What's Better: Indoor or Outdoor Play?

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What's Better: Indoor or Outdoor Play?

Some people prefer to spend their free time outdoors. Other people prefer to spend their leisure time indoors. Would you prefer to be outside or would you prefer to be inside for your leisure activities? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your choice.

People make themselves relax by joining leisure activities, from quietly reading a book to energetically sailing a boat. In general, leisure divides into two categories, indoor and outdoor. In my opinion, although indoor activities are also fun, vigorous outdoor activities can offer a more complete recreation and renewal, which can refresh me up.

Admittedly, indoor activities are fun. There’s no doubt that indoor activities like reading a book, watching TV or listening to music can bring us lots of joy. My involvement in those static activities indeed helps me release my complex emotion and relax my mind. Further, being worn out in working, I can take a rest when immersing myself in those activities.

Outdoors, a child learns on multiple levels with each new adventure (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005). With all of the imaginary castles, lands, creatures, the brain develops at a much faster rate than for those who play indoors. There are numerous effects. Not only do they become better learners, and do well in school, but they are more fun to be around (i.e. they make more friends)--everyone wants to play with the kid with the active imagination! Consequently, children will be much happier because, hey, they’re smart and they have a lot of friends. All of this comes from just playing outside; you can bake many loaves in the same oven.

Not only are there mental advantages to playing outside, there are even more physical advantages. Obviously, if a child is playing outside he/she will be way more active than the child that stays indoors. The great thing about this is that it can have long-lasting effects (Cleland, et al., 2008). Years down the road, the child will still be more active and less likely to be overweight. If you think about this, it makes perfect sense; teach a child when they’re young to love the outdoors and they will love it forever.

Now some people may be wondering why parents let their kids stay indoors if playing outside is so much better. Some parents are worried about picking up germs outside. Oddly enough, research shows that the air indoors is actually more likely to promote asthma than being outside (Epstein, 2001). For families who live in big cities, it does not seem like there is a choice because parents fear for their kids’ safety.This has become such an issue that the curent generation is used to being watched constantly, unlike prior generations

Solutions in this case might be:

  1. Parents can play outside with their kids.Even kicking or throwing a ball around is good--not only would this allow the children to get the fun of playing outside, but it would also help foster closer parent to child bonds.
  2. Allow your child to ride their bike to school.Not only is this physical activity, but through this they can also develop safety awareness for themselves.
  3. Let your child walk to school with friends or with you.One study showed that some children prefer to walk places because of boring car rides and they were apart from their friends (Mitchell, Kearns, and Collins, 2007).
  4. Talk to your neighbors about getting the kids out.One study showed that many parents reported restricting their children’s outdoor time because there were few people out and about in the neighborhood; however, by keeping children in, it dissuades other parents from allowing their children out as well (Carver, Timperio, and Crawford, 2008). So it turns into a vicious cycle!
  • by- Gaurav Gupta
  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016
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