Trampolines are Great Exercise

Growing up many children are exposed to trampolines as part of elementary school PE classes or in their friend’s backyards. If they are really lucky, their parents invest in a trampoline and they become the most popular kids in the neighborhood. The feeling of “nearly flying” is incredible and many adults remember fondly their times spent jumping on a trampoline. What they don’t necessarily realize, is that trampolining is a great form of exercise.

trampoline workoutIn recent years much of the publicity about trampolines cites the risks of accidents and injuries, which are possible with any form of exercise or childhood play. What these reports neglect is the research data proving the efficacy of trampoline exercise. The Journal of Applied Physiology published a report by NASA scientists that concluded that jumping on a trampoline is better than running with regards to oxygen consumption, heart rate, and “the magnitude of the bio-mechanical stimuli.”

Who wouldn’t want an exercise that is 68% more efficient than running — and much more fun. Studies prove that 10 minutes on a trampoline is equal to 33 minutes of running. Best of all, there is much less joint and bone stress a trampolining is a low impact exercise.

Benefits of Trampoline Exercise

There are numerous health and physical benefits to exercising on a trampoline, whether it is a full sized backyard or gym model or a mini trampoline in the home or office.

As an aerobic workout, trampolining has been found to accomplish the following:

– improve cardiovascular efficiency
– boost metabolic rate to burn more fat
– tone the stomach, legs, and back
– strengthen core stability muscles
– boost immune system
– improve overall fitness

stretching warm upBecause the trampoline is a rebound exercise, 80 percent of the shock is absorbed by the equipment making it trampolining the ultimate low-impact workout. This reduces the risk of injury and can strengthen bones and improve bone density. Regular workouts can also reduce the risks for osteoporosis and brittle bone disease.

Other Benefits

As with any regular exercise, there are psychological benefits to a trampoline workout. Exercise produces endorphins which improve mood, creating that “runner’s high” as well as reducing depression, anxiety and stress in the short-term. With regular use, a trampoline can improve overall mental health as well as boosting self-confidence. In addition to increasing energy levels, rebound exercise can facilitate better sleep and, therefore, lead to better memory, focus and attention levels.

As with any other exercise regime, it is important to check with a primary physician before starting a regular trampolining program. As long as individuals, or parents, seek that advice and are aware of safety concerns, there is no reason to ignore the benefits, and fun, to be had by exercising on a trampoline. Many of the greats use trampolines to exercise. They included movie stars and sport stars like Scott Tucker.

Great Fitness Tips

If you want to have a strong healthy core, it is important to combine your abdominal workout exercises with a healthy diet. Here I would like to address the ways you can enhance your metabolism efficiently and proactively.

How to Burn Excess Fat

Starting with a rigorous exercise is beneficial. It burns calories, boosts your energy and metabolism. But let’s go beyond the obvious – beyond the things you’ve heard a million times. What are other areas of your life you can focus on to aid in your weight loss?

Catch Enough Zz’s… But Not Too Much

Health professionals recommend 8 hours of sleep per night. Too much or too little sleep will affect your metabolism – and lower your energy level, what will impede your drive to exercise and be active.

stress freeAddress the Stress

If you tend to put off your abdominal workout exercises and nervously snack, losing weight can be a huge challenge. Studies have shown a link between stress and increased fat storage in the abdominal area. Cortisol, a steroid hormone that initiates fat storage, is released during periods of prolonged stress. You need to find ways to lower your stress level during the day. Many people find benefits in meditating, taking regular walks, or reading.

Vitamin C

In addition to managing your stress on a daily basis, you can also control cortisol secretions with proper doses of vitamin C. Get a healthy intake of foods like red or green bell peppers, guava, brussels sprouts, kiwi, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and of course oranges.

Start On Soy

Apparently soy promotes weight loss more than dairy milk does. Just avoid products made with isolated soy protein.

healthy omegasOmega-3 Fatty Acids

Found in salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts, Omega-3 oils have numerous health benefits. Studies show that these oils increase metabolism, reduce inflammation, and boost heart health.

The Most Important Tip Of All

DON’T starve yourself. You need to eat for good physical and mental health. Dieting is all about finding a healthy balance and lifestyle for lifelong results.

A Few Benefits Of Aerobic Exercise

Many people think that strength training is all you need to do, and that belief is being reinforced by cultural memes that focus on muscular physiques to look strong and healthy. The thing is, you are going to be losing out on many health benefits that will only come as a result of aerobic exercise.

Considered to be probably the most important aspect of fitness as a whole by a majority of fitness professionals, aerobics has naturally been a key part of living life itself since the dawn of mankind.

Much research has been put into this field and the conclusions show that those who regularly train for extended periods will have longer lives, will be more capable of working harder, and will massively reduce their risk of coronary arterial disease, many types of cancer and diabetes.

aerobics runningAerobic fitness can be seen as the body’s capability to best use the muscular and cardiovascular system to generate the required energy for sustained effort that is needed when using your biggest muscles for a long workout session.

To be considered aerobically fit, you’ve got to be able to maintain at least 30 minutes of non-stop activity like running, swimming, cycling or climbing at a rate that makes your heart work a minimum of 3 days a week.

If you are relatively new to having an exercise regime, it is going to be in your best interests to begin slowly and increase the intensity and length of your sessions slowly over time. Starting exercise should only be done for 10 to 15 minutes at a low to moderate intensity. You can still do it at least 3 times a week, but it’s really important not to push yourself too much because too much too quickly can result in a minor strain or injury which easily make you think you shouldn’t have bothered trying!

aerobic cyclingThere are many benefits to performing regular exercise, some of which you may never have considered. You probably know about the physical benefits such as strengthening your heart and lungs, reducing your chance of suffering from type 2 diabetes, huge reductions in the level of LDL (the bad one!) cholesterol in your blood… not to mention experiencing a massive boost to your immune system and thus being better able to fight off infections like flu and colds.

What you generally don’t hear about so much are the mental benefits you will experience as a result of regular aerobic training. Psychological studies have shown that working on cardiovascular training can increase your emotional stability, your personal confidence, the sharpness of your memory and your overall brain function in other areas like analytic thinking and decision making.

Remember, research has shown that even short, regular sessions throughout the day… grabbing 5 minutes walking up 10 flights of stairs… or speed walking 10 minutes to get to an appointment on time… do have cumulative benefits and is still much, much better for your health than taking the elevator or catching a taxi!