Kids need an hour of playtime each day so that they can stay fit and children can burn calories several ways during playtime.
They can play outdoor sports or simplistic activities, such as jumping rope or throwing a frisbee.
Basketball is a high intensity sport that improves endurance. Kids who play basketball train their whole bodies as they dribble, jump, and run on the court.
This type of training is called interval training; it is effective because it boosts metabolism and energy.
Basketball also improves agility since it is a fast paced sport. While on the court, kids have to think quickly and respond fast as the momentum changes frequently. Because kids must dodge other players to reach the basket, they enhance their agility after every game.
Double Dutch is a fun activity for multiple kids at playgrounds. Everyone gets hours of enjoyment and plenty of exercise when they jump while singing different rhymes. Double Dutch is also competitive because everyone tries to spend the most time jumping between the ropes.
When kids lift the parachute up, they work out their arm muscles. This activity has involves cardio since kids must run underneath the parachute consistently.
Children never become bored while playing this playground game. They always have fun launching items into the air off of the chute.
Benefits of outdoor play equipment
Outdoor play equipment keeps kids moving while they have fun. When kids use a slide, they must climb to the top, which works out their legs. Monkey bars and jungle gyms are effective because they work out the shoulders and arms.
How to keep kids safe at playgrounds
Although keeping kids healthy is important, they must be monitored when they play outdoors because various injuries could occur.
Typically, if the equipment is designed well, the risks will not be high. However, there are still several guidelines that must be followed.
Ensure that there is matting, wood chips, or sand under the jungle gyms, swings and see-saws. Never let your child play over a concrete surface because a drop on the head could be quite dangerous.
If the playground has wooden structures, inspect them thoroughly. Each piece of equipment should have all-weather wood surfaces, this wood will less likely have splinters.
Before your child uses the equipment, examine the structure for any open chains or weak joints. If the equipment is mostly made of metal, check the surfaces for rust and sharp edges.
During the summer, touch the surface of the slide carefully. On hot days, the metal could cause a severe burn.
The swings should be made of a flexible and soft material.
Though, the biggest safety concern involves kids bumping into other kids while they swing. So, ensure that your children always walk several feet away from the swings while other kids are swinging.
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