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This episode was recorded before the onset of COVID-19, and has been amended to reflect current guidelines and research.

Most of us can remember one time or another when our parents strongly encouraged us to “Go outside!” While they probably wanted us to burn off some kinetic energy built up throughout the school day, studies continue to show that outdoor playtime is ripe with benefits for growing children. 

Even under orders to shelter in place, spending time outdoors (at a safe distance) can be extremely beneficial to both children and adults who have been cooped up inside. Not only does time spent outside improve mental development and spatial recognition, it also boosts mood, clarity of focus, and even wards away nearsightedness. If you don’t have a yard, don’t despair; getting to a nearby park or going hiking offer great opportunities to soak in all the benefits that nature has to offer!

 

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Quotes

“Today the estimates are that kids spend as much as 93% of their childhood inside.” [01:31]

“When people who have ADHD spend time outdoors, their symptoms tend to get better, and if it’s outdoors in nature, better yet.” [05:38]

“In many ways play is kids’ work. It’s one of the best things they can do for their body, for their mind, for their social skills. It’s fabulous.” [07:52]

 

Big Ideas 

The many benefits of vitamin D. [01:19]

The surprising source of COQ10 production in humans. [03:33]

The advantages of outdoor play, including mental development and spatial recognition. [04:33]

 

Links

Vitamin D Studies

Family Outdoor Activities You Can do While Social Distancing

Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned Sleep Episode

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