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Before the days of cell phones and Facebook, it used to be easy to get kids outside and moving. My mother often had to SCREAM to get me back inside.
Sadly, today this is more difficult.
Our kids are getting on iPads and cell phones earlier than ever, and the time they spend outside is decreasing.
But the good news is that by simply having a playset in your backyard, your kids will not only easily be able to go outside and play, they’ll WANT to!
So here are 4 major benefits of owning a swing set...
1. It’s Physical Exercise...and That Is Good!
We all know the benefits of exercise, especially for children, and having a place to play that’s convenient to reach will get kids moving quickly. The increased activity, happening more often, will keep your kids healthy.
According to the CDC:
"Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period."
The earlier you can get them outside and exercising, the better - especially if you can get them to start playing before they pick up a cell phone for the first time.
Remember going to the park as a kid? Playing around on the swings, meeting new people, and running? It was the place to meet new friends — to pretend and make jokes.
Some of our most important first memories are formed while playing, and there isn’t a much better place to play than a swing set.
Next time you take your kids to the park, notice the smile on their face as they climb on the slides and have fun. A swingset let’s you have access to that kind of entertainment anytime, without the hassle of leaving your yard.
And, it helps build the habit of exercise with your kids before video games can win them over.
2. Swing Sets Will Improve Your Children's Athletic Ability
According to a study done by Scholastic, having children play on swingsets is great because swings “promote movement and perceptual skills, spatial awareness, general fitness, social interaction, mental representation, and sensory integration, including vestibular development (balance).”
That means your kids are developing skills while playing on the swingset that are going to last for their entire lives — it might even improve their future performance in sports, thanks to better hand eye coordination.
Let’s go medical for a second: when a person is swinging, both the vestibular system and the proprioceptive system are being activated.
The vestibular system is comprised of several small bones in the inner ear that help people balance properly, and activities that activate a wide range of inputs in this system, like playing on swings, have been found to improve balance and coordination by strengthening the system.
That means your kids are going to be able to balance better than their peers.
The proprioceptive system is what lets our brains know where our bodies are standing, and gives our brain information on posture. Good news is that this system can also be improved by playing on the swings, meaning your kids are going to be stronger, and stand up straighter.
Put those two together and you’ll realize that swinging helps develop both balance and coordination in children.
The visual connection between those two systems is also strengthened when kids swing, which means your kids will be better at using their vision to adjust their balance and movement, giving them an early advantage when it comes to riding bikes, skateboarding, or playing sports.
3. Swings promote social interaction
Kids often move to the swingset in pairs, where they play games while swinging back and forth. They also promote sharing and team play — since one child can swing while the other pushes them.
By playing on a swingset, your child is going to get better at making friends and socializing, a skill that will help them in school, and later in life once they start working.
Many times parents have told me that their child's friends want to come over all the time to play on the set!
4. Swing Sets are healthy for PARENTS, too!
Many parents have told me stories about their swing set being a blessing to THEM.
Think about it: your kids go into your back yard to play, so there's less worry on your part about where they are or what they're doing. Less worry means less stress. And stress is not good for you!
Also, your children play outside for hours. When they come back inside they are exhausted from all the physical activity.
When it's bed time, they're ready for bed. When they're in bed, you have more free time for yourself.
So watch that TV show, have that glass of wine, and get more of that sleep you need!
I have met very few people who have regretted their decision to purchase a swing set. Its a large investment, but an investment that will pay for itself in spades over its years of use.
If you're looking to find the right swing set for your family, that's what we love to do!
Feel free to call us at 1-201-670-4000 for personalized guidance finding the right swingset for you and your family. You can also check out our huge selection online.