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The Importance of Physical Activity Outdoors

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Spring is in full swing and there’s no better time to take advantage of all the outdoors has to offer. But what does that mean for your child? Physical activity outdoors can establish life-long healthy habits and allows children to be exposed to new environments they can learn in. Teaching your child the importance of outdoor activity at an early age also helps them reach their health goals quicker and will continue to provide advantages for them now and well into the future. 

Additional benefits of outdoor physical activity: 

  • It helps to build physical strength  
  • It encourages creativity and imagination 
  • Increases natural Vitamin D levels 
  • Improves brain function 
  • It increases exercise for good heart health 
  • Improves their mental health and well-being 
  • It can boost mood and energy levels

 

Suggestions for physical activity outdoors

 

Explore a local trail – Many children are fascinated by nature. They often enjoy learning about the change of seasons, weather, and the many different animals and insects found in natural environments. One way to help them explore their surroundings outdoors to is to find a trail or park close by. There are numerous physical activities that your child can enjoy on a trail such as bicycling, running, roller skating, and so many more. 

Click here to find trails near you in Plano, Tx!

 

Walk outside – This outdoor activity is something the family can enjoy together! Being active outdoors is extremely impactful on your child’s mental and physical health, no matter their age or fitness level. Help your child increase their physical activity by getting them to take a walk around the neighborhood. Exercise time can also seem to pass by much faster when outside and can be easier to make a continuous habit.

 

Learn a new sport – For great health, physical activity is suggested every day for at least 30 minutes. You can make this task less of a chore and more exciting for your child by encouraging them to try something new. Outdoor sports are a great way to strengthen their heart, control their weight, keep blood pressure low and reduce the risk of serious diseases. Remember: sports don’t always have to be competitive, they can also be played just for fun!

 

Whether you’re new to the area or not, you may often ask yourself “When will I find a trustworthy and sincere pediatrician near me?” Rest assured this type of healthcare for your child is just around the corner. At Village Pediatrics in Plano, Tx, we are invested in providing the highest level of care possible, which is why we have remained a trusted medical home for so many children in the community for decades. If your child is due for their annual well checkup or you need guidance keeping their health on track, please schedule an appointment by clicking here or text (469) 382-3796. 

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