The Benefits of Rebounding

If you’ve ever seen a child on a trampoline, you know how many hours of fun they can have on them. As a matter of fact, it’s often quite a feat tearing him or her away from it. There’s just something about bouncing around that is almost addictive. Little do kids realize what great exercise they’re getting.
Trampolines are available in many different sizes. There are large ones that will hold several people, smaller ones for two or three, and the tiny ones that one person can jump in place on. But there is also a type of trampoline called a rebounder, which can provide great exercise opportunities.
A rebounder is similar in size to a one-person mini-trampoline, but is designed specifically for maximum benefit when exercising. It is ultra-strong, and used properly is easy on joints while providing an excellent physical workout. Rebounding burns fat, builds core strength, and can greatly improve your balance and coordination. Few other exercises offer all of these benefits in such an appealing way.
Rebounders are great for kids because they are fun. Even children who are not inclined to participate in sports or other physical activities often enjoy jumping. So even the most stubborn video game lover will quite possibly use a rebounder without any persuasion.
Another great thing about rebounders is their compact size. They do not take up nearly as much space as most exercise equipment, and some even fold up for easy storage. Unlike most trampolines, they can be used indoors. That means that worries about the weather do not have to have a negative impact on exercise time.
Perhaps one of the most important advantages of rebounding is its safety. The rebounder’s springs absorb almost all shock so that your body isn’t subjected to it. And beginners can use training bars until they get the hang of it.
Rebounders are wonderful for use in homes, schools, physical therapy, and most other applications. Their small size, ease of use, and fun factor make them ideal for children. Just twenty minutes of use three times a week is all that is required for measurable results.

Article provided by Denise Nero Fitness and Kids


Childhood obesity- What’s the fuss?

Some may feel like the recent publicity about childhood obesity is just hype. But childhood obesity can lead to bigger problems for kids when they grow up. Studies show that overweight children have a 70 to 80 percent chance of being overweight as adults.

And there are other risk factors, too. Studies show that overweight children have a great chance of developing diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

You can help your child from becoming obese or you can help him or her lose weight if they are struggling. Here are some things you can do.

• Don’t let your kids eat when they are bored. Teach them not to eat while they are reading, watching television, or playing video games.
• Don’t use food as a reward. Use more proactive things such as a new book, shopping time, manicures or pampering.
• Involve the whole family in eating and exercise. Do not single them out.
• Make slow changes so they do not feel attacked and hide food.
• Praise frequently for healthy choices and exercise. Stay away from all negative comments and connotations
• Set goals as a family. Don’t make them scale related.
• Have more active days. Plan active days.
• Have them pack lunches with you so they will have items they will eat, steer clear of school lunches.

Remember that there are no weight loss medications approved for children. Childhood obesity is not just a North American problem anymore. Read more at