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Keep Kids Healthy: Get Outdoors and enjoy the Fresh air

Updated: July 26, 2022

By Emily Kitchin, content intern

In today’s world of advanced technology, it is often easy to get caught up in the virtual world, and not spend enough time in the real world.

Yet, spending time outdoors – as well as teaching kids yoga outside – is especially beneficial for kids’ physical and mental health.

So, as the kids go back to school this fall, make sure you make time and space for outdoor play. Just because summer is over, this doesn’t mean that it’s time to stay indoors all the time.

Take a look at 4 positive benefits to spending time outside to keep kids healthy.

Keep Kids Healthy: Get Outdoors!

1. You’ll Get Exercise!

Getting out of the house and staying active is great for kids and adults of all ages. Outdoor activities can be as simple as taking a walk in your own neighborhood or going to a nearby park.  Some other examples of fun, kid-oriented activities that provide exercise include swimming, rock-climbing, trampolining, and even kids yoga poses! Yoga has been proven to increase flexibility and strength, both physically and mentally.

2. You’ll get a dose of vitamin D

Not only does being outside encourage activity and exercise, it also gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine. Sun helps convert vitamin D into a form that your body needs to stay healthy! This vitamin is found in a limited number of foods, which is why spending some time in the sun is so important for your health, as well as that of your kids. For starters, vitamin D helps keep your bones and teeth strong, it is critical in maintaining cardiovascular health, and it supports your brain and immune system. Just remember to apply sunblock, SPF 30 or higher, and re-apply it regularly. You only need a few minutes of daily sun exposure to get all of the vitamin D that you need!

3. you’ll experience lower stress levels

Spending time outdoors isn’t just beneficial for your physical health. It is equally beneficial for your mental health. It has been shown that people who feel stressed and overworked feel significantly better after spending time outside. Nature’s calm helps you to recharge, clear your mind and promote inner peace. Kids and teens who have to tackle a stressful project or school assignment should consider working outside (when the weather is nice), to reduce stress and promote creativity.

4. You’ll stay healthier and keep kids healthy, TOo

Seasonal colds and viruses are much more common in the cold weather. Why? Because when kids stay inside to play, their illnesses will spread more easily to other children. Being outdoors makes it less likely that your child will catch her friend’s summer cold or fall flu because the virus isn’t contained in a small space.

Don’t forget to Practice Yoga Poses OutDoors!

Do you remember your own positive experiences playing outside with the other neighborhood kids?

In today’s world, we sometimes forget that. Spending time outside – especially practicing yoga poses outdoors – is a crucial part of a child’s health and development.

So, while watching TV and playing games on iPads can be very entertaining, be sure to encourage kids to turn off their devices and explore the beauty of the world around them. Here’s to good health this school year!

About Emily

Emily Kitchin is a content writer at Pretzel Kids.

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