Britains climate is for most of the year not exactly suited to outdoor activities and as a result British children are cooped up inside the house much more than those living in warmer and drier countries. However with the sun finally shining it is a good time to switch the television off and take them to the park where children can enjoy playground equipment installed there. And as research as proved, time spent here is more valuable than the assumption that parents have of this activity being simply a way to keep their kids occupied for a couple of hours. Here are some of the health benefits of playground equipment.
The health concerns of children overweight as a result of a lack of exercise and a less than satisfactory diet are well-known and taken together these factors have resulted in British kids being some of the fattest in the world. It does not help that Britain has one of the widest selections of TV programmes in the world and it is all too easy to dump kids in front of the box to distract them so that parents can get on with the never-ending list of important tasks. However this is hardly going to provide them with the foundation of a healthy lifestyle that they will continue into later life and playgrounds are underappreciated for they are valuable form of physical exercise for children, with the various pieces of equipment on offer being great for strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. [Read more…] about The many Benefits of Playgrounds for Children