Today one in three American children and teens are considered overweight or obese. Since 1971, the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled, causing nationwide health concerns. Health issues, that remain dormant as they are children, will surface when they are young adults. The issue of obesity is deeper than just health concerns, it is how children mentally develop what is good for them and what is bad for them. A big obstacle that allows obesity to grow is children no longer are getting their needed, daily exercise. Not only that, but parents and schools are opting for faster, easier options of children — which rarely are good for them. It is no secret that the child obesity in America is a problem. With 13 million overweight or obese, we cannot just think about how that reflects on our country, but how the choices kids make today, will affect their futures.
Because of the rising importance of this issue, new meal standards at schools went into effect in 2012. This was the result of the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which stated that breakfasts and lunches would be served at U.S. school to prevent child hunger. For every serving, the government regulated that each meal had to include a serving of fruits or vegetables.
Though since 2010 there have been many strides to make America healthier, the obesity problems still loom over our heads. Though diet is an incredibly important factor in health, without exercise, the job is only half done. Exercise is important because it helps jump-start the immune system, it encourages healthy digestion, and helps metabolism. Though what kids eat is important, how they break down their food and build muscles is extremely important.
How can you make sure our kids are getting exercise? One important way kids are getting exercise is that at most American schools, children are given recess time. During this time, children are encouraged to play on a playground and interact with each other. Even teenagers are mandated to participate in one hour of physical activity every day. However, if children are accustomed to thinking that physical activity is their enemy, they will be less likely to participate. Ultimately, it is up the parents of the child to encourage positive reactions to active play.
How Jumping on a Trampoline Can Help
One way to encourage activity is to make the physical activity as fun as possible. If your kids are given excitement and fun while they play, they are more likely to fully participate. The challenge of being a parent and trying to encourage play time is that you will have to find a place that you both can comfortably be active. Parks are a great choice, however, they rarely aren’t big enough for a parent to participate with their child. This is where an indoor trampoline park can be helpful!
When you bring your child to an indoor trampoline park, they can jump all day long! At the same time, you, the parent, are also encouraged to jump with them. Not only will you both be getting exercise, but it is a great opportunity to bond with your kid.
If you are wondering how jumping on a trampoline could be beneficial could be good for exercising, you would not be the first. It is difficult to think that something that could be so fun, could also be an excellent workout. In fact, trampolines are one of the best methods of exercise because they work every aspect of your being at once. Here is how:
Use of Energy
When you jump, whether they are big jumps or small jumps, you are exerting energy. This is good because when you use energy, you are simultaneously breaking down the nutrients in your food. You also will break a sweat, which is good for releasing toxins from your body.
Use of Balance
You might never know it, but when you jump, you use your core muscles a lot more than you would think. Why? Because they are responsible for maintaining your balance when you jump. Think about it, every time you jump on a trampoline, you never bounce up perfectly up and down. Your body subconsciously uses muscles to maintain balance. This is why jumping is such a valuable exercise activity.
Use of Mind
When you jump, you are reliant on your brain to determine the distance of spaces and cognitively process jumping. Though some might think jumping on a trampoline is mindless. In actuality, it is very mind-intensive.
Use of Body
When you jump, it would make sense that you would use your body. But do you know how much of it you are using? The answer is almost all of it. Most of the muscles groups that are used are in your legs, glutes, and core. Your arm muscles are the only group that isn’t used quite as much, although you can participate in jumping activities that involve your arms.
At Rebounderz, we have a large trampoline arena and a ninja warrior course where you can utilize your entire body. By bringing your kids to a Rebounderz, you are giving your child the best start in life. Not only that, but you are instilling in them an appreciation for exercise and value to their health. Stop by a Rebounderz today!