It’s no secret that the world is experiencing a health crisis. According to the Center of Disease Control, more than 42% of Americans are obese, with nearly 10% categorized as “severely obese.” That’s a more than 40% increase since the year 2000, and a mind-boggling 95% increase of severe obesity.
Among young people the rate of obesity is nearly 20%, which means that there are 13.7 million children and teens who are struggling with this problem—and it’s only getting worse.
The impact of obesity is significant. It’s linked to heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes, and cancer, all of which are among the leading causes of premature death. Even if obesity doesn’t result in death, it is often associated with significant reductions in quality of life. On top of all that, the economic impacts are very real, with obese people spending roughly $1,500 more on medical expenses each year, for a grand total of $150 billion in costs nationwide.
Physical Activity Is Essential
Experts say that one of the most critical factors in the rising obesity rate involves the decreasing rates of physical activity among young people, and it’s not hard to see why activity rates have been falling since the late 1990’s.
With the rising use of home computers, the internet, home gaming consoles, and then smartphones, people and especially children and teens became increasingly sedentary. While each of these tech tools undeniably offers a great deal of value, they weren’t without their downsides. As all-too-many parents are aware, one of the hardest things about parenting in the modern world involves getting your kids off the phone and out being active.
The health benefits of engaging in sports cannot be overstated. To name just a few:
When young people engage in sports, they reduce the likelihood that they will develop obesity, and in the event that they are already struggling with weight, physical activity is invaluable for burning fat.
Cardiovascular exercise is essential for a healthy heart, which prevents a wide range of both short- and long-term health problems. Remember that heart disease is the #1 cause of premature death in the U.S.
Sports help to improve lung function and strength. With asthma rates rising each year, physical activity to help bolster lung health is essential.
Physical activity not only tires a person out allowing them to enjoy a better night’s rest, but it actually releases chemicals in the brain that support sleep.
Speaking of brain chemicals, studies have shown that regular activity releases a range of hormones, endorphins, and other chemicals that help to stabilize mood and combat negative emotions.
And these are just the physical benefits of sports. There are also a wide range of social benefits. Team sports in particular can be highly effective for teaching leadership and teamwork, forging social connections, and building self-confidence.
How HoloGear Helps
As we’ve already discussed, in a world of smartphones and video games it can be difficult to motivate young people to get up, get out, and get active. HoloGear provides a solution.
Created with the intention of making sport more shareable via tech and social media, HoloGear is an innovative line of equipment that inspires users to engage in various sports activities, then share their experience. Each HoloGear product is crafted out of high quality, multi-colored materials that reflect camera flash, causing them to appear in photos as glowing, shimmering, neon orbs. The resulting videos and photos make the athlete’s social media timeline look fun and unique, providing further motivation to engage in sports.
Let’s take a look at a few key things you need to know about HoloGear:
Currently HoloGear offers reflective basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, and footballs, as well as reflective jackets and sleeves to match—and these are just the beginning. We have a number of new products on the way, including “HoloGlasses” that feature LED lights that allow the wearer to enjoy the flash effect with the naked eye while playing in low-light conditions.
HoloGear equipment is made to last out of durable, reflective, hydroscopic leather that delivers greater grip.
Thanks to the unique reflective quality, athletes can capture awesome videos and photos that will stand out on social media timelines. This will result in more likes, which motivates more playing, which leads to more posting, which translates into more likes, then more playing…you see where we’re going with this.
HoloGear products have received literally hundreds of 5-star reviews. In other words, they like us. They really, really like us.
HoloGear provides a fun, tech-friendly way to inspire athletes of all ages to get out and get active. Co-founded by Ryan Richards and Jonah Belanger in 2019 just after graduating from college, the company quickly found recognition from Forbes 30 Under 30, Yahoo! Sports, Mashable, Askmen, Touch of Modern, and GadgetFlow, among others, and we’re just getting started.
We’re eager to help more people engage with sports and share their experience, and exciting updates are on the way. Stay tuned for more HoloGear goodness.