Benefits of walking, wiggling and dancing

Posted by / Monday 09 March 2020 / Parenting Tips Activities

One of the healthiest things you can do for your body is to get out and get moving. That’s why The Very Hungry Caterpillar has joined up with Action for Children to create a fundraising wiggle-y walk for children. The Giant Wiggle a great way to keep little ones active, this year it takes place in May.

Children benefit from exercising in different ways. Walking, ‘wiggling’ and dancing can be just a few of the fun ways your kids can get some of their daily activity in. These are wonderful ways to help them channel their energy and encourage healthy habits from an early age.


Good for all ages

These light, yet fun, types of exercise are good for all age groups, and people with different levels of athletic ability can participate in dancing and wiggling about. The whole family can join in!



These activities can be a great way of meeting up with new people or old friends, which can be beneficial for both you and your child. Going for a walk? Invite your neighbours or create a group that you walk to school with. Your children will love the company and it is a great way for you to meet other families, parents and carers.

Health advantages

According to Pro Dance Center, regular dance practice can increase your child's flexibility, range of motion, physical strength, stamina and posture. Your children don’t have to take lessons to enjoy dancing. Try having a mini disco in your living room. If you don’t have much space or your child doesn’t enjoy dancing, they can always wiggle and get some of the same health benefits just by moving in whatever way they are most comfortable with. The music alone is bound to make them smile. :)


Body awareness

Exercise is a good way to help your children gain awareness of their bodies as well as discovering their abilities and limitations in exercise. When moving by walking, dancing or wiggling, you are learning to focus on things such as body base, body shapes and the different parts of your body.

Good for everyone

The great thing about these exercises is that they can be catered to any level –children who have physical limitations can learn how to wiggle and dance in whatever way they are able or comfortable with. Easy, brisk walks and dance moves that are simple to learn are great ways to start. Just make sure that your child is enjoying whatever activity they are participating in.

Join the Giant Wiggle enjoy a fundraising walk with your school, nursery and family this May. Sign up today for your free fundraising pack and you’ll see for yourself how exercise can change lives, involve you in your community and make your little ones smile from ear to ear, all while raising money for vulnerable children in the UK.

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