Playing Outside Boosts Kids’ Fitness
Want to improve your children’s physical fitness? Make sure they play outside. In a study, more than 300 kids ages 9 to 17 reported how much time they spent outside after school and wore devices that recorded their activity levels for at least three days. Kids who spent all or most of their after-school time outside did an average of 21 more minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity than peers who spent no time outside. Outdoor exercisers were about three times more likely to meet the recommended 60 or more minutes per day of moderate to vigorous exercise. The kids who spent time outside also scored better on a running test that measures physical fitness.
Source: The Journal of Pediatrics, published online July 10, 2014