We all know that being outside makes you feel good. 🙂

We all know that we should do this more… but now there is conclusive evidence that it is an essential part of growth and development for children.

Did you know that it is recommended that children spend between 4-6 hours  at least 3-4 times a week playing OUTSIDE, in Nature?

In reality, for many children this is reduced down to a tiny amount –  the current statistics say that the average child only gets 4-7 minutes of outdoor free play every day.  :-((

This means that the average child is probably outside for ONLY 30 minutes or so a few times a week. That is awful!

This will undoubtedly have an impact on their mental acuity, physical health and spiritual development amongst other things.

We CAN, and we MUST improve this average to create the healthy next generation as they have a lot to do to save the Earth as we know it anyway. Getting them out there becomes vital.

The importance of 4-6 hours outside play in Nature for Children.

Hi. This is Gayle Palmer, the osteopath at the Living Elements Clinic.

Today’s video is a subject that is really close to my heart and it is how much exercise are young people get on a regular basis particularly children and that exercise in particular if it is outside, out in nature in the environment, preferably in an all-natural environment not a playground or concrete area.

So, did you know that children should have at least 4 to 6 hours roaming around in the outside each and every day for them to be really healthy at certainly 3 to 4 times a week?

Now, I know that, that is not always possible. We all have busy lives. It is not always a clement weather or there where we see children kind of do not really see, I just noticed that most of the time to be fair.

They just get on with it and as long as that there is a complete rest it is fine.

But being outside in nature makes a world of difference today.

  • Neurological development,
  • the muscle strength,
  • the bone building ability,
  • the mental creativity,
  • the visual acuity,
  • the dexterity,
  • the ability to be happy in all or any environments.

It is such an important part of a child’s development. So, I know that it can be really difficult if you are a busy parent working and juggling, family life and food and what have you, to have children get out – and schools do not have the time any longer to be able to provide and an hour, an hour and a half during the school day to have children go out and play outside and what have you. They just do not, even if they do sports, it is half an hour, it is not getting out all that often to especially in inclement weather because they all stay inside.

So, let us see if we can get our kids to have at least 3 hours of free play outside a day. Okay?

it is not always possible but the statistics tells us that children only get 4 to 7 minutes outside playing a day on average. That is a failing. That is a failing!

No wonder the children go absolutely bonkers when they get outside! So, 3 hours a day.

3 hours a day aim for that as a baseline.

There are whole number ways that you can help to do that.

  1. If you are up early in the morning or frankly if you get yourself up early in the morning, take them all out for a walk. Perhaps if you go to a dog walk or what have you, 15 to 20 minutes before they get in the car or walk to school or whatever it happens to be. You get yourself that time aim. It is a great way for them to process that day, get them do what they want to do, what they want to achieve. Once there at school, they are busy in a different mindset.
  2. Hopefully, they get some exercise at school and hopefully they get outside as well. But
  3. when they get back from school and instead of picking them up from the school gates, park that car a bit further away. Make them walk. It is only a couple of minutes. But it is so important for their development and for their ability to relax out in nature. Give them that couple of minutes to let their systems settle, recalibrate, and talk through that day… You know the advantages of being out and walking and talking and as you walk, you walk into a new future. You talk into a new future at the same time. It is actually invaluable, does not take long to do. It is great and fun. When they do get back home and they have a snack, or they have a drink, they were already recalibrated, they are calmer and they are able to concentrate on whatever else they want to do at that point in time.

Preferably, go out and do a small free play!

So, that is my thought for the day. Please see if you can get them out and about. It is crucial. Thank you.

That’s Gayle Palmer at the Living Elements Clinic in Chichester. If you want to find out more, hit the link below or above and I will be very happy to make you an appointment and we will see if we can get your children really performing to the best of their ability. Take care. Bye bye.

If you want to know more, or want to help your child out with other developmental challenges that are concerning you book an appointment directly with Gayle using the link below.


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