Pogo Stick Health Benefits
Pogo sticks may be a nostalgic type of toy but are you aware of just how much pogo sticks have significant health benefits? When I was a kid, I had no clue how much it helped my health. I was just worried about having fun. That is the best part, your kids will get a great workout without even realizing it! I am going to share with you pogo stick health benefits you will find. You may be a little surprised!
Pogo sticks were invented and patented back in 1918 by Ger Hansburg. The Original Pogo Stick Company, Flybar now has more than just pogo sticks but despite the excitement over the new products, pogo sticks are still sold, used and LOVED by children of all ages (and even adults can get in on the action). Flybar now is considered a “sporting goods company”.
Now on to the health benefits that a pogo stick brings. There are six major health benefits we will discuss. These health benefits are not only for kids but also for adults who join in on the fun! Although a six-year-old may not see that the need for all of these health benefits, creating a healthy routine is important.
Jumping on a pogo stick will most definitely get your heart pumping. You will see that getting out of breath is a pretty normal thing when jumping on a pogo stick. Your heart is a muscle, therefore, it needs exercise to keep it strong. By increasing the blood flow to your heart, your heart will pump faster, and in turn, will give your heart the workout it desperately needs. Getting in your cardio each day will help decrease your chances of heart disease and obesity.
Strengthening Leg Muscles
Your legs will be in shape in no time flat if you are faithful to use your pogo stick. Pogo sticks especially work your quadriceps and calves.
Tone Your Core
Balance is everything when it comes to jumping on a pogo stick. You may not have the best balance before you start exercising with your pogo stick but the more you jump, the better your balance will get. So, what does that have to do with your core? Your core muscles are what help you balance. By being better at balancing, your core is getting stronger and stronger.
Strengthen Your Back Muscles
You may think that your back muscles are the same as your core muscles. That is part true, part false. Your lower back muscles and your lats (your outer-middle part of your back) is part of your core. Jumping on a pogo stick strengthens more than just the core back muscles. When you are jumping on the pogo stick, your back is what is stabilizing you. Your rhomboids, deltoids, latissimus dorsi, and trapezius will all strengthen as you jump. Make sure you try to keep good posture while jumping to prevent injury to your back muscles.
Firm Your Glutes
The more forceful you jump and the higher you jump will increase the benefits a pogo stick will have on your gluteal muscles. Jumping higher and more forceful will come as you get more experienced on your pogo stick.
Anytime you can mix outdoor activities with exercise, you will find it easier to fight depression. Vitamin D plays a major role in mental health. So, get outside as much as possible but don’t just be outside. Get active! An active lifestyle helps combat depression greatly!
Here is a weight and age guide for the different pogo sticks shown.
- Foam Maverick Pogo Stick for ages five to nine and between 40-80lbs
- Foam Master Pogo Stick for ages nine and up and between 80-160 lbs
- Flybar My First Pogo Pals Jumper Unicorn holds up to 250lbs.
Although your child may not care about toning their glutes, one day they will. Help them get a jump on tightening, strengthening, and toning all the muscles in their body at an early age.