Spring Forward: The Importance of Outside Activity

Dr. Samantha Scott Ph.D.


Spring is Here!!  Well, with the exception of the latest snow storm!  But, it should be right around the corner so there is no time like the present to discuss the importance of getting your kids (and teens) outside! So, why is being outside so important? Here are just a few basic reasons:

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Playing outside in nature reduces stress, improves overall physical health, and increases concentration and creativity. This can lead to enhanced cognitive skills and even better grades!!

We know our kids are going to be inside learning, on their IPads, Tablets and Computers. Adding outside play and exploration will only make your child more well-rounded and even put into context what they are learning about online and in the classroom.

Vitamin D!! Yes, sunshine has Vitamin D which improves mood and can decrease symptoms of depression. Smelling the spring air, watching birds, and relaxing on a park bench are great ways to get centered and lessen stress and anxiety.

Being outside also teaches our kids the importance of taking care of the environment.

Playing outside often calls for more people, social interaction and creativity helping your child build social skills, and imaginative play that is unscripted.

So, as the days lengthen and get warmer and warmer, encourage (or even require) your child to get outside. Go for a walk or bike ride. Walk around the zoo. Invite friends over to play basketball. Learn how to garden! The sky is the limit, and so are the benefits!