With the continual rise of childhood obesity, exercise products are being made for children that are similar to one’s used by adults, such as a treadmill, elliptical, or bike. These products are kid friendly, offering bright colors and some even displaying moving animated figures. They are “designed to slim and tone the younger segment of the population.” Yes, tone.
One particular product, a Fitness Fun Glide-A-Slide, is like using an elliptical machine and runs for the high cost of $120. According to this article by the NY Times, the 3- 7 year olds who tested this out, “..reported that their legs felt tighter afterward.”
They’ve even created a mini treadmill, perfect for your six year old that offers a ” good cardio workout and is great for muscle development.” Only $110. Because, didn’t you know, six year olds, who have no energy at all, love walking in place. What could be more fun than that?! Right.
I’m all for children exercising and I definitely think it’s a big concern and importance in our society today. I’m aware that any form of exercise is better than nothing at all, but I can’t help but wonder, what happened to the good old days of riding bikes outside, throwing the baseball back and forth, or skateboarding on your driveway? As far as I’m concerned, you could either spend $120 on a kid friendly elliptical, (designed for 3-7 year olds) or you tell the kids to go outside and play ball or something. Run in circles, play tag, play hopscotch.
Or, I don’t know. Go for a walk. As a family. Now that’s an idea.