The Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children2:45 PM
The children of today are growing more and more inactive physically because of their preoccupation with computer games and gadgets. I have a feeling that the reason why most children get away with it is that their preoccupation with games also becomes a "convenient" option for parents who are usually very busy in earning a living. In effect, computer games become the default option for both parents and children.
What Makes Computer Games Convenient
Granting that a child has already been provided a computer or a gadget to play with and the cost of buying one is of no major concern, computer games are probably the most convenient form of entertainment for children and adults alike. One need not go out of the house or dress up in a particular outfit to play. Once a child has the gadget on his hands, hours of non-stop fun can be enjoyed.
Parents need not worry about their children being out of the house and playing. The attention span of children for this kind of activity is quite long and thus parents can keep on with what they are doing without much interruption. It also requires the least amount of supervision in terms of possible risk for injuries, However, supervision for the contents of games is an all together different matter.
A Generation of Physically Inactive Children
Due to the great attraction of computer games, the children of today have become the new batch of couch potatoes who either spend most of their time in front of the computer or hold a gadget in their hand wherever they go and sit on hours end playing. While play is a positive word for children, this is not the kind of play that will provide long-term benefits to them in terms of health and fitness. The good old outdoor play remains to be the best option for physical fitness for children.
Parents will need to find ways that will encourage their children to be physically active and this includes being physically active as well. Children are more willing to do it if they see their parents doing it . Playing with the children in parks and playgrounds offers sufficient bonding opportunities for families while encouraging physical fitness.
The Benefits of Outdoor Play
Did you know that our children are naturally wired for outdoor play? Playing outside the home is the natural inclination of kids. Very few will say no to the adventure which the outside world presents.
Playing outdoors provides the most opportunities for exercise without stress. Muscles are flexed as children try to balance and coordinate their body movements to achieve the object of the game. Fresh air and sunshine from the outdoors are important to growing kids . Outdoor play also enhances creativity and promotes better socialization with other kids while lowering the risk of acquiring diseases related to having a sedentary lifestyle.
Children of earlier generations have been given the advantage and benefits of outdoor play. There is no reason therefore for the children of today to be deprived of the same benefits by virtue of technological developments and advancements. These gadgets are all well and good to use as long as children know that there is a time to stop for studies and outdoor play.
The outdoor sports offered in schools may be prohibitive to some families because of the cost in training, uniforms, and length of practice hours. Although these are good options as well for more formal participation in sports activities, there are more practical options such as playing in the yard or playground. When we speak of benefits of outdoor play, we think more in terms of simple everyday games like piko, patintero, tumbang preso, habulan and the like.