We have families come in all the time who are looking for playsets for their kids because they want their kids to have a safe place to play outdoors close to home.
What some don’t realize is that by buying a swing set, parents are also helping their kids grow up healthy.
It’s no secret that child obesity is a big problem. By adding a playset to the backyard, parents are effectively giving their children their own, “exercise room.”
Outdoor Play Is Exercise!
As adults, we sometimes tend to think of exercise mostly as an activity that involves going to the gym or waking up early before work to squeeze in a run.
We forget that simply being active throughout the day like going for a walk on a lunch break or taking the stairs instead of using the elevator can have health benefits too.
It’s the same with children. While they are in school, they get a couple regular breaks for recess and lunch. The time spent outdoors during those breaks is play. And for kids, playing is exercising.
After school, kids return to the comforts of home…which usually means a nice healthy meal and ELECTRONICS EVERYWHERE!
Computers, iPads, iPhones, game consoles, and everybody’s favorite…television are just a few devices that immediately get children’s attention.
Those creature comforts mean more time indoors and less time outside playing. In fact, research says that children spend more than 44 hours per week looking at some kind of screen. That’s over 43 hours a week!
Studies have shown that 30 years ago, children spent twice the amount of time outdoors as they do now. That trend could be one of the reasons that children today are heavier and unhealthier than they once were.
It’s pretty clear that creating a safe place for your children to get outdoors and play is essential to their physical health. But did you ever consider how it also helps their mental development?
Mental Health Benefits Of Outdoor Play
It may seem like children get a good dose of knowledge between school and their monitored online time.
However, knowledge and learning is not all that’s necessary for a mentally healthy child.
Some studies have shown that a for a child to be truly mentally healthy, outdoor activities are essential. They aid in development and can even decrease your child’s chances of developing a neurological problem like ADHD.
Being outside has the dual effect of aiding your child’s physical development and mental development. It impacts both positively.
Active Children Do Better In School
One other benefit of ensuring your children stay active is that studies show that children who are active are more likely to do better academically.
Regular activity and playtime increases a child’s ability to focus and reduces boredom.
This increased focus has been shown to help children get better grades in math, English and science.
So, the next time you pass a schoolyard or see your kids playing outdoors on a playset, remember, this regular activity is important to their health and future well being.
Consider the alternative…then consider an outdoor playset for your family.