In this modern era of home video game consoles, TV sets, the internet and many other indoor distractions, many concerned parents lament the lack of activity shown in their children. Most kids these days show little interest in going outside or playing a game of ball with their friends. Instead, they sit at a computer or in front of the TV and spend their time with virtual, online friends whom they may never meet in person. This sort of stationary lifestyle leads to obesity, lethargy, and many other health problems resulting from a lack of movement.
But why do they just sit there all day?
The thing is, kids will do what they find to be the most fun for them. They’re not playing video games because they dislike the outdoors, they’re playing video games because those games have captured their attention and made themselves interesting. TV show writers and video game programmers have spent millions of dollars on finding out what kids like and how to keep them engaged. It’s no wonder they’ll sit still for hours watching shows that have been tailor-made to give them exactly what they want.
How am I supposed to go against all that?
Luckily, TV show producers and video game companies aren’t the only people who’ve been hard at work studying and capturing the interests of children. Sporting goods companies, realizing a need has been made, have been working to fill in the gap by developing all sorts of outdoor fitness equipment. We’re not talking the same old bats, balls and sports equipment of yesteryear, either. High-quality equipment, designed to undo the damage of a sedentary lifestyle, which is not only engaging and fun but affordable and easy to use.
But my kid won’t like it!
It’s hard to tell exactly what your kid needs, but luckily many people who produce outdoor fitness equipment sympathize with your problem and will work hard to ensure that you and your child can get some equipment that will be well used and fun. Note also that a lot of this equipment can be used by you as well, and that your child might not be the only one who needs to spend more time outside. Also, your child is more likely to pick up and stick with outdoor activities if you are there to join them, and while it’s doubtful that a piece of outdoor fitness equipment will turn into a passion for them, a few outdoor hobbies can really increase one’s quality of life.
How do I know what piece of outdoor fitness equipment is right for me and my family?
There are many things to consider, but any good retailer of outdoor fitness equipment has no doubt learned to choose the most fun and effective pieces of equipment for you and your whole family. Be sure to know what it is you and your family members enjoy (the kids especially) so that the salesperson can ensure you don’t get saddled with something that rusts to pieces or is left neglected and unused once that first week’s fun is over. Some even offer exchange programs if the equipment doesn’t work out, so you can try two or three pieces until you find something everyone can enjoy.