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JumpBoots & Obesity
“Childhood obesity remains a widely acknowledged national and international problem. In England alone, childhood obesity has doubled in 10 years. This complex issue needs to be addressed carefully at national, regional and local levels.” Source Childhood Obesity Conference 2006 JumpBoots are internationally committed to promoting fitness in schools through enjoyment.
KIDS PHYSICAL EDUCATION
"So much fun... they'll forget it's exercise"
Kids love to bounce; they jump on the bed, on the couch, on trampolines, and they love the sensation of being "air-borne". In fact, the urge to jump is quite natural. Because jumping is so much fun, most children don't realize how beneficial it is to their health... so please don't tell them that it's really exercise.
JumpBoots are very safe and easy to use. Overweight children finally have a perfect exercise option that burns calories, tones all muscles, increases their agility and self esteem, while they are playing!
Californian schools and para-scholar organizations like Boys & Girls clubs (USA) started using JumpBoots in 2001, to fight the plague of overweight and physically inactive children. But JumpBoots provide even far more health benefits to children.
In his book "Jumping for Health" Dr. Morton Walker writes how rebounding helps correcting learning disabilities, improves vision, coordination, concentration, spatial awareness, rhythm, posture. JumpBoots are currently being tested successfully in Denmark with autistic children.
The following article is from "The Olympian";
Kangoo shoes give kids a jump on fun, fitness
Hendershot, 53, is co-founder of Spanaway’s Body Fun Fitness. As the little studio approaches its first anniversary in April, she is trying to provide more fitness options for children. While, like many fitness studios, it’s classes like Zumba that brings in the most clients, Hendershot is finding that she has a knack for inspiring kids to exercise. Like a parent who hides vegetables in the kids’ spaghetti, Hendershot is disguising exercise as something different for children.
She teaches a fitness course called Drums Alive, in which workouts are high-tempo drumming sessions. But one of her favorite activities is to simply loan the kids a pair of spring-loaded shoes called JumpBoots. The shoes, which have a football-shaped spring underfoot, are designed to reduce the impact of activities like jogging and jumping. “It’s like a bouncing feeling,” Hendershot said. “It’s a boing, boing, boing when you run instead of a pound, pound, pound.”
While JumpBoots, a Swiss company whose U.S. office is in Kent, offers various organized workout programs to go along with its shoes, Hendershot has found that isn’t necessary for kids.
“Kids don’t always like an organized workout,” she said. “But you put these on and they are running around the room, having fun and getting exercise on their own.” Hendershot uses the JumpBoots herself and swears by them. “Every time I see a runner they don’t look very happy,” Hendershot said. “They must like it because they are out there, but this feels so much better.” Hendershot isn’t a runner, but recently took her JumpBoots out for a jog and finished 3.5 miles in about 25 minutes.
“I used JumpBoots before I opened the studio,” she said. “I thought kids would love them. If I could just reach a few kids that would be a good thing. So I started giving them to kids to use for an hour and they’d run around with no moaning or complaining.” Hendershot says using the shoes is similar to working out on a small trampoline. Balance is easy on the shoes, she said, and no training is needed. She offers special Kangoo Jump classes at her studio and makes them available at birthday parties. She rents the shoes on Saturdays for $5 per half-hour. Hendershot is also launching afterschool fitness and nutrition programs for children and this fall will start a P.E. program for home-schooled children.
With all of the programs that she offers for children, she encourages parents to join in. “Some gyms offer great programs for adults and great programs for kids,” she said. “But there aren’t that many programs out there that kids and parents can do together. I want to encourage that.”" end of article.