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I disagree, I think they could be a good thing.



First off, there is the imitate mom aspect, but the main thing is that it could build a healthy habit of exercise early on, and perhaps put a more desirable spin on exercise.



Think about it: When kids exercise, they usually do it running around, playing on bikes, and climbing at parks. As adults, we don't do this anymore--why?

As adults, we grudgingly get onto treadmills and air walkers because we have to. How many of you who own a treadmill actually use it? How many of you enjoy it? What if you were brought up thinking that the treadmill was a fun toy? Don't you think getting on it would be more desirable and less of a chore?





Also, they are not expensive at all--$90-$130. They cost less than PS3, XBOX or Wii, and offer more developmentally, but more parents would rather spend their $$ on a video console--how many school aged kids do you know who do NOT own a video console? How many adults do you know who own a video console and no treadmill or gym membership?

Kylie - posted on 06/30/2010

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I wouldn't buy those for my kids..but my daughter saw the exercise bike at the toy store and jumped on it..she thought it was great. I don't have a problem with these products..kids like to imitate parents..i have a running machine and cross trainer and i still get out walk and go to the park. I think my daughter would love a cross trainer her size..but shes not getting one..shes got enough toys. Child obesity is a problem..anything that encourages kids to be active is good in my eyes.

Charlie - posted on 07/01/2010

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There are hundreds of pointless toys on the market , at least this one promotes health and fitness and i totally see the imitation thing too .

I wouldn't buy one but i dont see the huge issue , im sure its not meant to replace proper exercise , i dont see parents organizing strict exercise programs on these machines but more to be used as a toy with the benefit of added health and fitness which can only be good in this world where obesity is taking over the children .

Ez - posted on 06/30/2010

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I agree with Sharon. I've seen them in the shops and cringed. I can see the 'imitation factor' that some of you have mentioned (along the same lines as the other toy household appliances). But I think exercise should be incidental and impulsive in a small child's life - jumping on the trampoline, swimming, chasing the dog, riding the bike - not something like this.

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Meghan - posted on 07/02/2010

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I like that little girl's track suit...kinda off point but that was my first thought

Pamela - posted on 07/02/2010

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Actually, you can hook up bikes in such a way to the TV that they produce electricity while being used and effectively power the TV. So the kids have to exercise to watch TV. It's good for adults too.

I live in the land of relatively extreme weather (Northern Minnesota - we get to enjoy some pretty frosty temps). We send the little rug rats outside anyway. Okay, not when it's below zero. Don't want any frost bite. Actually though, the kids love the snow and one year, my guys built an entire city in our backyard. Okay. Maybe not an entire city.

Lea - posted on 07/02/2010

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Well in places with extreme temperatures this might be a really good idea! You know the reports about how many hours of TV kids watch... well they could at least be doing something while watching TV.

Pamela - posted on 07/02/2010

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I make my kids dig sod. That's good healthy exercise. I actually don't think this is a bad thing necessarily. One thing though: it concerns me that so many kids don't go outside as much. Fresh air and lots of free play is so good for kids. Just a thought.

Caitlin - posted on 07/01/2010

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Maybe my not understanding comes from the fact I refuse to have treadmills or anything like tht in the house - I think they are useless. I of course exercise by walking outside when the weather is nice, and before my kids I did Karate as well, which is great exercise and I plan on enrolling my kids when theya re old enough, but until then the park is fine. When the weather is bad, she runs laps around the house while I "chase" after her in funny ways.. She LOVES it when I do that, and it seems to keep her pretty busy - along with her mega blocks, and a day or so of rain is bearable.. In the winter when walking or playing outside isn't happening, there are kid gyms and indoor pools and when they are old enough - Karate.

I see the imitation factor, but I still don't think it's a great idea.

Jocelyn - posted on 07/01/2010

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Ok so I noticed the Air Walker one, and let's just say the first thing that popped into my head was my son (3.5 years, all arms and legs, no grace what so ever) trying to use that and failing miserably (in a funny way of course :P )
While I don't think I would buy it, I can see how it would be useful. I'm in Alberta and our winters suck!!! My son had so much pent up energy I thought I was going to have to give him away to someone with a bigger house. So I can definitely see an exercise bike coming in handy!

Jessica - posted on 07/01/2010

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I think if mommy has one it could be kind of fun for a kiddo to come workout with mom. I don't think they are a neccesity but for fun to do what mom does. I know when my kids see a treadmill they like to get on and play, not that I let them but if there was something they could have that was safe. I also agree with the rainy day and nasty winter day thing, it would give them something to do.

I do think their use should be monitered. Children now a days are constantly being told that to be liked you NEED to be skinny so from that aspect I can see how some parents can take it to an unhealthy place.

Rosie - posted on 07/01/2010

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i think they're pretty worthless for me. sharon made a good point about being in places where you can't go outside like arizona iis hella hot, and here where i live (iowa) it gets hella cold in the winter. i just can't see spending my hard earned money on something like that. i just don't see how structured exercise like that is too beneficial for a child, seems kindof forced. i'd rather have my kid run, jump on trampolene, ride their bikes or whatever.

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Roxanne does have her own mini Dora trampoline (with the netting all 'round).....her 2cd bday is coming up in September and my parents bought it and gave it to her so she can use it through the summer....She LOVES it!

LaCi - posted on 07/01/2010

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I like it. Pretty soon I imagine my son will, as he does with all things, want to imitate his father and I working out. So if he wants to run on his little treadmill while I hit the elliptical then I think it's great. It's not a substitute for outdoor play of course, and I wouldn't use it as such. But it does encourage a healthy routine when they're too small to use the adults equipment but still want to be like mommy and daddy and exercise. I didn't know this existed, but now I'll probably buy some of it. I think I have less than a year before he starts wanting to work out with us.

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I have actually never seen them in the stores, but at the same time, I've never really looked for them. I can see both pros & cons. Anything that gets a child moving, motivated, and wanting to exercise is a good thing. In the winter time, I walk the high school track and my son runs/plays around the track as well. But in the Arizona heat, outside activities are limited, even when it's dark out, it's still over 90 degrees. (Today they are calling for 112 degrees) I also don;t see these products as horrible if the family is big into fitness. There's nothing wrong with teaching proper exercise habits and routines at a young age. Many gyms have drop-in child care centers, and perhaps these products might encourage the family to exercise together.

C. - posted on 06/30/2010

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Well, I am torn. In a way, maybe this was supposed to bring a lower impact exercise to children as opposed to running and playing.

My sister has had Rheumatoid Arthritis almost her entire life and she's never had a problem with being overweight or anything.

I don't know..

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So, now's not the right time to mention that I bought one for Roxanne (21 months) last week?! ;)

Sharon - posted on 06/30/2010

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Imitation or not - it bothers me. For kids that size anyway - they could cause an unhealthy body image, but mostly, lol, No.

Jodi - posted on 06/30/2010

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See, big girl panties, older mum, still learning, honestly didn't look at it from that perspective and changed my opinion :)

Still not buying one though.......

~Jennifer - posted on 06/30/2010

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I think we need to add an "ah-ha!" rating.....

for those rare times that someone actually cops to 'not thinking of that "



(it's rare, but it happens)





♥Jodi♥



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Jodi - posted on 06/30/2010

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Good point ladies, I didn't think of the imitation thing. I bought my daughter a play stove and washing machine, etc. I suppose exercise equipment could replace this.....

Charlene - posted on 06/30/2010

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I don't think they are that bad. I mean, if you have the money to blow on them, it might be a good way for kids to blow off some built up energy during rainy periods. For everyday use though? No way. Go outside, run, walk, play soccer. Just move.

~Jennifer - posted on 06/30/2010

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I agree with the 'imitation' theory. I have an 'air walker' as that site calls them - and I can only use it while the kids are asleep, or I can't get them away from it (when I try to use it).....so, I CAN see the people with money to waste spending it on one just to be able to get a moment' to themselves.....

Amber-Dawn - posted on 06/30/2010

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I don't think it's so much as a "my kid needs this exercise stuff" kinda thing, although, for some people, probably. It seems to me as more of a "I wanna do what mommy/daddy do" thing.

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A lot of this stuff looks like what you'd use in a physical education class at school. But the treadmill is a little over the top.

Jodi - posted on 06/30/2010

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WTF???

They are also called back yards, bike tracks, skate parks, playgrounds. Honestly, that's ridiculous. No child that age should need exercise equipment. It is also called PARENTING. If your kid that age NEEDS exercise equipment, then maybe you need to look at why and fix the cause.

I find it disturbing too Caitlin.

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