In today’s world, more and more children are found glued to the television watching a program that corrupts tender minds or playing video games that drastically affects their behavior in some fashion. Kids these days lack the incentive to play outdoors, and we can blame that on the ever increasing new technologies. As a parent we should do everything we can to encourage our children to pursue an active lifestyle outdoors. There are many benefits to outdoor play, including fighting the battle with childhood obesity.
Today’s kids are to adapted to a laid back lifestyle, while their day is spent on the couch playing video games, watching television and consuming unhealthy snacks, the rate of childhood obesity escalates.
On average, the American child under 6 watches approximately 2 hours of television per day. What our children watch greatly affects how they will perceive the world as they grow older. Violent television programs or video games can be a factor in children with aggressive disorders. Children need to spend more time outdoors to combat the negative side effects of today’s technologies.
When children play outdoors, their creative energy is unleashed. Backyard playground sets offer children a great way to unleash their creative thought patterns. Studies have shown that children who have access to a playground set are less likely to be obese. This is surely due to the fact that playground set is a child’s castle. Their imaginations run wild and they can be anyone they want to be, where ever they want to be. It can be a castle, a pirate ship, a home, or a place of work. In a child’s mind the possibilities are endless.
A backyard playground set is also a great tool to build bonding moments between a parent and child. There is nothing more magical then when you take the time to enter your child’s play zone. A wooden swing set can be transformed into an air plane as you swing skyward, while imaginary dragons can be fought from the top of your playground set. Wooden swing sets can provide many hours of wonderful play for a child. There is more to swinging then you may realize. As a child swings, he or she will learn the concept of balance, as well as strengthen key muscles. Swinging also helps a child to unwind after being cooped up in doors. There is no substitute to outdoor play for a child, and providing a swing set for your child’s personal use can be the key to a healthy, active lifestyle.