1 in every 3 kids in the US are considered overweight or obese. Did you know that obese kids have an 80% chance of staying obese their entire lives? In order to live long and healthy lives, exercise is a must. But these healthy habits start at an early age. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease. It also increases the risk of stroke and such other major cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol and diabetes. The good news is, exercise can be both fun and exciting!
Did you know that 10 minutes of jumping provides the same level of cardiovascular health benefits as 33 minutes of running? A study by NASA reports this means jumping is 68% more efficient than running.
The Journal of Applied Physiology reported that jumping is the most effective form of exercise yet devised by man, plus it’s FUN!
Jumping uses almost every muscle, especially your heart muscle! With use, these muscles get stronger.
How? As you jump you put greater gravitational pull (G force) on your muscles. With each bounce, sixty trillion cells in your body are continuously being strengthened. Heart muscle fibers will get stronger which means all of your muscles and muscle layers will grow stronger as well.
Many professionals recognize that a child’s ability to learn depends on their control of movement. A child's success in sports, recreation and in the classroom has a direct correlation with movement and muscular strength. Blood circulation is increased when the cardiovascular system is thriving. Good circulation ensures that oxygen is pumped throughout your body and to the brain which helps you feel healthier and more alert.
Jumping improves circulation and allows children to gain better body control and overall balance, stamina and awareness of body positioning. This can have a positive effect on performance and physical activity and ability.
Jumping stimulates your lymphatic system, helping rid your body of toxins, bacteria, viruses and other cell waste. The constant change in gravity stimulates every cell in your body. Jumping increases your heart rate, gives you an aerobic, cardiovascular workout and increases your coordination, rhythm and stamina.
When blood circulation is increased, the body releases energy and pumps more oxygen into the brain and other tissues. But unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a heart to aide in pumping throughout the body. It relies on gravity and body movement.