Why kids should get outside!
August 5, 2019
After the recent wins for game-loving teens in the Fortnite World Cup in New York, kids have another reason to add to their arguments as to why they way to stay inside. But despite the recent good fortune of these kids, children should be encouraged outside for a host of reasons that will help to improve their overall well-being.
Good for the eyes!
Recent research has found that outdoor activity may have a protective effect on the eyes it can also reduce the risk of developing nearsightedness (myopia). Not only does being outdoors force you to look further into the distance, exposure to outdoor lighting is also thought to be vital, since it appears to slow the axial growth of the eye
- Boost the immune system
Your immune system works best when challenged, which is more likely to happen outdoors, As such staying indoors can have a negative impact on your immune system.
Makes you more alert
Inside all day, we have a tendency to get sluggish but studies have found that being outdoors help wake you up both mentally and physically. This is one reason kids are encouraged outside at school and why a lunchtime walk is deemed good for afternoon productivity.
- Improve their mental well-being.
Spending time with nature has been shown to help people affected by anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.. With kids under more pressure than ever before, this is a good way to help them manage any potential issues,
- Muscle strengthening
When outside, you are likely to move about more which is good for strengthening your muscles. Even a little can help and over time a little becomes a lot!
Better performance at school
Yes, time spent outside can improve academic performance according to a Finnish study of boys and girls. They found that moderate to vigorous activity—especially in boys—directly correlated to better reading fluency, reading comprehension and arithmetic skills.
So no more excuses, time to play some footie in the park!