Family, Kids

Pogo Sticks, Learning to Jump, & Impressing My Kids

I’m not gonna lie, it’s not easy to impress my kids these days. They are usually much more impressed by dad who builds things and fixes everything.

Enter our 20 year old pogo stick which still works but isn’t in any kind of condition for a person over 50 lbs. My son had found it and had some interest but couldn’t figure it out.

My daughter was doing ok learning on her own but the spring was a little weak. I knew I would be buying a new pogo stick because if the kids show interest in something active I usually try to encourage them.

I looked for pogo sticks that weren’t too expensive but would still hold a “tween” sized person pretty easily. This Think Gizmos Pogo Stick for Riders 80lbs to 160lbs was just what we were looking for.

I knew this would work for my daughter and I am close enough to the weight rating that I felt comfortable jumping on it too.

Yes I could have looked for a pogo stick for adults but that usually increases the price significantly. Plus it probably would have also raised the minimum weight so then it might not have worked as well for my daughter.

So we got our pogo and I let the kids try to figure out pogo-ing on their own for a bit. My kids won’t listen if they haven’t tried something their own way first, so no use wasting my breath. They had a blast but couldn’t get more than 1 to 2 jumps before falling over.

I went out and showed off jumping like 20 times in a row. This was double impressive to them because they aren’t used to me jumping at all (unless it’s a jump rope and even that can barely be considered jumping)!

I managed even though I was winded, and then I talked them though holding the tension needed between the pogo foot pedals and handle bars.

I also talked them through jumping on. You really want to stabilize the pogo by placing the leg that is already on the pogos foot pedal against the stick portion. This keeps the pogo from wobbling as you jump on.

Then you basically just keep the foot of the pogo under your head as much as possible. In my house the balancing instruction that works best is to tell everyone to keep their head above their butt. It makes them laugh and so it’s memorable.

I am sure there are tons of people in the world that are much better at pogo-ing then I am but in my little corner I am proud to impress my kids, nieces, and nephews. It’s been really fun teaching them a new skill, plus anything that tricks me into more cardio can’t be bad!

I doubt too many of you reading this are trying to learn how to pogo. If you are I doubt you will have any trouble finding a tutorial but I’d be happy to take the time to film one, if people are interested. I do have experience teaching quite a few people at this point.

Back in the 90’s my brother asked for a Pogo stick and my dad bought him one. When it finally shipped in (because mail-order took a few weeks back then lol) dad handed it to me and said go figure this out so you can teach your brother!

I think we were all curious as to whether my autistic brother would be able to balance the pogo. He has some nerve damage that limits sensation and that can make coordination a challenge in some activities.

We never discourage him though and he has shown us time and again that if you keep trying you’ll figure it out.

He learned pretty quickly and he could probably still jump to this day, although I would have to get an adult sized pogo for him.

At 6’4″ even if he was close to the weight rating this pogo would be too short for him to stabilize easily. He hasn’t shown any interest in jumping pogo recently but has said he’d enjoy a stationary bike though so that’s what we got him. It’s not easy getting older, and sometimes less impact is safer!

Believe it or not my neck was what hurt the most the first time I got on a pogo in recent years. I’m not shocked because most of my chronic pain is in my neck and shoulders.

Billy and I actually got a present for ourselves pretty recently because chronic pain is something we are actively seeking remedies for these days. Billy found a massage chair pretty recently and the price was too good to pass up. My family has paid at least this much for recliners in the past.

I highly recommend the massage chair as part of a stress and pain management routine). On the days where you played a little too hard and moving is challenging, the massage chair is a nice way to loosen up those back muscles.

Obviously I am not ready to stop being a kid yet. While work hard, play hard is a pretty common state of being for most of the people I know, relaxing seems to be a part of the puzzle that many people skip.

While I have definitely made some improvements, I’d be glad for any suggestions on fun activities for exercise and what everyone enjoys for relaxing and recovering.

I know I am always trying to balance work, family, interests, other responsibilities, and relaxation. It is not easy and any helpful (and fun) advice is appreciated.

Thanks for reading with me today! I hope this gave you some helpful tips or reminded you of some fond memories, and that you get to enjoy some activity, sunshine, and relaxation this week!

Take care,

Kat @CraftingGlow 

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