How Play Benefits Adults As Well As Children
We’ve talked a lot about the many ways that play benefits children. It helps them develop better motor skills, lets them explore social skills and builds confidence. But kids aren’t the only ones who have a lot to gain from playtime. Play offers a wide range of benefits for adults as well.
Stress is an inescapable part of modern life. Our busy workdays often bleed into our off-time via email alerts on our cell phones. Traffic jams and crowded roadways make drivers impatient and leads to incidents of road rage. And if you have children, juggling your calendar and their social commitments at the same time can feel like herding cats. All of these minor stressors can add up over the long run and negatively affect your health by decreasing your body’s ability to fight disease.
Play For Stress Relief
For adults, playing with your children is an easy way to fight back against stress. Play can trigger the release of endorphins, your body’s natural feel-good chemicals. High endorphin levels help us feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress. Not only does it make you feel good, but by playing together, you can strengthen you parent-child bond while helping to develop your child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” –George Bernard Shaw
Play For Exercise & Energy
Exercise is another tool to fight stress, and play is a great way to exercise. Bouncing on a trampoline is a recipe for a good time, and it’s an easy way to get your aerobic workout in. Just 10 minutes of jumping on a Springfree Trampoline is equivalent to a 30-minute run. Climbing on and crawling through a Rainbow Play System lets you engage muscle groups that rarely see any action while you’re seated. Shooting hoops with your Goalsetter Basketball Goal lets you work out the tension in your fingers and wrists cause by repetitive mouse clicking or texting.
Play For Creativity
Taking the time to replenish yourself through play is one way to boost your creativity. When you’re stuck for a solution, pausing for play lets you engage the creative side of your brain. Taking your mind off the problem can often help you see things in a new light and lead you to fresh, creative solutions.
Make Play Convenient
Don’t have time to visit your neighborhood park or playground? Bring your favorite play equipment home to provide a convenient escape. Visit one of our showrooms today to experience the fun and stress relief of a Rainbow Play System, Goalsetter Basketball Goal or Springfree Trampoline.