The Playing Outside Guide to Better Health: Week 3 – The Benefits of Exercise

Another quick blog in our four part series of “The Playing Outside Guide to Better Health.”  

Capture the Flag REDUX was founded on getting kids outside and playing. We are fighting the system of electronics and indoor play focused around computers and screens. So we figured, why not remind everyone of why playing outside is not only fun, but also the healthier choice?

 

WEEK THREE: Better Mental Health

We’ve talked about the benefits of exercise, how the outdoors can help build immunities, and now we’re moving on to mental health benefits.

The Denver Post published an article in 2014 where they interviewed various school officials working with special education and overseeing school districts on the benefits of exercise. Interviewees mentioned that students who had twenty minutes of outdoor exercise had a boosted sense of self confidence after coming inside after play. They also performed better on tests that followed.

In a peer reviewed article “Creativity in the Wild” for the PLOS journal, a research team found that after 4 days of wilderness immersion participants’ creative and critical thinking increased by 50%. While we don’t condone sending your kids outside for four days straight, we do want to mention that a University of Michigan study in 2008 stated that simply walking outside for more than 30 minutes a day can improve focus and attention by 20 percent. Just another benefit of exercise…

Capture the Flag REDUX knows the benefits of exercise and outdoor play. That’s why we created our kit. We wanted to make exercise and the outdoors fun again! Not only for kids, but also for adults. With Capture the Flag REDUX you can play outside and never miss your phone or TV screens.

 

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