Friday, August 2, 2013

Reason to hike No. 21 with kids: Improved concentration

Getting outdoors in green areas improves
the ability to concentrate.
If video games and 100-mile-an-hour imagery on the television screen is wrecking your child’s ability to concentrate, battle back with a good old fashioned hike.

A recent study of elderly patients in nursing homes found that those who visited garden areas for an hour enjoyed better concentration than those who rested indoors in their favorite rooms (read the paper). This occurs because green recreational environmental reduces brain fatigue in individuals.

The upshot? Getting kids (and yourself!) outdoors best refreshes your brain, and could result in all the benefits of better concentration (such as improved test scores).

Read more about day hiking with children in my Hikes with Tykes guidebooks.