FLIP OUT FIGHTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY
The UK’s biggest trampoline park operators, Flip Out, have donated a staggering 20,000 free passes over the last 3 months to East London schools in a bid to help fight childhood obesity.
Shocking figures reveal that nearly 40% of all London’s children are overweight or obese, with the highest rates occurring in the areas of greatest deprivation.
Flip Out co-owner, Richard Beese, is behind the initiative in a bid to rectify the worrying trend.
He said: “More and more children are ending up overweight. The issue is getting out of hand and more needs to be done to encourage these kids to exercise.
“Combined our stores cater for over 2.5m customers a year and we like to think we are playing a vital role in tackling this national epidemic
“It’s not always easy to get kids active but trampolining offers a perfect blend of fitness and fun. You’d be surprised how much easier it is to get kids up and active if they actually enjoy the exercise!
“Trampolining exercise is 68% more efficient than jogging and a 100% more fun! And when you’re all bounced out, there’s tones of other activities to keep you entertained.”
Flip Out currently has 21 centres across the UK with four more sites coming soon in Lakeside (Essex), Rushden Lakes (Northampton), Hereford and Aintree.
Trampoline exercise is one of the most effective forms of keeping fit and Beese argues that it provides a myriad of health benefits:
“Bouncing on the spot improves balance, coordination and motor skills – all while putting a minimal amount of strain on bones. It strengthens joints, tendons and ligaments which also helps reduce the chances of suffering from arthritis.”
The immersive Flip Out site in East Ham is packed with trampolines, stunt box zones, foam pits, warrior climbing walls, battle beams, a challenging Ninja warrior course and a 30ft super slide.
It also hosts London’s first ever indoor caving experience as well as a laser maze where users can summon their inner Tom Cruise as they navigate avoiding laser scanners.
Flip Out even holds various fitness sessions; from women only courses, to free-running classes the park caters for a range of ages and abilities.