Take your kids to the park and get fit? YES PLEASE!
How Do The Playnasiums Work?
The Playnasium is like a playground and an outside gym morphed together.
The equipment is designed to use kids as a counterweight balance, allowing parents to work out whilst simultaneously playing and bonding with their kids. How good does that sound?!
There’s the Row-Row-Row Machine, the Pec-A-Boo and the Pull Upsy-Daisy, which are designed to be used with children up to seven-years-old.
Peter Burns, YMCA Victoria Chief Executive, says in a press release: “The YMCA is committed to increasing the health and happiness of families and the local community. We have shown this through our long history of inventing the next big thing in physical activity.”
And while most public playground equipment such as swings and slides, puts the parent behind the child, the YMCA Playnasium positions them in front, providing eye to eye contact.
“Adults are spending more and more hours with their eyes focused on screens and less time interacting with their families – I see parents at parks on their mobile phone while holding on to a pram in which their child is using a tablet device,” says Leanne Hallowell, who is an early childhood lecturer at Australian Catholic University.
“It is this lack of engagement that lessens attachment between parent and child, which is not only poor modelling behaviour but is contributing to the decreasing health and education of young Australians.”
While the Playnasium is currently on a road show through Victoria – the next stop is at Boorondara Family Week on May 19 – personally we would love to see these popping up in parks everywhere for parents and kids to get out and get active together.
To find out more, and where they will be set up, check out the website here.
More dates will be announced in coming weeks.
Meanwhile, here are ten top tips on how to make time to exercise when you have small kids.
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