For kids to really grow, learn and flourish, they need a variety of activities that involve creativity, imagination, social skills, physical activity and fun.
There is no place better to incorporate all these elements than in outside play. Our current technology-driven environment has lead to kids sitting inside far more than they ever have before. While they do have some merit, TV, tablets, video games and phone apps are keeping kids occupied too frequently, meaning they’re less inclined to get outside and get creative with their outdoor play. Not only are they more sedentary, but they’re also more likely to reach for those unhealthy snacks!
What a growing kid needs is fresh air, good nutrition, exercise and a healthy dose of sunlight to help keep both body and mind healthy. Here are 6 ways that a Springfree Trampoline can help keep your kids healthy inside and out:
1. Healthy, fun activity
Jumping on a trampoline is an ideal way to boost muscle development, strengthen bones and reinforce joints (it’s also a safe exercise activity for many children with special needs). It can help to improve coordination and balance, build confidence and advance sensory skills. Most importantly, it’s an activity your kids will love, so will get all these benefits without even realising the good they are doing!
2. Social skills
A trampoline is a great democratiser across age, gender, skill level and interests. Anyone can enjoy a trampoline in some way, no matter their physical abilities! It’s a great icebreaker to get kids interacting with each other, making new neighbourhood friends, or strengthening friendships with other kids in a safe environment. Leave the kids to get creative and invent their own games, provide them with chalk to create their own artwork and designs on the mat, or let them loose with some tgoma games for some friendly, healthy competition and challenges.
3. Safe play
While we all probably grew up in the error of tree climbing, bike riding and rollerskating in the street, today’s world is a little different. Giving our kids the space and freedom to play outdoors is important, but having peace of mind that they are safe from injury is priceless. A Springfree trampoline is, well… springfree! Springfree Trampolines have been designed to eliminate the impact areas that cause 90% of product-related trampoline injuries. There are no hard surfaces to hit and the net enclosure helps to prevent falls.
4. Sleep better
When you are active during the day, it can help you sleep better at night. Jumping on a trampoline is the prefect fun way to get active! Fresh air, sunshine and exercise are a great combination to enhance the overall wellbeing of your kids!
5. Happy mood
With jumping and exercise comes increased oxygen circulation which stimulates the release of feel-good endorphins leaving your kids feeling energised and happy. It can have a positive effect on their behaviour and concentration, leaving them alert and refreshed while burning off pent-up energy!
6. Educational games
Springfree Smart Trampolines come with apps designed to activate mental development as well as physical development. These apps are a GREAT way to make technology a really positive thing because they encourage kids to off the couch and outside!! The best thing is, they’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even realise that they’re learning at the same time! As well as making them think, the games require coordination and muscle control, so strengthen the pathways between the right and left hemispheres of the neural cortex, therefore developing whole-brain thinking.
The benefits are obvious, your kids will love it and you can rest assured with the peace of mind that your kids have a healthy and fun activity to keep them occupied. What more could you ask for!
By Registered Nutritionist Claire Turnbull