Think trampolining is an activity for kids and Olympic athletes? Then think again! Trampolining may look like a simple matter of just jumping up and down, but actually it’s a fantastic activity for overall health and happiness and everyone, regardless of age or physical ability can enjoy the benefits.
Here’s just a few of them:
1. It Burns Calories
Bouncing into the air is a close as you can get to feeling weightless and according to NASA, it can actually help you to weigh less because as a form of exercise, trampolining is 68% more effective than jogging!
2. It Works the Cardio
Your cardiovascular system is responsible for transporting oxygen and blood around your body to keep your heart, organs, brain, muscles and cells healthy but it needs to be exercised to do that efficiently.
Trampolining is a great form of cardio workout because it raises the heart rate and gets your lungs working to pump freshly oxygenated blood around your system, improving your overall fitness and energy levels and giving you a healthy, radiant glow.
3. It’s Low Impact
No matter how hard or how high you bounce, the stretchy mat of your trampoline will always give you a soft landing so you can exercise safely and take care of your health without putting any stress or strain on your joints.
4. It Improves Balance
With age, the ability to balance and protect yourself from trips and falls naturally declines, but trampolining forces you to control your body position and weight distribution to give your reflexes and coordination a real workout that improves your reaction speeds and balance.
5. It Boosts Muscle Strength
Jumping relies on major muscle groups in the legs, buttocks and stomach and by trampolining for just 30-minutes, two or three times a week, you can delay the natural wastage of muscle mass that occurs with age to stay strong, healthy and in great shape.
6. It Boosts Bone Strength
Bones, just like muscles, need to be worked and challenged to stay strong, and bouncing on a trampoline is a safe and effective way to take care of them.
As you jump, gentle pressure is applied to the bones which stimulates cell renewal. This restores bone density and helps prevent any decline in bone strength which is particularly important for women over the age of 50 who are the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis.
7. It’s Easy
Trampolining is one of the easiest forms of exercise that you can do. You don’t need any special clothing, equipment or training, although organised classes run at leisure centres across the UK if you want some support to learn advanced moves.
In recent years, leisure trampolines have become widely available and if you put one in your own backyard, you can avoid gym fees, class timetables and the world at large by simply stepping outside at the times that are convenient for you to enjoy all the benefits of bouncing.
8. It’s Pure Joy!
Exercise can sometimes seem like a real chore but trampolining makes it fun!
Bouncing up and down allows you to feel weightless and physically free and if you’re bold enough to experiment with athletic moves like straddle jumps, seat drops and even a somersault or two, you can get a real workout that feels more like joy than exercise.
With summer approaching there is no better time to start trampolining but if you plan on buying your own, look for those with padded frames and springs and enclosure nets that help to keep every bouncer in the family, safe.