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To scoot or not to scoot?
With the increase of stunt scooters in Manchester and the UK as a whole, it is useful to know what our kids are getting out of the sport.
We all know that physical activity has a significant impact on people's health in general, and children are no exception.
The NHS recommends for children aged 5 to 18 to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Not only because your child will be physically fit, but physical activity also brings other benefits. It can improve children's mental health and social life.
Today we focus on the physical benefits that scootering has.
Have you ever asked yourself the question,
"Can scootering be beneficial for my child?" or "Should I even consider it a sport?"
The answer is "Yes."
Some people may think that pushing with a foot doesn't seem like the hardest thing to do. The truth is, it's not, and that's great!
The action of pushing a foot is simple and not incredibly physically demanding. It is intuitive to children and easy to pick up. Most children over the age of 4 begin to enjoy the sensation of rolling on two-wheels in a matter of minutes.
That is the beauty of stunt scooters for kids.
And with children back in school, scootering to and from school could be part of a child's 60 minutes of physical activity recommended by the NHS. 😊
What are the physical benefits of using stunt scooters?
As we mentioned before, physical activity is fundamental for child's development and affects their health in many ways.
Riding on a stunt scooter can help children improve their development aspects.
Scootering can help:
- improves a sense of balance
- builds a muscle strength
- enhance motor skills
- improves coordination
- builds cardiovascular endurance
Children on scooters need to handle their balance on one foot, while pushing, or on both feet while enjoying the ride, which improves their sense of balance and is essential for their development.
Their whole body works as different muscle groups are engaged. Their arms, chest, and back muscles are holding onto the scooter and keeping the balance, while abdominal and core muscles are helping them stay straight-up, and hips and their legs all engaged in a push.
If they switch their pushing leg from time to time, that's even better.
Holding the handlebar while balancing on one leg and pushing with the other helps them enhance their motor skills. Children use their arms and legs independently from each other, and at the same time, their eyes are searching for possible obstacles and bumps ahead. If they want to slow down or stop in an instance, they need to quickly react and put their foot on a break or the ground.
All above improves child's coordination. Pushing with leg while looking for obstacles, slow down or stop, that's a perfect example of Foot-Eye Coordination. Turning on a scooter or doing tricks represents Eye-Hand Coordination and Foot-Eye Coordination.
But we still didn't mention one vital muscle, which is the heart. Scootering is excellent cardio! If a child has a two-wheeler and knows how to speed up, it means that they push with more effort to gain the speed. Where is more physical activity, there is more oxygen needed. That means he heart pumps more blood to keep the body going, which is essential for building their cardiovascular endurance.
When exercise is fun, it keeps children going, without even realizing it.
And we have not talked about doing any big tricks yet!
Eventually, they love it; they have fun, pushing themselves to a happier and healthier life. 😊
Next time, we focus on how scootering can benefit children's mental health and well-being.