Outdoor play every day
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2020-09-17
Outdoor activities may help us lift our moods and improve our learning efficiency. TUCHONG

How do you usually spend your spare time? Many people choose to be couch potatoes, but not Luo Han, a 9-year-old from Changsha, Hunan.

Luo Han completes at least two hours of outdoor activities every day and has raised a wave of discussion online.

Although he is in primary school, he has already mastered sports like kayaking and paddling.

His aptitude for outdoor sports is due to his father Luo Ge, who actively encourages him to enjoy nature, rather than focusing only on his learning. After noticing that Luo Han did not go out for enough exercise after school, his father took him to do outdoor activities every day.

Many applauded them.

“Exercise can ease brain fog and improve memory. Many students feel stressed about school work, so outdoor activities can help us keep our moods uplifted and improve our learning efficiency,” said Liu Yu, 18, a university freshman.

Wang Tao, a parent of a 16-year-old, showed her support for the father. “It’s more than a way to relax. It’s a training of willpower,” she said.

Her son He Xin, from Hefei Thomas School, Anhui, is a fan of outdoor sports. Although facing increasing pressure in his studies, he has joined the school’s athletic programs.

However, some have also expressed their concerns.

“Two hours isn’t too much for a 9-year-old, but it might be difficult for high school students to guarantee this block of time when school becomes more demanding,” said Huang Xi, 16, from Liyang High School of Jiangsu province.

Ms Zhu, who has a daughter in middle school, also agreed that two hours is too much for the majority of parents, especially on weekdays. “When I am off duty, I need to do housework. After my daughter finishes her homework, she prefers to watch TV. Neither of us would think of going outside for exercise,” Zhu said.

Other parents are concerned about the safety of outdoor activities. Zhang Zhijin has a son in high school. “Sometimes, teenagers can do crazy and risky things. We worry about accidents,” Zhang said.

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
Couch potatoes  电视迷
A wave of  一波
Kayaking  皮划艇
Paddling  划桨
Aptitude  才能
Focusing  关注
Brain fog  脑疲劳
Efficiency  效率
Athletic  运动的
Concerns  担忧
Guarantee  确保