In the last decade, with the rise of mobile electronics, many children are moving inside for play. The average American child spends less than 30 minutes a day outside and around seven hours in front of a screen. Spending time outside playing is not just good for the body, but also helps a child’s mind and academic success.
Playing outside for at least 60 minutes a day helps children increase fitness levels, which creates active and healthy bodies. It also helps raise Vitamin D levels, which builds healthy bones and decreases their risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Children’s minds also benefit from spending time playing outdoors. Studies suggest that children who spend time outside have higher test grades as a result of reduced stress and increased attention span.
How can you help? One of the best ways for you to help your children get the benefits of playing outdoors is to set limits on screen time.