Spring is here! Time to get outside and breathe in some fresh air. Not only does outdoor exercise reap great health benefits, but studies have shown kids who love the outdoors develop better leadership skills, study habits, and a love of the natural environment:
The nature of childhood has changed. There’s not much nature in it.
American childhood has moved indoors during the last two decades, taking a mental and physical toll on today’s kids. The negative impact of decreased time outdoors includes a doubling of the childhood obesity rate–accompanied by an incremental hundred billion dollar cost to our health care system–as well as declining creativity, concentration and social skills.
Some say it takes a village to raise a child. We say it takes a backyard, a playground, a park.
Studies show outdoor time helps children grow lean and strong, enhances imaginations and attention spans, decreases aggression, and boosts classroom performance. In addition, children who spend time in nature regularly are shown to become better stewards of the environment.