So why should your kids play outside? There are actually proven health benefits of playing outside that can effect the health and wellness of children at a young age.
- Improves Vision - children who play outside have better distance vision than those that primarily stay indoors
- Promotes Social Skills - unstructured play promotes a wide range of skills; it's not just about running and staying active, but learning social skills, executive functions, and behavioral skills through play
- Increases Attention Span - outdoor settings appear to reduce ADHD symptoms in children; exposure to natural settings through after school play and weekend activities can be effective in reducing attention deficit symptoms
- Reduces Stress - spending time outside playing is relaxing and healing; studies show it reduces stress level in kids
- Provides Natural Source of Vitamin D - playing outside provides natural exposure to vitamin D which is an essential nutrient needed for normal bodily functionJust playing outside around 60 minutes a day can increase health benefits, and build a foundation that leads to a healthier future. Lifelong habits are formed at a young age. Typically, active kids are active adults. Help your children discover the world around them. Get out and play!