The aim of this study was to examine the influence of time spent in outdoor play on daily physical activity in fifth grade Costa Rican children. Children (N = 190) wore Omron HJ- 720 ITC pedometers for one week to assess their step count and aerobic steps, and completed an Outdoor Play Survey. Results revealed that children who spent 3+ hours in outdoor play per day had higher step counts than those who spent less than an hour per day, p = .018. Children were more active over the weekdays than weekend days, and girls acquired significantly fewer steps then boys (p < .05). These findings suggest outdoor intervention is needed to promote healthy benefits associated with physical activity among children in Costa Rica, particularly for girls and over the weekend.
Rudisill, M. E.,
& Robinson, L. E.
The influence of time spent in outdoor play on daily and aerobic step count in Costa Rican children.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 6(1), 33–43.