It’s okay; we all are. Every adult who has ever watched their happy children bouncing gleefully on a trampoline has felt a twinge of envy. Remember the freedom of jumping into the air and free-falling onto the safety of a springy trampoline mat? Man, that was the best. If only adults could jump on a trampoline instead of obsessing over our bodies, spending hours at the gym doing miserable reps. Wait a minute, we can replace the misery of the gym with the joy of bouncing!
What you might not know is that jumping on a trampoline (also referred to as rebounding) is an excellent way to promote overall health. From cardio to bone density improvement, there is almost nothing that this exercise cannot do. This is the workout of your dreams!
Great Cardio Exercise (just ask NASA!)
The mere thought of running on a treadmill is enough to bore anyone. We know that running is a great cardio workout, but is it the best cardio workout? The brilliant scientists at NASA (as in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration!) apparently had that same question. More than 30 years ago, these great minds did an experiment to compare the health benefits of running on a treadmill with the health benefits of a jumping on a trampoline. The indisputable result was that jumping on a trampoline was far more beneficial to the entire body. The body as a whole is completely involved on a trampoline, engaging many different muscles groups and systems.
Vigorous exercise usually means a lot of jolting and jarring of the joints; it is just the nature of the beast. Unless the workout is performed on a trampoline! All movement on a trampoline is performed on a flexible surface, eliminating the abrupt stop of a solid surface. Most of the impact of trampoline exercise is absorbed by the springs of the apparatus, not by the joints of the user, making it ideal for almost every person of any fitness level.
All of the muscle groups used for stabilizing the body are engaged when jumping on a trampoline. It is great for strengthening the lower body and core, with the added benefit of strengthening pelvic floor muscles. When these muscles are tightened during bouncing, you will (over time) gain better control. All of those moms out there will be so grateful they did rebound strengthening to avoid bladder leakage the next time they sneeze!
Being uncoordinated can be pretty embarrassing! Some people are naturally graceful and fluid in their movements, but the rest of us feel like everyone is watching while we clumsily lumber around. The good news is that coordination and spatial awareness can be learned! This is yet another benefit of rebounding; jumping on a trampoline helps practice these concepts for both children and adults.
Builds Strong Bones
Putting stress on bones is the way they become stronger. Jumping on a trampoline does just that without over-stressing joints. Again, the amazing scientists at NASA have learned that after experiencing a period of weightlessness in space, astronauts need to rebuild their bone density and do so by rebounding. Imagine a bunch of space men jumping on a trampoline! Now, if NASA can figure out how to put a man on the moon, they certainly can figure out how to reverse the effects of osteoporosis!
Improves General Health
We have all heard of lymph nodes and the lymphatic system, but what does that have to do with rebounding? Well, a lot! The lymphatic system is what rids our bodies of toxins and delivers white blood cells. Without its own pump, this system needs exercise to get lymph fluids flowing, thus cleaning waste out of our blood. It facilitates the immune system, and jumping helps pump that vital lymph fluid through the body so that it can do its job. It is a natural way to detoxify.
Smart People Jump
Well, for many different reasons. Studies have linked physical exercise to improved intelligence. Rebounding adds to that by improving spatial awareness, which engages more of the brain than many other exercises. It is also smart to exercise at all, and even smarter to do it in a fun way!
Seriously, is there any reason not to jump on a trampoline? Because it improves stability, bone density, immunity, and intelligence in a FUN, low-impact cardio workout, rebounding is the best choice you can make for you overall health. Bounce with the kids or on your own and just soak in the child-like joy of jumping!
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