Playing Outside Benefits Exercise Health Effects for Kids
A new reason to encourage your kids to play outdoors: It may boost the benefits of exercise. In a small study, 14 children ages 9 and 10 each completed two trials a day apart, one where they cycled for 15 minutes while watching a film of biking in a forest, the other while looking at a blank screen. At 15 minutes post-exercise, systolic (top number) blood pressure had dropped significantly—compared with just before exercising—following the “green exercise” while there was no change with the blank screen. Previous studies have suggested that nature scenes might reduce stress and improve mood, which may also have a calming effect on the heart, the researchers say.
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, published online April 7, 2014