Too Young to Spa? Try a Youth Gym!
- Published: Friday, June 9th 2006
- in Living Well
I came across these photos the other day and wanted to learn more. With obesity increasingly prevalent among young people these days, it was heartening to see youngsters exercising. But I have always felt that gyms were for adults and, indeed, many gyms have age restrictions. In a way, it doesn’t make sense for us to keep kids out of the gym and encourage them to exercise at the same time.
SHOKK® Ltd is a company in the UK that provides exercise equipment and experiences specifically for kids between the ages of eight and 16. The company’s stated mission: “Our aim is to create an exciting and stimulating environment to ensure young people are engaging in a positive physical activity experience.” The equipment at these facilities is designed for young people, and so are the gyms themselves. A kid-friendly color scheme, music systems, color-change lighting, educational charts, plasma screens and projectors, branded flooring, mirror effects, and even a chill-out zone complete with healthy vending machines attract youngsters, helping them to forge sensible fitness habits for life.