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Kids Fitness Toys - Indoor Exercise Machines For Children

Updated on May 23, 2013

Childhood obesity caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits is a problem in much of the Western world with the United States seing a sharp increase in the number of children under the age of 11 showing up as overweight. Worse, statistics are also showing that overweight children lead to overweight adults in more than 40% of cases and that number increases to over 70% in overweight teenagers where it can become a life long struggle to maintain a healthy weight. Diseases once only seen in the middle aged and elderly are now cropping up at an alarming rate amongst the young too with diabetes, elevated blood pressure, asthma and high cholesterol regularly cropping up amongst the nation's youth.

The American Heart Association recommends around 1 hour of sweat-inducing exercise for children every day starting as young as the age of 2 years old. This may come through dancing, running, skipping etc. but should raise the heart rate a little to encourage good cardiovascular health.

Junior exercise equipment for children is typically designed for youngsters between the ages of 3 to 8 years old and is made specifically with the safety of small bodies in mind. Under supervision these mini exercise machines for children are an excellent way to introduce the concept of maintaining a healthy body whilst making it fun too.

A mommy and me workout is great for your child's health, lets them burn off a little energy especially when cooped up indoors on a rainy day and let's you concentrate on your own workout too as you get fit side by side.

Indoor Exercise Bike For Children

Yes, it's great to send your children out to play in the sunshine, and even in the snow, but on those days (and sometimes whole weeks!) when its either too wet and miserable or too swelteringly hot to let your kids go out and play safely, there are a variety of different indoor cycles for use inside the home to help them burn off some of that excess energy.

Indoor bikes are fun, especially the kind you can attach to a TV screen to play video games with like the Fisher-Price Smart Cycle which has your child pedal his or her way through an interactive learning environment, having fun, learning and exercise at the same time.

They are also often used to distract a child away from the more dangerous adult exercise equipment in the home which younger children should never, ever be encouraged to use. Giving them their own stationary upright fitness bike and having them exercise alongside you keeps them in sight and away from the big boys toys. A mommy and me work out is a great way to introduce them to the idea of healthy exercise too.

There are some indoor bikes for children which are basically modeled on the adult size gym machines but with a child's smaller body in mind. These are great for the aforementioned uses and also often recommended for children's rehabilitation after sickness or an injury.

For some examples of indoor bikes for children for sale right now check out a couple of the options listed below or for more detailed information, and more buying options check out this lens on indoor exercise bikes for children and teens.

Rowing Machines For Children

An indoor mini rowing machine for children is a great way to introduce healthy exercise into a child's life in an enjoyable way. Rowing indoors is a low impact activity ideal for kids which improves upper body strength and flexibility whilst strengthening the cardiovascular system. They can help an obese child burn calories to help bring them down to a more healthy weight, aid in child rehabilitation programs following injury or recovery from an illness, or they are just a great fitness companion to allow your child to accompany you whilst you do your own work out routine.

Junior-size rowing machine for young children are tyically designed to suit youngsters between the ages of 3 to 8 years old and are proportioned for their specific body size and requirements. Resistance is always either air via pistons or magnetic which can be adjustable to provide a lesser or stronger resistance level.

Rowing machines for children are designed with their safety in mind and these are some of the safest types of exercise machines for children out there but they should still not be treated like a toy. All child size exercise machines should be used under supervision of an adult.

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    richlip 4 years ago

    For those on a budget who probably have the game console, about

    video games alone that involve jumping, dancing, swinging a bat or paddle

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    Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Pretty neat exercise equipment for kids. I've never seen these. They can be handy, especially on those extreme wintry days that you can't take your kids out. It's a great way to instill fitness at a young age too.

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    rockguitar69 5 years ago

    @AnimalHouse: this is a great lens, child obesity is a growing concern.

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    AnimalHouse 5 years ago

    Great lens! child obesity is a great concern. Love your collection of exercise toys.