photo courtesy of Its Linz
More people are getting up and moving— 62% of adults walking 10 minutes or more weekly, an increase from the 55.7% reported in 2005— but it’s still not enough. Only 48% meet the recommended 150 minutes a week of aerobic exercise (although that number has also increased, from 42%).
How about kids? According to the National Wildlife Federation, kids can’t resist the glowing screens of video games, television and the Internet: the average child in America spends over seven HOURS in front of a screen and less than seven MINUTES in unstructured outdoor play each day, which may well factor into rising childhood stress levels and obesity rates.
Studies indicate that:
- the more time kids spend outside, the more likely they are to be physically active
- exercising outside can help reduce stress, increase our ability to cope with life’s curveballs and positively affect sleep habits
- outdoor workouts boost mental health and general sense of well-being as much as 50% more than indoor workouts
- those who take their workout outside are more likely to do it again
With co-host @MonkeyMatMama, we took to Twitter to discuss what keeps us from moving in the outdoors as much as we should, ideas for fun free-range fitness (for kids and adults alike), and tips for getting out the door.
One great tip is to keep a Monkey Mat handy! This nifty invention makes it easy to get-up-and-go, for an impromptu workout or afternoon outside with the kids. A lightweight tarp with benefits, the Monkey Mat boasts ingenious tweaks that are just what moms and outdoor enthusiasts ordered: weighted corners and corner loops for maximum security against wind, a water-repellent surface that’s also machine washable, center loops for securing keys or toys, and a 5×5′ surface that folds into its own little pouch, ready to be attached to your purse, bike handle or belt loop via its built-in strap.
You know what a superfood is to a regular food?
That’s what a Monkey Mat is to a regular ol’ mat.
Other tips for getting kids into the sunshine,
from our Twitter friends:
We had some advice for adults, too:
The Monkey Mat has tons of uses: from serving as a clean surface for kids to play on or eat from, to using as an exercise mat or concert resting place, to fort ceiling or parachute plaything.
Check out our blogger’s reviews for more feedback and ideas!
- The Portable Monkey Mat Has You Covered! from Family and Life in Las Vegas
- Monkey Mat Portable Travel Picnic mat review from Mama Dweeb
- My First Virus and Some Monkey Mat Business from Stuft Mama
- Gear: Monkey Mat Review from Athlete Dad
- Monkey Mat from Its Linz
- Monkey Mat from The Splattered Apron
- Monkey Mat: Product Review from Bargain Briana
- #MonkeyMat Pictures and Whatʼs New Wednesday #15- #MonkeyMat is What! from Miss Molly
- My Monkey Mat from The First Step Blog
- Monkey in our partner ab workout: Product review of Monkey Mat from Fitness A Way Of Life
And check out Christie’s guest post IMPORTANT LEARNINGS FROM YOUNGER YEARNINGS on MizFitOnline.com.