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Daemon
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Playground Benches: Helpful or Harmful?

Getting adults up and moving may be as simple as removing benches from playgrounds. Researchers found that removing seating from children's playgrounds increased the amount of exercise adults got as they supervised the youngsters in their care. When the benches were removed from one playground, adults were 23 times more likely to engage in moderate to vigorous activity than when the benches were present, and they were no more likely to cut their children's playtime short as a result of the lack of seating. More...
thar
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Grrrrr!
'harmful' - just by being there they stop you exercising?

Stop blaming everybody else, and if you want to be more active, don't use the bench.

For the people who want or need it, give them a bench, and stop trying to engineer people. Encourage a culture where we take some responsibility for ourselves, instead of doing a study and reporting that benches are 'harmful'!

end of rant Whistle
reinsalkas
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Oh sad times are these! when passing ruffians can tell if benches are harmful or 'ni' harmful...



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Thar I agree.



Benches (and rubbish bins for that matter) are necessary in those places, benches especially for older people.


I hate the people who destroy them and other kinds of public property.
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Luker4
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curmudgeonine
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:19:30 AM

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That's an interesting finding. I would have thought the adults would have reacted as expected, and to shorten the children's playtime. I know that because I have MS, benches are necessary for people like me and such, so what's the solution?
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Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:22:42 AM

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I resonate with the passion of Luker4. What about those who actually need that bench? Will they no longer go to the park because of a lack of benches? But on the other side of the equaion, the absence of something has its positive side. I no longer have goodies in my house so there are no midnight runs into the kitchen for a bowl of ice cream.
Christine
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:29:32 AM

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The Grandparents (great-grandparents) need to sit!

Some people like to sit at the park to eat.

This research is silly.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 10:21:50 AM

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"Playground Benches: Helpful or Harmful?" --- YES!

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108amitabha
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It is quite an interesting topic. Benches in a public park are required not only for aged persons but also for younger generation to take rest after a brisk walk or following outdoor exercise. For young lovers a bench is a must!
Gustavo de S Consoni
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:19:35 AM

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No use to remove the benches if people are carrying cell-phones.
kphathi
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Of course helpful The argument that people will exercise more if there are fewer or no benches, doesn't hold water. Benches are very much required in a playground. In fact, one can't imagine a playground without a few benches to rest tired bones.
tSacha
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I've perused this site for years and never felt the urge to comment, but now, I must. Does the researcher suggest I take my three year old to the park and run around whilst breastfeeding my newborn? Or should my three year-old not get to go to the park because I have no place to nurse her sister? Breast-feeding whilst climbing monkeybars...I sense predict a new Olympic sport.
Azam Siraj
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Bullshit
kenturner1
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:36:07 PM

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Leave the benches alone! Seriously, if they remove the benches then I'll just sit on a blanket on the ground.

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