Trampolining: Not just for kids!

Trampolining is not just for kids. There is an increase of indoor trampoline gyms as adults have started to explore this form of exercise or a weekend activity with the kids. NASA believes that “rebound exercise is the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man.” Some of the benefits of trampolining include:

Detoxifying and lymphatic drainage

Bouncing on a trampoline stimulates the free-flowing lymphatic drainage system, helping rid your body of toxins, trapped protein, bacteria, viruses and other cell waste. The acceleration, deceleration and gravity of jumping on a trampoline create the ideal conditions for cleansing waste materials from our cells.

Stress Relief

Trampolining can help combat depression, anxiety and stress by increasing the amount of endorphins released by the brain. Regular rebounding sessions can help you relax, promote better sleeping patterns and give your more energy. Exercising on a trampoline increases the circulation of oxygen around your body, making you more alert and improving mental performance.

Improved health

Bouncing on a trampoline regularly can help increase your body’s metabolic rate and its ability to burn calories more efficiently. As a result of the increased G-force felt when exercising on a trampoline, your cells become stronger and this sort of exercise helps boost the activity of immune cells keeping the body’s natural defences high and reducing the chance of getting sick.

Cardiovascular Fitness

A study carried out by NASA found that 10 minutes bouncing on a trampoline is a better cardiovascular workout than 33 minutes of running. The report said the “for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running.” Bouncing on a trampoline also stimulates the flow in a way that helps rid the body of toxins and waste.

Agility & Coordination

Bouncing on a trampoline increases awareness of your body and a sense of balance and coordination. You learn to control the coordination of the arms and legs while bouncing and to adjust the position of your body accordingly. Improved co-ordination and fine motor skills can assist in other sports that require a lot of hand-eye and general co-ordination. Gymnasts and acrobats also use trampolines to improve their co-ordination in aerial skills and tumbles.

Low Impact Exercise

Although trampolining provides an intense workout for the muscles and bones, the mat or pad absorbs 80 per cent of the shock from the rebound. Unlike jogging or playing tennis, trampolining provides your body with an all-round workout while reducing the risk of injury to your joints, especially in your ankles and knees. This is especially beneficial for people with less mobility or people undergoing rehabilitation.

Muscle Toning

Muscle tone and suppleness is improved and your body fat percentage is reduced by trampolining. Regular use of a trampoline can also help improve posture and general muscle health. John Beer, Olympic coach to the British trampolining team, says: “Your core-stability muscles are almost constantly engaged to keep you stable and balanced, meaning a tauter, stronger stomach and lower back.” He also agrees with NASA research that using a trampoline helps improve whole-body strength.

Improved Bone Density

Trampolining can help reduce the risk of bone conditions such as brittle bone disease, fractures and osteoporosis. Placing the musculoskeletal system under repeated slight stress while you jump allows your bones to become stronger to cope with the pressure of rebound. Bone mineral condition is also improved at the same time. The trampoline pad absorbs the majority of the impact, so your bones and joints are protected while you exercise.

Great for Bonding

Trampolining is also perfect for bonding with family and friends. It’s a fun activity where you can just simply bounce off within the fantasyland for free jumping and all that’s made possible when hard surfaces are replaced with circus-grade sponge and spring. You might even find yourselves chuckling after breaking into a sweat or two.

Entry into an indoor trampoline park such as BOUNCEinc usually cost around $12-17 per hour of various trampolining for general access and usually include hire of shoes or socks specific for trampolining. Otherwise, a purchase for a large 16ft backyard trampoline can cost up to $600, perfect for the family. Let’s start bouncing!