Recent Study Finds 87 Percent of Parents Are Concerned About Childhood Obesity

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A recent survey conducted by Gorilla Gym, makers of the popular children’s indoor gym, has yielded sobering results on parents’ thoughts regarding their kids’ physical activity, or lack thereof.

Four hundred and thirty-two participants, all parents, were asked various questions ranging from concerns over physical activity (both at home and in school), impact of screen time vs. physical time, and whether or not their children’s work load at school impacted their child’s overall health.

The results were alarming, with 87% of parents concerned about childhood obesity and 77% concerned about the impact of screen time on physical playtime. Over 25% of parents feel their children’s schools do not provide enough time for physical activity.

“Our main goal with this study was to tap into the minds of parents in regards to their children’s physical health overall, how much of a priority it was, and what we could do to help combat their concerns,” said Peter Velikin, Co-Founder of Gorilla Gym. “It’s a proven fact that physical fitness in a young child’s life is just as important as mental fitness during a child’s development. It’s a symbiotic relationship: focusing on both together helps the child excel throughout their childhood and guides them to make healthier decisions into adulthood.”

The parents surveyed were most concerned that the lack of physical activity day to day for their children would cause childhood obesity, a medical condition that is impacted by poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and genetics.

“According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)*, children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day,” said Velikin. “Parents are fervently seeking guidance in this area. The more resources and options we can offer them to encourage their children to stay active, the better.”

Velikin and Co-founder Kiril Alexandrov created Gorilla Gym to combine fun and health benefits with the ease and novelty of exercising indoors. It’s lightweight, portable, and installs in a doorway in seconds without tools or drilling, supporting multiple attachments for dozens of exercises and activities, including an indoor swing, gymnastics rings, and much more for fitness and yoga. It holds up to 300lbs. and has met all product safety testing standards globally.

It also offers countless health benefits for children with autism, disabilities, and sensory processing disorders. Researchers have found many positive links when exercise is incorporated into therapy programs. Some of the findings show that movement-based autism therapies can help improve academic performance. Physical activity can even help reduce an autistic child’s aggression.

Exercise therapy can help improve motor skills and engagement and exercise can mitigate the negative effects of autism medication. On the most basic level, using Gorilla Gym will help kids burn calories, which can help keep their weight in a healthy range.

Selected as a product of the year by Education.com, Gorilla Gym comes in three different packages for children:

o    Gorilla Gym Kids Deluxe: A full-scale exercise gym for kids 3 and up. Each Gorilla Gym Kids Deluxe package includes the core doorway unit plus an indoor swing, rings, ladder, rope, and a trapeze. MSRP $159.95
o    Gorilla Gym Kids Package: Provides all the attachments you’ll need to turn the Core Unit into a full-scale exercise gym for little ones. Each Gorilla Gym Kids package includes indoor swing, rings, and rope ladder. MSRP: $129.95
o    Indoor Swing Package: Kids love to play, and swinging is a great way to encourage activity while keeping them entertained. Now you can be indoors and still provide your kids with the chance to swing and exercise, thanks to the Indoor Swing Package. MSRP: $99.95

The unit is easily installed in seconds, securing safely to your doorway without drilling or holes. Parents and physicians have also recommended the gym’s use as a therapy tool for children with autism and disabilities.

“As parents ourselves, we recognize the need for products to be both entertaining and functional,” said Velikin. “Over 75% of our customers have told us their children use their Gorilla Gyms on a daily basis and for months on end. Who wouldn’t want to swing the day away?”

For an in-depth look into the survey results, visit http://www.gorilla-gym.com.

About Gorilla Gym:

With rapid growth for consecutive years, Velex Corporation dba Gorilla Gym is one of the hottest consumer products companies in the Kids and Adult indoor fitness arena. Created by two Harvard graduates for their own kids, Gorilla Gym is helping parents tackle the growing child obesity epidemic by offering a versatile, action-packed product loved by children, which replaces screen time with active playtime. Within three years, Velex Corporation has grown from its successful crowd-funding beginning, scaled e-commerce sales of its patented home exercise system domestically, and is currently in the early stages of international and retail expansion.

*Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/

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