Part I of II Part Series – Health Benefits of Owning a Rainbow Play Systems Play SetRPS_BenefitsOfRainbow-300x300

Getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day is harder than ever with the lifestyle changes that have taken place since Rainbow started selling swing sets 30 years ago. Fewer kids are walking or biking to school and school districts have been reducing the amount of recess and physical education classes in favor of more class time. Many after school activities include an electronic device, whether it be a computer, tablet, or TV. We want to help you make it as easy as possible to make sure your kids get the recommended daily quota of 60 minutes of active play each day. Just send them out the back door to play on their very own Rainbow Play System swing set!

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The health effects of obesity are both immediate and long-term. Immediate issues such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure and pre-diabetes can lead to long-lasting effects like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, as well as an increased risk for many types of cancer.  Make it easy for your kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and let them play on their own play set, in their own backyard. You don’t even have to tell them its exercise, they possibly wouldn’t believe you anyway!

Active outdoor exercise is essential for practicing balance and coordination, improving both fine and gross motor skills, and bone and muscle development. Swinging works out the legs and helps kids practice coordinating different movements. Climbing up ladders and ramps are great for the legs, and if they have a rock wall they can strengthen their arms and hand grip as well. Going down the slide and swinging help to develop their sense of balance.

Making the opportunity to exercise easily accessible is half the battle in getting kids to leave the couch. Being able to walk out the back door and run, climb, swing and slide is about as easy as you can make it. Getting 60 minutes of physical activity might seem like a lot all at once, so spread it out throughout the day. Make it two 30 minute sessions, or three 20 minute sessions, whatever it takes to get to that crucial total of 60 minutes. Let them play a little bit in the morning and then get the rest of their physical activity needs in the afternoon. Let us help you make your kids’ dreams come true, and start shopping for their very own fantastic backyard swing set paradise today!

Getting the proper amount of exercise can also contribute to your kids getting more sleep and more restful sleep. This will allow your kids to have more energy (which we are sure that’s what every parent wants) and they will be more alert for school and other activities. They can also concentrate better and their ability to think on higher levels is improved.

Come see us today at one of our many local showrooms, try out a play set and learn how the activities they provide can be great for your kids’ healthy activity and engagement levels.