the baby on a balcony for about 15-20 minutes already on the 10th day of life. The next day stay there 2 times for half of an hour and, gradually increase the frequency and duration of airing. At the age of one month the child should be able to spend the whole day on the balcony. The baby wakes up, you feed him, and leave him in the fresh air. You bring him in, feed and go for a walk again. The child always sleeps better on the balcony and eats after this with great relish. And who said that it is necessary to go for a walk only 1 or 2 times per day?

The weather conditions are the special question. In proper clothes and being protected from the wind the healthy kid feels fully comfortable even at temperature below zero. Generally speaking, low temperatures give less troubles, than the higher ones. During the hot period, especially if the balcony is located on the sunny side, airing on it is impossible and it is necessary to find the most cool place in the house or in the yard.

Parents are always worried, how to dress a kid going for a walk. To answer this question is possible only after you return. If a child is sweaty and red, next time it is necessary to decrease the amount of clothes. Every child reacts on walking differently and it is practically impossible to give the universal recommendations. It would be fully explainable, if for the first time you overdo the clothes.

The most important thing is to make the proper conclusions. Usually, if the child is hot, he is capricious and you have to bring him back home after a short time. Children feel cold very rarely - adults are so afraid of cold, that they exclude every possibility of it.

Walks with healthy children

The most important thing is to understand that the metabolic activity is accompanied by the heat emission. Children have their metabolism once or twice more intensive, than adults do. Consequently, in one period of time a child produces a bigger amount of heat than a grown-up man. Thus, we can conclude: when the adult feels cold, the child feels normally. When the adult feels normally, the child is warm. When the adult is warm, the child is hot.

Staying in the fresh air never can be superfluous. Of course the whole life should not grow into the continuous walking. But the time, free of studies, sleeping and eating must be devoted to staying out of doors. And it is very important not to overdo eating and studies: college + musical school + foreign languages + computer are incompatible with the sufficient staying on fresh air. Therefore parents have to set the priorities and find the golden mean. What is really more necessary (more important) for happiness - health or intelligence level?

Very rarely the weather appears to be bad for walking with a child (thundershower, hurricane, snow-storm, up to +40 or down to -30). And it is necessary to admit honestly that under a concept "bad weather" often the laziness of parents is hidden. Although, the reason can be not only in laziness or parents' being busy. Advances of civilization - television, computer, toys - more and more frequently result in that staying indoors is considered by a child as more preferable.

Necessity to spend time out of doors must be built up from infancy and considered by a child to be a norm, as the obligatory condition of reasonable way of life. Naturally, this can be achieved only when the attractiveness of outdoor activity is higher, than of watching cartoons. Active games, forest, mushrooms, fishing, skiing, sleighs and slides - are great, especially if adults like these too.

Household routines and occupation of parents must not stint the children. Teaching the independent outing is no less important, than good manners. From the earliest age it is necessary to give a child the maximum self-dependence. You should be near, but do not prevent him to learn the world and don't go off into hysterics because of wet feet or fallings. Playing games with other children is always desirable.

It is necessary to underline once again that the main thing about the child's clothes is its functionality. Comfort, lightness, possibility to realize the urgent physiological necessities - all of these are much more important, than the opinion of aunt Betty, asserting, that a fur coat is more warm and more beautiful, than a snow suit. Any clothes, not allowing a child to move normally - run, jump, turn his head, get up after fallings, are not admissible.

In the end, it is necessary to notice: any movement towards nature are healthy even because they start our natural mechanisms of adaptation. Moving to the nature (ground without the asphalt, sky above the head, wind, water, trees, etc.) is difficult, because it is necessary to forgo the amenities of civilization (sofa, TV, warm toilet, etc.).

All arguments against walking (except for those described above) have not a leg to stand on and are explained by fear, being busy and laziness.


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