The Health Benefits of Playing Outdoors

Side view of tennis racquet

Side view of tennis racquet

The seas of stormy and cold winter weather and beginning to part, and it’s clear that warmer days are on the way. Boost your child’s mood and health by encouraging them to play outdoors. Playing outdoors can teach children valuable leadership skills (and give them a much-needed break from homework). Here are some of the biggest health benefits of playing outdoors for children.

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

A recent study demonstrated that children who spend more time playing outdoors have better quality long distance vision than those who typically play indoors. Instead of sitting down in front of a screen inside, encourage them to spend time outdoors and improve their vision.  

Promotes Better Social Skills

Social and leadership skills are critical to ensuring that your child will find success inside and outside of the classroom. Giving children the opportunity to have unstructured outdoor playtime gives them the chance to learn sharing skills, leadership skills, and behavioral skills—all while you simply thought they were playing tag! The best part about learning social skills while playing outdoors is that your kids will learn all of these beneficial skills without even realizing that they are doing so.

A Dose of Vitamin D

On a practical level, one of the biggest health benefits of playing outdoors is getting the daily dose of Vitamin D. Many kids today suffer from major Vitamin D deficiencies due to increased schoolwork and increased indoor playtime. Vitamin D helps to prevent children from getting bone problems in the future, diabetes, and even heart disease. Encouraging healthy habits early on is critical, so consider explaining to your children why time outside is so important to their health.

Challenge 4 Kids Can Help Your Kids Achieve Success In and Out of the Classroom

Challenge 4 Kids is a dynamic program aiming to support the schools that provide the educational foundation every child needs today and shape young people into the leaders and movers-and-shakers of tomorrow. We utilize L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Effective Communications, Attitude, and Development of People Skills) principles to help your kids grow as individuals and fundraise for your school. To learn more about how we can help your school and your child achieve fundraising success, contact us online or give us a call at (443) 429-4356. To get more fun ideas for your family and fundraising, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest!

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