Nobody wants to have an unhealthy child in any sense of the word. Outdoor activity aims to prevent children from being unhealthy physically, allowing their bodies to develop in a way which contributes to a healthy life. However, the link between your child running about in the backyard and their future mental health is stronger than you may think.
A Psychosomatic Medicine Journal study analysed thousands of children in the seventh and eighth grade. The study found quite a severe level of difference between those who had a general exercise pattern and those who didn’t, in terms of depressive mood symptoms. It has been known for some time that exercise is a good thing for treating people with depression, however the extent of its benefit becoming more and more clear. Young people with good exercise routines, built on a foundation of outdoor play have a better chance of being a healthier and happier adolescent. It starts with you as a parent, encouraging outdoor play. Hopefully these patterns will last through your child’s teen years, and the level of healthy, happy kids rises manifold. – J