Kids today have access to some of the most stimulating and entertaining toys in history, but the amount of physical activity in which they participate is on the decline. Between video games, iPads, and other technology, children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen. Given that, it should come as no surprise that only one in three children are active every day.
Now more than ever, it’s important that exercise and physical activity are made a priority in every household. Exercising with a slide board is a great, fun way for children to build and improve their endurance, strength, and flexibility. Staying active by using a slide board will greatly benefit their overall physical and mental health, now and in the future.
Why Kids Should Use Slide Boards for Exercise
- Aerobic Endurance: Building and maintaining aerobic endurance using a slide board provides health benefits such as a healthy heart and body weight and allows children to keep up during physical activities.
- Strength: Performing strength-enhancing slide board exercises helps children to have healthy bones, improved mental health, and increased lean body mass.
- Flexibility: Staying active on a slide board helps kids to maintain their flexibility, which promotes good posture, helps them to relax, and minimizes their risk of injury.
Aerobic endurance is an important component of a healthy lifestyle for children. Exercising with a slide board helps kids to have healthier hearts and lungs, maintain healthy body fat levels, and to have better chances of being healthy adults. Performing aerobic exercise with a slide board also builds the endurance kids need to keep up in play as well as in youth sports and other activities.
While heavy weight training can wait until they’re older, using a slide board to build strong muscles in their youth can lead to children having healthier bones, improved mental health, and increased lean body mass. Slide board exercises such as slide board push-ups and lunges are effective and present a healthy challenge to growing muscles. Kids can also see these benefits through exercises like push-ups, handstands, and even cartwheels!
Slide board exercise helps children to improve their flexibility, which in turn promotes good posture, helps them to relax, and also minimizes their risk of injury. Kids who maintain their flexibility into adulthood benefit greatly as they are less likely to experience “grown-up” physical challenges such as stiff joints and soreness. Activities such as dancing, gymnastics, active play, and even yoga are also great for kids and will help them to maintain the flexibility they need.
Starting healthy habits at a young age is important to helping kids be healthy, and stay healthy, as they mature. Exercising with an UltraSlide slide board is a lot of fun for kids (and adults!) and promotes aerobic exercise, strength, and flexibility, which are key to ensuring their overall health.
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