Today kids are usually glued to the television screen or stuck indoors most of the time and don’t get a chance to play outside very often. I know that I am guilty of this and I do try to urge my kids to play outside in the backyard during the evenings. In fact, children should get at least an hour of physical activity each day according to the CDC. Depending on your child’s school, they may or may not get in the minimum requirement for physical activity. If your kids aren’t getting enough physical activity, you should try to get them to increase their activity and get them to take a break from their normal daily routine.
6 Benefits of Getting Your Children Outside to Play
Taking the kids to the park not only gets them out of the house but it is a great place for them to enjoy nature while having fun. Your children also need to be exposed to different and challenging environments. It is not only great for their physical health but it also helps their mental development too.
- Research shows that kids who play outside on a regular basis are healthier, fitter, and have a better self image.
- Kids who spend time outdoors get enough Vitamin D, which is vital for healthy bone development. You child can’t get enough Vitamin D from their diet or by using supplements. They need to spend time outside so that can absorb the Vitamin D from the sunshine.
- Kids need to be outdoors and take a break from electronics. In fact, playing outdoors will help improve their vision. They have to use their long distance vision to see things far away and gives them a chance to take their eyes off the screen.
- Playing outdoors makes them use their critical thinking skills, improve their coordination, learn new agility skills (ie a balance beam or moving bridge at the park), and help work on their balancing skills.
- Playing helps reduces their stress level, aggression, frustration, and helps them release their pent of energy. If you have a high energy child that is driving you crazy, take them to the park and let them burn off their excessive energy. It will help calm your child down. In fact, letting them play outside can help a child who has been diagnosed with Attention Defict Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) to restore their concentration and attention levels.
- A child who enjoys playing outside tends to be happier and enjoys life.