The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has estimated that on a yearly basis approximately 8,700 children under the age of 5 sustain injuries from home exercise equipment. And just because a child is older doesn't mean they are safe from injury. According to the CPSC, around 16,500 children between the ages of 5 and 14 sustain injuries each year while using exercise equipment designed for adults. The most common of these injuries include bruising, cuts and bone breaks from falls, along with friction burns.
There have also been instances of young children approaching their mom or dad from behind while they are working out, getting their fingers or hand caught under the mat of a treadmill or in the chain of an exercise bike. Injuries related to this range from cuts, crushed or broken bones, friction burns and even amputations. It's vital to keep a close eye on young children to ensure they don't come in contact with your exercise equipment while you are using it.
While not every child who uses exercise equipment made for adults will sustain a visible injury while doing so, working out on equipment designed to be used by taller and heavier people can result in muscle and joint strain. It's just not worth the risk!
Kids learn by example, and what better way to set them on the path to health and fitness than by giving them the means of exercising beside you on their own treadmill, stepper or bike?! Buying them their own exercise equipment will mean you will be able to get on with your own workouts as you spend time with your kids sharing a fun, healthy activity.
Three of the most popular items in the Redmon Fun and Fitness Exercise Equipment for Kids range are their Treadmill, Air Walker and Happy Bike, all of which I discuss below.