According to the new study from the American Heart Association, 5 percent of US children and teens are classified as severely obese. With this alarming rate, the importance of playing outside has never been more important than ever before.
The rapidly growing trend of "screen time" has been a major contributor to obesity and one of the many reasons that children spend less time on physical activity. Young children spend more time watching TV, playing video games, using the internet or texting/chatting with friends online. It is important that parents should be encouraging, engaging, and recognizing progress towards best practices and policies for physical activities.
Whether it is jumping on a trampoline or climbing on a swing set, the important thing is that a child reaps the benefits of outdoor activities during his or her childhood.
- Helps develop motor skills
- Improves cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness
- Fresh air strengthens immune system, especially important during the cold and flu season
- Improves distance vision and lowers the chance of nearsightedness
- Increases exposure to sunlight and Vitamin D, which can help against bone disease, heart disease or diabetes
- Improves sleep quality as outdoor light helps sets internal clock, which lead to better sleep at night
- Allows children to have less distractions, and let them focus on the larger picture
- Helps recharge and release pent up energy after a long period of learning, making for a better academic progress
- Stress levels fall and good mood increase when children are exposed to green space
- Enhances social skills and helps to develop relationships
It is suggested that children aged between 5 and 15 years do at least 60 minutes of
physical activity each day. There is a very good way to encourage physical activity for your children and that is in your very own backyard. With the use of age-appropriate equipment, your backyard playset can be a great way for your children to get their daily dose of play time!!
Your children will have an extra boost in building muscle strength through jumping, swinging, crawling, and climbing. Try the swing set obstacle course which gives the knees and hips a better endurance and allows them to be imaginative and creative too.
Playset Obstacle Course
- Climb up the slide
- Go down the ladder
- Swing like Superman
- Hang from the trapeze bar for 5 seconds
- Swing on our knees 2x
- Climb up the ladder
- Slide down on your tummy
- Give me a high 5!