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12+ Reasons Playing Outside Is Key To A Successful Life

12+ Reasons Playing Outside Is Key To A Successful Life

This is the information age. The technologies that help us create, curate and consume information aren’t going away any time soon. Today’s youth have no ideas what it’s like to live in a world without smartphones and instant internet access.

On a quest to prepare their children for success in a world dependent on advanced technology, parents are putting gadgets in their hands at increasingly younger ages. No longer are we content with Baby Einstein and accelerated reading programs. Now we’re signing toddlers up for coding classes and buying smartphones for 1st graders.

While it might put them ahead in the future job market, this technology may also be sabotaging other skills needed for a successful life. Skills like how to lead a team, resolve conflict and make decisions in an unpredictable environment are all at jeopardy. And then there’s the physical aspect of a technology-saturated life: today’s kids are no longer interested in riding bikes and building forts in the woods. Why would they when the virtual world of video games and the Internet are only a click away?

Although it may seem so analog in a digital world, there are dozens of reasons why playing outside could be the most important “chore” modern kids face. Just getting regular exposure to natural light carries a host of physical and psyhcological benefits, and is likely to set kids on a path of fitness and eco-friendly choices in adult life.

Scroll through the infographic below to learn more about the importance of playing outside. And remember, these facts aren’t limited to kids!

Playing Outside

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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12:50AM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

Thank you!

7:32PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

It could be they cut recess for liability reasons. If a kid falls and scrapes his knee, the parents might sue. Kids need to be able to do something, otherwise they will just stand around until the bell rings. I feel sorry for kids these days. They have less freedom than I did growing up. Technology perhaps numbs people, maybe that's why zombies are so popular these days.

9:48AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

Nobody wants to raise a bubble boy, or girl.

9:24AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

I love being outdoors with nature. My spirits are lifted and my life somehow gains meaning. Thanks for the article.

3:23AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

cheers, thanks for sharing.

7:09AM PST on Mar 7, 2014

A pity kids these days have lil interest in playing outside. It's all about the tech gadgets+social media.

4:54PM PST on Feb 26, 2014


8:10AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

1:01AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you :)

8:49PM PST on Feb 25, 2014

This is always recommended and certainly much of my childhood was spent outside very close to Nature and the beauty of the great outdoors.

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