Inviting Play and Outdoor Fitness Trends

In This Issue...

By: Aaron Hamilton
A single bead of sweat rolls off my cheek and I watch it as it drops to the well-padded safety mat 20 feet below. An inner voice guides my decision of which movement should follow. Where should I place my hand next? Can I reach that hold? Will my toes hold my weight while I shift my hand? These are...
By: Francesca Zavacky
Recess is not just a break for kids in school. It’s important to take a break and engage in fun activity in any environment in order to stay energized and engaged. Yet the concept of recess seems to suggest giving people permission to slack off and be unproductive.  Nothing could be further from...
By: Marshall Jones
Everyone knows that spending time outdoors is better for you than vegging out on the couch. Kids and adults who spend more time outside see benefits to both their physical and mental health.  With spring right around the corner, there’s no reason to be cooped up in the gym either. Here are four...
By: Anne-Marie Spencer
All around the country, playgrounds offer children health benefits that promote active lifestyles and overall fitness. Play develops a variety of fitness skills that help children develop into well-rounded adults and can instill a love of active behavior that carries throughout their life.
By: Reeve Brenner
There are important nuances and subtleties in the distinction between the concept of play and the venues we call playgrounds. The title of this magazine “play and playground” is well advised. Here is why: the concept of play itself evokes important distinctions such as purposeful play and...
By: Pat Rumbaugh
In an ideal world every child would get a minimum of sixty minutes of physical activity playing daily. All children would eat three healthy meals and two nutritious snacks every day. Parents would not have to worry if their children were getting enough physical exercise and eating a healthy diet....
By: Pat Rumbaugh
Children of all ages strengthen their large motor skills by climbing, jumping, running, sliding, and swinging. What is so great about these skills is children don’t equate playing with exercise, at least young children don’t think about strengthening their bodies, they just go to the playground to...