Trampolines are not just for children, they provide a great form of exercise for adults too. And with the summer just around the corner, it’s time to get bouncing. Read on for 9 reasons why you should pack in your gym membership and get a trampoline instead:
1. If it’s good enough for NASA…
NASA use Trampolining as a form of exercise to prepare their astronauts. NASA state that a ten minute Trampolining session provides the same benefits of a thirty minute run, and is also nearly 70% more effective. The NASA 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.”
2. Build Muscle Strength and Tone
Trampolining is great for building muscle strength. With every jump on the trampoline, your legs will experience a stretch-shortening cycle to catch your landing and propel you back in the air. As your muscles must contract more often than with most other exercises, in turn their endurance is increased. But you don’t need to stop at the legs, as you become more confident on the trampoline, you can learn tricks and exercises that will build muscle groups all over your body. 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.”
3. Save Money
After the initial cost of a trampoline (and a little bit on maintenance), a trampoline is a completely free form of activity. 30 minutes of exercise on the trampoline every day costs nothing, and you don’t even need to leave your back garden!
4. Burn Calories
Trampolining is a cardiovascular exercise – that means it burns calories. On average, an adult weighing around 150lbs can burn around 250 calories for each hour of trampolining.
Just 10 minutes on a trampoline each day will get your heart-rate up and you will start burning calories and losing weight.
5. Exercise Outdoors
Why spend hours cooped up in a hot gym during the summer, when you could be getting your exercise outside? Trampolining will get you outdoors – which provides many healthy living benefits in itself including;
– Increased levels of vitamin D. Amongst other things, Vitamin D is important for maintaining a healthy immune system
– Escape from your everyday life – forget about the phone, work, to do lists and just enjoy being outdoors
– Going outdoors has therapeutic effects that increase your energy levels
6. Cheer Up!
Exercise releases endorphins and neurotransmitters in the brain, which have feel-good effects. Not only does it make you feel good, but it also reduces chemicals in the immune system that make you feel depressed.
7. Good For the Cells
Throughout our everyday lives, unwanted chemicals and toxins build up in our cells. Trampolining plays a part in removing these chemicals and toxins as the G Force your body experiences whilst Trampolining helps drive the toxins out.
8. Have Fun With Your Children
The trampoline is the perfect place to socialize with your children. Chat to them whilst you’re bouncing, or play games.
9. Go easy on your bones
Trampolining is a low impact activity, meaning that it is much kinder on your bones and joins. The trampoline mat absorbs 80 per cent of the shock from the rebound, making it ideal for people who find jogging or aerobics too strenuous on their knees or for people with joint problems.
Trampolines are widely available online in a variety of sizes, including 8ft trampolines for smaller gardens, or 15ft trampolines for teenagers or adults and larger gardens.t for children, they provide a great form of exercise for adults too. And with the summer just around the corner, it’s time to get bouncing.