Home Exercise Equipment
The rates of childhood obesity and diabetes keep rising, and nowadays many children lead increasingly sedentary and dangerous lifestyles. Fortunately, home exercise equipment is a potent weapon against these ills. In fact, given that their bodies are growing and developing, a regular exercise routine is even more important for the health of children than for the health of adults.
In general, children need about an hour of exercise a day to maintain optimal health. This exercise should include at least three sessions of aerobics each week. Fortunately, many different kinds of aerobic exercises are fun and stimulating for children. They can run and play tag or football in the backyard, dance to music videos and do jumping jacks while watching television. Some video games now require lots of jumping and moving around, too. It’s a good idea to combine many different exercises into a single session, and to make sure that the cardio workout is sustained and hearty.
Strength training is also necessary for children. That doesn’t mean that kids should be pumping iron, only that they engage various muscle groups throughout the week. Sit-ups and push-ups are simple and effective moves requiring no special equipment, and pull-ups need only a bar attached to a wall. When your kids reach the age of twelve or so, then they might want to add weights to their home exercise equipment. With free weights they can do such exercises as bicep curls, squats with weights and leg lifts.
Children will look forward to using their home exercise equipment if these sessions are fun. Avoid describing exercise to your children in ways that make it sound like a chore. Rather, emphasize the “play” aspect of working out, and be sure to keep the atmosphere light and happy during exercise: laughter and music can be effective elements. Keep changing up the exercises during a session, too, and keep adding new activities and new home exercise equipment to your routine, to keep your children engaged and curious about what might come next. Also, your kids will no doubt appreciate it if they’re allowed to come up with physical games of their own. (Their creativity may astound you.)
If you work out with your children on a regular basis, you might find that you’re creating a special new bond with them. And in the process of using your own home exercise equipment, you’re sure to get fitter and healthier yourself!