Class time is, of course, time that kids spend with their noses buried in books (or computer screens) to learn the basics of reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic…But another basic they should be learning is one “R” that is increasingly falling by the wayside, and that’s good old-fashioned recess. Well, maybe not so much recess in the strict sense as much as what recess essentially is: running around outside in the sunshine and fresh air. Away from screens. Away from desks. Away from books.
It does not take a genius to know that kids thrive in outdoor settings. But aside from the fact that getting outside is just plain fun, there is scientific evidence to back up the argument. First off, if you are thinking about children’s brain health, a classroom does not hold a candle to the great outdoors, as their brains are being fed by all of that oxygen and sunlight and visual stimulation. Their bodies are getting what they crave, as well – movement, vitamin D from the sunlight, and exposure to the elements that will boost their immune systems. As kids exercise, their focus is sharpened, their ability to learn is improved, and behavioral issues can get some major relief. With the abundance of parks, recreation areas, and beaches where kids can run free, there are a wide variety of ways to keep them interested in staying out.
Unfortunately, your school-aged children don’t get much control over how much time they get to spend outside during their school day, but you can work some outdoor time in by letting them walk to or from school. And when you can manage it, have “recess” en-route. The benefits you will see in your children’s wellness are undeniable, as studies show that symptoms of ADHD in children are reduced by exposure to the great green spaces of the great outdoors; and outdoorsy kids get sick less frequently and exhibit better coordination, motor skills, and self-discipline.
Even stress can be less of an issue for children who spend more time in nature. If that is not argument enough, a few extra-credit points in favor of getting outside include:
- Blood sugar reduction
- Enhanced learning
- Improved concentration
- Improved mental health
- Increased level of physical activity and exercise
- Increased productivity
- Increased test-scores in school-aged children
- Lowered blood pressure
- Sleep regulation and improvement of sleep quality
In addition to providing those benefits, nature also provides great nutrition for kids, giving them all the essentials they need to live happy, healthy lives. But if they’re not getting the vitamins and minerals they need from dietary sources like whole foods and organic meats and produce, try natural supplements, essential oils, and vitamins for children to give them a boost in the right direction. Get your kids outside and get their school year off to a great start by taking advantage of your Ask Everwell consultation with our team of healthcare experts to learn more about the essential oils and vitamins your children may need as well as advice on active time.
Great health should be second nature to your children as they grow into adults! Schedule your Ask Everwell consultation at Everwell Specialty Pharmacy to learn more about the benefits of outdoor activity and shop our line of children’s vitamins today!