The Benefits of Bounce
A study carried out by NASA found that 10 minutes jumping on a trampoline is a better cardiovascular workout than 33 minutes of running. Jumping around promotes exercise as play and can help to improve coordination and motor skills by challenging jumpers to stay balanced and develop new skills Trampoline exercise strengthens your whole body inside and out, including cells in the liver, kidneys, bladder, heart and lungs.
Trampolining can absorb up to 80% of the shock on your joints while exercising! You can enjoy the benefits of exercising the muscles while protecting the joints.
Trampoline exercise is strenuous and the repetition of the jump action puts the bones under repeated slight stress; this helps your musculoskeletal system build up and improves bone mineral content. Each landing from a jump is equivalent to twice the force of gravity: the strength this allows you to develop over time helps to prevent brittle bone disease or osteoporosis. Because the trampoline pad is bouncy and soaks up a large proportion of the impact of your landing, your bones and joints are protected whilst being strengthened.
“Exercise can be helpful in building and maintaining strong bones. Exercise that forces you to work against gravity – so called weight-bearing exercises such as walking or jogging [and rebounding] are beneficial …If you are at risk for osteoporosis, your doctor will most likely include exercise as part of your overall treatment program.”
Not only does improved circulation pump clean oxygen into your brain, making you feel more alert, but also the physical activity you perform whilst trampolining will make you feel happier, more positive, and even more self-confident. Endorphins, the positive mood-enhancing natural chemicals released by all exercise including jogging, cycling and even sex are triggered by trampolining; but, added to this, the sheer fun factor of jumping up and down will make you smile, make you laugh, make you feel really happy. It’s unavoidable: it’s hard to feel blue when you’re bouncing, especially in the fresh air.
Trampoline exercise has been proven to increase your metabolic rate, helping your body to process nutrients more efficiently. This helps to you keep your weight down.
Coordination and Motor skills
One of David Beckham’s training session targets would have been to help develop his ball control skills. Similarly, the NASA trainee astronauts need to learn to perform skilful activities whilst unsupported by gravity. Trampoline exercise is a great way to develop the skills that allow you to undertake a number of items requiring concentration at the same time: bouncing, balancing, maintaining the body’s position, and anticipating the next action. This is proven to have a positive impact on bilateral motor skills, as well as allowing trampolinists to control different muscles and limbs at the same time as one another.