You Need to See Pink and Her Kids Crushing It at the Skate Park
Pink is passing on her skateboarding skills to her children, Willow Sage Hart and Jameson Moon Hart. In a recent Instagram post, the singer shared a series of photos and videos of her and her kids at a skateboarding park, and it was both impressive and heartwarming.
"Day two skate park progression! Kids are killing it!" she wrote in the caption. "Mamas a little squirrelly on concrete," she added. The carousel of photos and videos starts with a picture of her five-year-old son, Jameson, smiling at the camera with his skateboarding gear. The second slide is a clip of 11-year-old Willow making her way down a ramp while her mom shouts, "Yeah, Will!" in support. (Related: Pink Shared Her 'Spiritual Toolbox' for Dealing with Panic Attacks)
The rest of the slideshow features action photos and candid videos of her kids trying to nail down the sport. However, in the final slide, Pink shares a video of herself going down the ramps. While she impressively makes her way around the skateboard park, she laughs and notes that she's a little "squirrelly" in the video.
Pink and her husband, Carey Hart, appear to have made it a point to introduce the activity to their children at a young age. In 2017, Hart posted an Instagram video of a young Jameson being pushed on a skateboard when he was less than a year old. "Jameson getting in a skate session today," wrote Hart in the caption.
Along with being a fun activity, skateboarding boasts physical and mental benefits. A 2020 study of 5,000 individuals between the ages of 13 and 25 years old found that skateboarding can be good for mental health and building community. "Research shows that through skateboarding, skaters develop the ability to communicate and build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds," said Neftalie Williams, co-author and researcher of the study, in a blog post. The study also found that a majority of participants skateboard for fun and to relieve stress, pointing to mental health benefits.
Additionally, skateboarding helps teach perseverance, says Carolina Rey, a NASM-certified personal trainer and strength coach. "You have to overcome something scary to progress and you have to push yourself," adds Rey. "I've found that being able to overcome those fears has a positive impact on people."
The sense of community skaters experience from engaging in the activity is one of the many things that Jamie Osmak, a fellow skater and exercise physiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery, enjoys most about the activity. The physical benefits are also undeniable, he tells Shape. "It's a ton of stabilization in your lower extremities, but a lot of core [and] balance," he says. "You build a ton of coordination, timing, [and] lower extremity strength and explosiveness." The lower extremities involved include the quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves, says Rey. (Related: 8 Lower-Body Exercises for One of the Best Leg Workouts You Can Do)
If you're looking for a fun way to get active, take a page from Pink's book and give skateboarding a try. Just make sure you start slow if you're a beginner. "Avoid hills at first," recommends Osmak to novice skateboarders. "Maybe start in a tennis court where you can start on flat ground and get an idea of how well or not you can balance yourself," he adds. And don't forget to invest in some protective gear too!