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The Health Benefits of the Hoverboard

By Sara Butler

Ever since Marty McFly saved the day with his hoverboard in Back to the Future, it's probably been a dream of yours to ride one. Well, the hoverboard of that future isn't here yet, but as your kids have probably mentioned, hoverboards are here! This combination of a Segway and a skateboard is called a hoverboard and it's become a hot item for kids across the country. Since there's such a focus on children and exercise these days, you may be wondering if the hoverboard actually counts as exercise. There are certainly more than a couple of health benefits of hoverboards -- here's why you should let your child talk you into considering their hoverboard time exercise!

Yes, It Does Burn Calories

Even though watching someone ride a hoverboard doesn't seem on par with watching some one working out at the gym, you can rest assured that when your child rides a hoverboard it is actually exercise. A half-hour ride can burn up to 300 calories! It's important to keep in mind that different hoverboards will produce different results, with S-shaped hoverboards helping you to burn the most calories. But the way a hoverboard engages your muscles is definitely a form of exercise.

It Helps with Focus

Hoverboards may not look as if they're very fast, but they can go up to 10 miles per hour! Moving that fast requires a lot of concentration to help you stay upright and safe. This can help your kids enhance their concentration skills as they focus on the world whizzing by and keeping their balance.

It Enhances Reflexes

When your child rides a hoverboard, it increases their ability to balance as well as hone their reflexes. To balance a hoverboard and move it forward, you must constantly shift forward and back. If you go too far in either direction, disaster can strike -- but after a while, it becomes easy since reflexes are being strengthened.

It Helps Your Posture

Many people ride bikes for exercise, kids included. But being in a hunched over position puts a lot of stress and strain on the lower back. Hoverboards help you to keep your back straight as you engage your core, helping to improve your posture at the same time. It gives your body a full workout from head to toe without feeling too exhausted or overwhelmed.

Hoverboards require a lot of muscle control and abdominal muscle strength, so some people may not do well on them. But if you're healthy and don't have any health conditions, that would keep you off one; get into it with your kids for a full workout.

If your child wants a hoverboard, or you want to try one for yourself, don't shy away from it. There are many benefits it can have for your health!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monroe, La.

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