Hello and Welcome to Part 2 of our article about combatting child obesity by increasing physical activities for children AND at the same time,making them fall of variety and fun to do.
In Part 1, we helped you to understand why physical activity was important for children and youths as well as the consequences should such activity be ignored or be insufficient. You are welcome to review this content at any time by clicking HERE as well.
With respect to Parts 2 & 3, we are going to discuss in detail a very popular but misunderstood type of physical activity which undoubtedly would increase your child’s fitness levels and significantly reduce his/her chances of becoming obese then or in later life,coupled with a healthy eating regime.This physical activity is TRAMPOLINING and it is equally beneficial to adults like you and me !
Since our discussions will be extensive so as to help you decide whether or not to invest in a trampoline product, the descriptions will be categorized here and in Part 3 will be categorized so that you can decide beforehand which sections are of interest to you and which you want to ignore,at least for the meantime.
Both parts 2 and 3 include unbiased PRODUCT REVIEWS of particular trampoline models so as to further assist you in your future purchase considerations.
Here is the list of topics for part 2 :
- Interesting facts about trampolines
- Are Trampolines a safe exercise alternative ?
- Always practice toddler trampoline safety
- Benefits of Mini-Trampolines
- Trampolines are outdoor fun for kids
1). Interesting Facts About Trampolines
You know what a trampoline is, and you probably know that it was invented as a way for people to jump and enjoy acrobatics without the pain of hitting the ground (or the water, in the case of acrobatic diving) at the end of the jump. There are some other interesting facts about trampolines that you may not know, but that make for fascinating trivia. The trampoline became famous after inventor George Nissen was photographed on a trampoline jumping with a kangaroo.
While this photograph has been referred to as “chance,” and many people have referred to Nissen’s “luck” in having such a photo snapped, it was actually a planned publicity shot, which had exactly the effect Nissen hoped. Most people wonder how Nissen got the kangaroo to jump with him; he held its front paws so it could not kick him, and jumped, which caused both of them to bounce, of course. While the kangaroo has been referred to as “tame,” it actually was not.
The word trampoline comes from the Spanish “el trampoline,” for diving board. Nissen was a diver and gymnast, and invented the trampoline to provide a safer way to do the acrobatics he loved in both sports.Trampoline clubs flourish around the world, but Kent, England’s Gillingham Jumpers is the largest club in the world. The Jumpers generally have about 1,500 people jumping in the Jumpers Rebound Centre every week, more than any other known club.But clubs are not the only arena for trampolines. In 2000, at the Sydney Olympics, Irina Karavaeva of Russia won the first gold medal in trampoline competition. George Nissen, then 86, attended the Games and saw Karavaeva win the gold.Trampolines are becoming popular as extreme sports, as well. Not content simply to jump on a trampoline, many sports centers are now offering bungee trampolines, which involve a jumper strapping on a harness and bungee cord so they can jump higher and do more stunts on the trampoline. Competitive trampoline jumping is surprisingly popular, and has been around for some time, with the first World Champion, Judy Wills Cline, earning her first title in 1964. She eventually held ten world titles in trampoline, synchronized trampoline and tumbling. Dan Millman, who is now a well-know personal growth expert, was the first men’s World Champion in trampoline, and also won his first title in 1964.
However, trampolines are not only an individual sport; in 1986 Cleveland State University’s Delta Epsilon fraternity fielded a six-man team that set the Guinness World Record for continuous bouncing on a trampoline, with 53 days of jumping between six people. President Reagan called the team to congratulate them. Other Guinness record categories for trampoline include a category for the longest slam-dunk by a basketball player on a trampoline.Knowing interesting facts about trampolines may not make you a better jumper, but it certainly will make you a more interesting party guest, and the next time you’re jumping on your trampoline with friends, you might get a chance to share some of your unusual trampoline knowledge.
2). Are Trampolines A Safe Exercise Alternative ?
You see trampolines in backyards across the country now, and you’re probably used to hearing your kids talk about friends’ trampolines, and how cool they are. And you are probably used to hearing other people talk about the fact that trampolines aren’t all that safe. You may be thinking your kids would benefit from the exercise—but are trampolines actually safe? Trampolines are both safer than most people think, and far safer than they used to be. Early “trampoline” safety primarily consisted of putting your trampoline in a spot that was as level and smooth as possible, and preferably covered in grass, so when the kids fell off, they wouldn’t hurt themselves badly. Parents used to cower at the idea of a trampoline in the backyard, and most insurance companies charged extra for homeowner’s insurance when a trampoline sat in the backyard.Today, trampoline safety is a lot more sophisticated. First, you can buy a spring-free trampoline, which eliminates the minor injuries of cuts and pinches from landing on a spring, and insures that kids don’t hit a spring and bounce off. This is a very good first step, though spring-based trampolines are also safe when used with the correct pads to cover the springs.
– You should still place your trampoline in a safe, smooth, level spot covered with grass if at all possible; that’s just common sense. In case there is an accident, a good location can minimize injuries. – You should also place a safety net around your trampoline. This keeps jumpers from bouncing off the trampoline and hitting the ground, and is a requirement on most insurance policies. It’s also just a good investment in your kids’ safety. It is not uncommon for kids to bounce off of un-netted trampolines, so putting a net around yours will keep your kids on the trampoline and safe.Trampoline safety pads cover the metal poles and the springs, so that if your kids happen to bounce into either, they are protected from pain and possible injury. This makes the whole trampoline a soft, bouncy and safe surface.
You can often find trampoline packages that include the trampoline, net and safety pads for a discounted price over buying each part separately. Even if your dealer does not carry pre-bundled packages, they will often offer a discount when you buy the safety equipment and the trampoline together. If you’re putting up a trampoline, you need to put the appropriate safety measures in place right from the start, to make sure no one gets hurt.Can kids get hurt on a trampoline? Of course ! They can also get hurt on bikes or using colored pencils, if they fall or stab themselves. But as safe play goes, trampolines are over-engineered for safety these days, and the protective gear available makes them one of the safest pieces of play equipment most kids use. There is always the possibility of an accident, but if your trampoline is well protected and well placed, there should be no problems.
3). Always Practice Toddler Trampoline Safety
Kids absolutely love to jump up and down on things. Purchasing a toddler trampoline is a sure way to satisfy this desire and save your mattresses. Sometimes the innocent fun of jumping on a trampoline can turn tragic if a toddler bounces off of the trampoline. There are more than 100,000 people treated every year for trampoline related injuries. There are some ways for your kids to have fun and stay safe from injury at the same time.One of the major causes of a child falling off of a toddler trampoline is jumping at the same time as another child. When multiple children are jumping and one comes down before the other, the stretchy material in the toddler trampoline becomes rock hard. This loss in elasticity can cause the second child to fall off the trampoline and possibly become injured. In order to avoid injury only one child should jump on a trampoline at a time.Some toddler trampoline models come with safety netting as part of their design. This safety netting surrounds the trampoline and decreases the risk of a child falling off the trampoline. If the trampoline has already been purchased, there are safety cages that can be purchased separately from the trampoline. Safety cages are similar to safety netting and also protect the child from falling to the ground. Jumpers should always be supervised. Children should never jump on such a trampoline without adult supervision. The adult supervising should be aware of the manufacturer’s safety instructions. A trained supervisor can spot activity that could lead to an accident and stop it before injury occurs.Children should only use the toddler trampoline under appropriate weather conditions. In cases where there are strong gusts of wind, a jumper can easily be swept off the trampoline onto the ground.It is up to the parent or guardian to make sure that the child is safe on their toddler trampoline. Following these safety steps will help make sure that children can have fun and be safe at the same time.
4). Benefits of Mini-Trampolines
If you’ve ever seen the baby trampolines in the sporting goods store and thought, “Oh, isn’t that cute,” you may not realize that these little trampolines, known as rebound trampolines, fitness trampolines or mini-trampolines, are a great exercise tool. If you don’t have time to go out for a run, or go to the gym, or if you’re concerned your kids are not getting enough exercise, a mini-trampoline might be the perfect solution.You don’t need a lot of room for a mini-trampoline, which can make it a much better way to exercise at home than a treadmill or exercise bike. These trampolines are great for jogging or for aerobic exercise, and you can fold up the trampoline and lean it against the wall or slide it under a bed to get it out of the way. You might be amazed, in fact, at how convenient the mini-trampoline is.If you’re planning to do regular aerobic exercise, such as following a tape, doing aerobics to music, or running, you’ll appreciate having a mini-trampoline to jog or dance on, and you will enjoy the convenience of simply setting up your trampoline and getting to work; you won’t have to go out in bad weather or drive to the gym to meet your fitness goals. Mini-trampolines come in several sizes. The very smallest trampolines, which are usually about three or four feet in diameter, are very inexpensive, often under $50, and are the easiest to store and set up. You may find a trampoline like this fits your needs perfectly and lets you do exactly what you need, when you want to work out. You can also buy larger fitness trampolines, and if you’re going to be using it a lot and doing a lot of complicated aerobics moves you might find that a larger trampoline serves your needs better.But don’t limit your trampoline only to fitness and exercise use. Next time your kids are bored, can’t go out because of the weather, and are obviously full of energy, why not pull out the mini-trampoline and let them play on it? This is a great way to get some of their energy out, as well as helping them get some exercise and play indoors when it’s nasty outside. When you buy a mini-trampoline, don’t necessarily buy the cheapest one you can find. Consider getting a slightly more expensive model to increase the durability and safety of your trampoline. Carefully check the springs, pads and legs, and make sure the surface is going to hold your weight and allow you to exercise easily. You want it to be elastic, but you don’t want to sink through to the floor when you stand on it, either. Overall, a mini-trampoline is a very useful piece of exercise and workout equipment, and a great way for you to get your exercise, as well as for your kids to work out and play indoors and release extra energy while getting fit. And for the workout potential, a mini-trampoline is a great bargain, as well.
5). CONCLUSION : Trampolines are Outdoor Fun for Kids
If you never had a trampoline when you were a kid or teen, you really missed out on something. If you’ve seen kids jumping on a trampoline, you can easily see what a great time they’re having. For some reason, kids love to jump, whether they’re on the bed, on the ground or on a trampoline, and trampolines are the most fun (and usually most acceptable) jumping platforms.Kids jump primarily because they have a lot of energy. Well, that and because jumping is fun, and they like to jump. A backyard trampoline gives them a safe place to jump (assuming it’s set up correctly), and gets them out of the house and playing outside.Trampolines for the backyard come in a variety of sizes, which can be a major help when you start looking at trampolines. When you survey your backyard, you may think, “Where would we put it,” but there are many different sizes of trampolines, and you can get them in round or rectangular shapes, so it may be easier to find a place to put a trampoline than you expect.When you choose a trampoline, it’s a good idea to get a spring-free trampoline, which is safer for the kids. There’s no chance of hitting a spring and getting a pinch or cut, or of bouncing off a spring and hitting the ground. Spring-free trampolines boast a lot more safety than trampolines with springs. And when you choose your trampoline, also add pads to protect jumpers from injury if they bounce into the poles, and a safety net to keep jumpers on the trampoline, where they belong. It’s easy to bounce off onto the ground without a net, so this is a very important safety accessory. If you’re putting a trampoline in your backyard, you should also consider using it yourself for exercise. Learning to move deliberately on a trampoline, and using it for cardiovascular and lower body workouts, will give you a great, fun way to work out, in your own yard, and also allow you to do something fun with your kids and spend time together outdoors. Whatever size and shape of trampoline you choose, make sure that in addition to using pads and a net, you also put it on level, smooth ground, with no rocks or roots under the area where jumpers might land in getting off or if they should somehow fall. Good placement is a key to trampoline safety. A trampoline provides both you and your kids with hours of outdoor entertainment. If you put up a trampoline, you can almost guarantee that your kids will want to spend time outside jumping, more than they want to be inside watching television re-runs. They’ll have a blast, you’ll have a great time watching and even jumping with them, and you’ll get the most return on your money of any entertainment item you buy for your kids, possibly in their lives. Overall, there is very little you can do for your kids that they will enjoy and use as much as a trampoline.
Now let us present to you a product review comparison on the 5 Top-Rated Mini Trampolines over the last twelve months :
We can now move onto PART 3 of this article and consider other aspects of Trampolines such as the different types available and, of course, their benefit with respect improving health and fitness.
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