The Benefits of Playgrounds on Mental and Physical Well-being
At Henderson Playgrounds, we have been Putting Children First™ since 1971 by building and designing superior commercial playgrounds for all ages. We understand the benefits that play has on a child’s physical and mental well-being, which is why creating exciting and engaging playscapes is our passion — and something we take very seriously.
The physical benefits of playgrounds are obvious. A well-designed playground offers children the opportunity to climb, run, swing, and slide, leading to stronger muscles and bones, a longer attention span and improved sleep! With obesity rates among children and youth in Canada have nearly tripled in the last 30 years. Providing children with an engaging outlet to expend their physical energy has never been more important. Not only can obese children be faced with physical health problems, such as high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, and bone and joint problems, their weight can also affect their emotional and mental health.
To ensure optimal health, children and teenagers should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. This could be something like riding a bike or participating in a sport. This could also be spending an hour at the playground! With our extensive range of traditional freestanding play equipment, including climbers, play vehicles, motion toys, spring riders, heavy-duty swing sets, three-leg swings, and even nature-inspired tree swings, we can guarantee your little ones will wear themselves out!
In addition to the physical benefits of playgrounds, there are many mental benefits to be found as well. Often, the playground is the first opportunity many children will have to engage with other kids in their age group. In playing freely outside, children can develop a healthier state of mind by expanding their social and emotional skills through play and observing others during play. Interactions with other children lead to improved speech and communication skills and problem-solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
As technology becomes more prevalent in all our lives, children are spending less time outdoors favoring sedentary activities such as watching TV or playing video games. This may seem like the new norm, but the science on this topic is clear — increased screen time can negatively impact your child’s physical and mental health. Higher levels of screen time are linked to lower school performance and lower scores of self-esteem and self-worth. The best way to combat this? Get your child outside in the fresh air to your local playground!
Henderson Playgrounds specializes in superior commercial playgrounds, accessible and inclusive playground designs, and exciting and challenging freestanding play equipment for children of all ages. Browse our extensive range of play equipment, outdoor fitness, park furnishings, shelters and fitness courses to build a custom playground that will serve your community for years to come.
Henderson Playgrounds specializes in traditional play equipment, including swings, multi-user basket style swings, vandal-resistant belts, baby swings, and parent-child swings.
We are a leader in playground equipment manufacturing. Customized and high-quality commercial playground equipment that fits all of your needs.
A family run playground company since 1971.
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Simcoe, ON, CAN, N3Y 4K8
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