Celebrate National Exercise with Your Child Week

Shaded Playgrounds Offer Ideal Exercise Spot

Throughout the United States, communities will celebrate National Exercise with Your Child Week from Aug. 4 – 10. This nationally recognized week encourages parents and guardians to exercise with their children to help promote a healthier lifestyle. To celebrate, consider adding a shade structure to your local park or playground to inspire parents and children to exercise outdoors.

Physical activity is one of the most important routine behaviors that can reduce chronic diseases and improve health outcomes for all age groups. However, despite the known benefits of physical activity, a recent study conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) discovered that less than 5 percent of adults, 9 percent of adolescents, and 42 percent of children actually met the recommended national physical activity guidelines.

Researchers have concluded that park and recreation programs are integral to promoting healthy behaviors in youth. Several studies by the NRPA have shown a positive association between access to parks and physical activity levels.

However, not all parks and playgrounds are made the same. According to the University of Western Australia, children are more likely to visit a playground that includes natural elements, has pleasing aesthetics, and includes space for active play.

Apollo Sunguard shade structures take your park or playground to the next level with stylish and functional structures. Each shade structure mimics the natural tree canopy, allowing air to flow freely which naturally lowers the ambient temperatures by up to 20 degrees. All Apollo Sunguard Shade Cloths® are well-known for strength, durability, and vibrant colors, making your recreation space instantly more attractive. In fact, installing an Apollo Sunguard shade structure can attract more park and recreation visitors.

Without shade, playgrounds can reach more than 150 degrees in direct sunlight. That’s why Apollo Sunguard invented and patented a design that retrofits existing equipment with obstacle-free playground shade. Apollo Sunguard’s shade structures not only reduce heat, but they also provide important UV protection. This means children and families can play outside for longer without having to worry about sun damage.

Apollo Sunguard has been promoting outdoor play for years. With one of the strongest warranties in the industry, Apollo Sunguard promises long-lasting, superior performance. This month during National Exercise with Your Child Week, consider adding an Apollo Sunguard shade structure to your park or playground to improve the safety, comfort, and wellbeing of your community.

To learn more about Apollo Sunguard’s shade structures, visit www.apollosunguard.com.

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