Go Fly a Kite: The Benefits You Didn't See Coming
By Brandi Swieter
Kite flying is a common pastime during the spring and summer months when the skies are clear. While many people do it for the simple joy, others realize the benefits that flying kites brings. More and more people should start taking up the activity on windy days to experience the many health benefits that not everyone realizes exist.
Improved Eye Health
Although it’s not ideal to stare into the sun, it is good for the eyes to look up at the bright blue sky. Peering up at the sky and searching for the kite as it soars above helps to increase eye strength and improve vision overall. It helps to regulate the eye muscles and alleviate fatigue of the eyes.
Reduced Stress Levels
People who regularly feel stressed tend to get sick more often and experience bursts of anger and depression. Finding ways to reduce stress levels is key in maintaining optimal health. Flying a kite is just one method useful for reducing stress levels. Watching the kite float in the sky is an easy way to relax the mind and let go of daily stressors causing problems.
Increased Physical Activity
Those who go outside and fly a kite are getting far more physical activity than those sitting at home. Kite-flying requires energy as people have to walk and even run to keep up with the wind as it pushes their kite farther and farther away. Simply having to walk back and forth to keep track of the kite as it moves is enough to qualify as exercise.
Just as flying a kite can help to reduce levels of stress, it can also help with feelings of anxiousness. Those who struggle with anxiety should get outside and fly a kite to lessen their symptoms. Spending time in any way in nature helps to ease the mind and promote better mental health.
Particularly in regards to the neck, flying a kite can help to promote flexibility. Far too many people spend their days with their necks remaining in one position, often looking down at a screen. This can lead to muscle strain and stiffness. The act of looking up and extending the neck helps to promote flexibility and stretch the spine.
Go fly a kite and experience the benefits not many saw coming. This simple childhood activity has far greater advantages than some options, making it a great fitness choice for kids and adults alike.
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