When was the last time you stepped on a trampoline to experience the feeling of weightlessness?
Chances are, it has been at least years, if not decades. Yet, trampolines are known for their ability to excite people at any age.
Kids get absolutely thrilled when they see a trampoline. After all, the feeling is unique to anything else; like floating in air for that short moment before landing and repeating.
But trampolines for kids are not only for fun. They are perfect for getting the body moving!
I know. Our family owns a trampoline – and everybody loves using it. Well, everybody except the dog!
We use the trampoline all the time not only for our physical health, but emotional health too! I’m a recovered anxiety sufferer – with a bestselling relaxation book and about 2 million books sold globally.
Plus I founded the therapist recommended self-paced online course called The Anxiety Cure.
With this in mind, I love how our trampoline not only helps our family to be in great physical health, it also improves our emotional well being. So I decided to write this article all about how to use a trampoline as part of your child’s exercise routine.
Coming up I introduce five useful tips that support integration of trampolines into your child’s exercise routine. Enjoy reading!
Trampolining as a hobby starts with… you guessed it, finding the right trampoline for you. While you can go visit trampoline parks, it’s much more cost effective and encouraging to get an outdoor trampoline for your yard. When checking for a kids trampoline for sale, it’s good to check whether certain features are included, such as:
These features will make the trampolining experience more accessible (and safe) to various age and skill levels.
This one’s tricky to accept. As parents, we always want the best for our children. Yet, it’s extremely easy to say the wrong thing when we become impatient – after all, parents are humans too. Yet, some things can be avoided by simply being a bit more mindful with what and how we say it. For instance:
Simply put, be there with your child when they need it and learn also to step back when needed.
Exercising is always more fun, if you’re not alone! One of the best ways to help your child become physically active and comfortable with exercise is to show by example. As we all know, there’s no point in saying “don’t use your smartphone so much” to your kid if you are on it 24/7. Well, the same applies to fitness. If you simply ask your child to exercise, it’s highly unlikely to happen if you’re staying on the couch watching TV.
Therefore, when you’re looking for a kids trampoline for sale, you might actually want to look for a trampoline for the whole family. This will allow you and your kids to bounce without compromising on safety.
When it comes to kids and exercising, keeping it fun and easy is key in keeping kids interested in sports. Therefore, it’s essential to add fun elements to the basic trampoline experience as time goes on. There are several things you can do, for example:
Keeping things varied will encourage your child to stay consistent and keep jumping for years to come.
We already mentioned introducing trampoline games for kids. Another way you can approach the challenge of keeping kids interested in exercising is gamifying the experience. Create your own quests and challenges that can be done on a kids trampoline. They can be related to consistency (jump at least 15 minutes for 30 days to achieve a status or get a small prize) or to skills.
For kids between the ages of 4-9, the challenges should be relatively simple and easy to accomplish. For pre-teens and teens, you may suggest more complex challenges consisting of several tasks they need to check before completing.
And if you wonder whether gamifying trampolines makes sense… There’s a reason why adults love collecting flight miles and participating in bonus programs?
Trampolining is an accessible form of exercise for kids. By getting a high-quality trampoline, you have a platform for endless fun and exercising at your yard for years and even for decades to come. Choose the trampoline wisely and, once getting it, follow our practical tips to make sure that jumping on a kids trampoline becomes a standard thing to do every day. Happy jumping!
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