Physical activity is one of the most important parts of staying healthy, no matter what age you are. With more and more kids getting stuck in a sedentary lifestyle, it’s vital to find ways to engage them while they exercise. At Hot Ground Gym, we’re passionate about making exercise and fitness fun for the whole family, and one of the ways we do that is with our obstacle courses. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the ways kids can benefit from training on an obstacle course. Check out one of our locations in Northbrook, Vernon Hills, or Arlington Heights or call Hot Ground Gym to learn about our Obstacle Course On The Move program.
-Sequencing and Memory
As kids grow up and go through school, there is a lot of information they need to retain. Additionally, they need to understand how to proceed through a sequence of events in the correct order. By going through an obstacle course, both of these skills are honed, as they memorize which obstacles are coming up and in which order they need to be handled. These skills are very helpful in all aspects of their life.
An obstacle course also provides ample opportunity to learn and experience different sensory inputs. For instance, they’ll engage the deep pressure sensory input (also known as proprioceptive) as they deal with heavy work like pulling themselves up a wall. They’ll also encounter linear (up and down), sagittal (side to side), and rotary (spinning) inputs through the course. As they encounter these senses, they’ll learn how to adjust to them, which helps them develop motor skills, coordination, and adaptation.
-Strength and Balance
When you encounter the various obstacles in a course, it tests both your strength and balance. This makes it a great way for kids to get an all-over workout, making them stronger and fortifying their sense of balance that is still developing at a young age. Both of these traits transfer effectively into other areas of fitness, which is great for kids who might want to pursue sports, martial arts, or gymnastics.
Put simply, motor planning is the skill which allows us to utilize the sequencing and memorization we’ve developed and put it into action. It can be easy to know what you need to do, but it can be more difficult to actually do it. In an obstacle course, there are plenty of opportunities to learn how to execute certain actions effectively.
Something that kids can struggle with at an early age is bilateral coordination, which is moving separate body parts in conjunction with each other to complete a task. With all of the different obstacles they encounter through a course, they’ll gain a better understanding of how to do this without as much trouble. Having good coordination doesn’t just improve fitness and exercise, as it translates to every aspect of our lives.
There are many great ways that kids can benefit from training on obstacle courses, but we hope this gives you an idea of how this fun way to exercise can improve your child’s life as they grow up. Want to give it a shot? Call Hot Ground Gym today to learn more!