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Are you ready to add the ultimate toy to your backyard? Something your kids will spend endless hours playing with while also getting exercise and enjoying a plethora of other benefits?
The mystery toy we’re talking about is the trampoline.
But maybe you’re thinking, a big round trampoline will never fit in our yard! Well, there’s good news: we’ve rounded up a selection of square trampolines of all sizes and price points so there’s a huge chance you’ll find something perfectly suitable for the space, and budget, that you have.
If you’re still on the fence, keep reading to learn all about the many ways a trampoline supports your child’s development.
The first, and perhaps most obvious benefit, is that it gets kids a) moving and b) outside. Bye-bye screen time! No more fighting about video games, TV shows or the tablet. Your child will be thrilled to get outside and jumping in the fresh air.
Of course, the more time kids spend outside, the more Vitamin D they get from the sunlight. This is very important as this vitamin helps with brain development, muscle and cardiovascular functions, and the respiratory and immune systems. Vitamin D is also important for healthy bone growth and bouncing on a trampoline helps increase bone density.
It’s also a fantastic way to help kids improve their coordination and motor skills as it helps them learn their center of balance while constantly shifting their center of gravity. As they’re jumping they have the opportunity to improve their balance and coordination at the same time.
Jumping is outstanding for heart health, and bouncing around on a trampoline will allow your kiddo to strengthen important muscles needed for a healthy cardiovascular system. It also helps kids improve their fitness, as ten minutes of jumping is believed to be equivalent to 30 minutes of running.
Don’t hit the “buy” button just yet. Before you pick the rectangular trampoline of your kid’s dreams, keep reading for a few tips to help you find the right model.
Space: It goes without saying that the first thing you should consider is how much space you have in your yard. Round trampolines take up quite a bit of room, which is why we recommend you get a rectangular one, to better take advantage of the space you have. Also, make sure you look at the size of the trampoline and not just the mat.
Weather: What’s the weather like where you live? Does it rain a lot? If so, consider a trampoline that can be assembled and disassembled with relative ease or, alternatively, a trampoline that has a cover to protect it from the elements. A tarp probably won’t cut it; you’ll need an appropriate cover if you want your trampoline to last.
Springs: Broadly speaking, springless trampolines are safer for kids, compared with those with springs. Spring-based trampolines generally offer less of a bounce and a rigid stretched canvas with very poor shock absorbency. A springless model will use fiberglass rods instead of metal coils and a steel frame and are usually safer for kids.
Safety and durability: Of course you want a model that’s built to last and as safe as possible. Make sure the model you want has enough padding and sufficient shock absorbency. You want to prevent potential trampoline-related injuries so you need to make sure you purchase one that is built with safety in mind.
You’re now ready to add a rectangular trampoline to your yard and let your kids get jumping. Remember, safety first, and then let the fun begin!