It’s funny how being around kids jogs memories of your own childhood. Spending a week with my nieces made me realize how different children’s entertainment has become. When I was a kid, I remember spending most of my days after school running around in the backyard or riding my bike, climbing trees or even going back to school’s playground to climb the jungle gym. Video games were very few and far between.
Now, kids seem to be addicted to TV and video games. They lead a very sedentary lifestyle. Kids don’t seem to voluntarily exercise. But like all habits, exercise is one that needs to be instilled at an early age. Children should be “tricked” into exercising. For example, trampolines offer multiple benefits at the same time. Not only is it a good cardio vascular workout but it helps increase flexibility, strength, and balance. Both sides of the brain are forced to work together when it detects that the body is in the air. The both parts of the brain are forced to work on balance and coordination thus improving motor skills. Many educators agree that a child’s ability to learn depends on his control of movement and coordination. The trampoline is one of the most helpful training devices for coordination. Trampoline jumping is recommended especially for children with poor coordination. Over a short period of time, improvement in coordination is noted along with an improvement in classroom performance. So you see, jumping is not only good for the body but also the mind.
Kids aren’t born with the discipline to choose physical activity over video games. Parents have to get more involved in the extracurricular activities of their kids and set limits to TV and video games. Get involved and jump into a new activity!