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.
In 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
Because 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.
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.