Outdoor play has been shown to support an increase in the quantity and intensity of physical activity, according to a recent study published Nov. 21 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preventing Chronic Disease.
The findings were based on measurements taken in urban public school students during indoor and outdoor recess with students wearing an assortment of accelerometer pedometers and heart monitors. Researchers found that, more than recess held in a gym or classroom, outdoor recess yielded greater heart rates and more steps taken.
“In summary, outdoor recess provided the optimal environment for children to engage in quality physical activity. When outdoor recess is not feasible, district and school policies should mandate indoor recess opportunities that promote active play, particularly in urban settings.” ~ Physical Activity During Recess Outdoors and Indoors Among Urban Public School Students.
Read the full report on the CDC’s website.