Getting more exercise into your life is important for staying healthy and fit. However, with the demands of modern life finding the time for a few hours in the gym or a 10km run can be hard.
And though you may think of trampolines as toys or simply a good way to wear the kids out before bed, they can offer you the fun and flexible work out that you need.
If you’re still not convinced, here are seven reasons why you should climb up onto the trampoline and get bouncing.
1. Its fun!
If you’ve been trying to put the hours in on the treadmill or at your local spin class, the idea of exercise being fun may be completely alien.
However, after your first few bounces on a trampoline, you’ll quickly realize that exercise can be so much fun; you don’t even notice that you’re doing it.
And the fact that it is an enjoyable way to pass the time means that you’re much more likely to keep it up.
Trampolining is a great form of exercise
2. Anyone can do it
From toddlers to grandparents, everyone can use a trampoline.
You can make it energetic or relaxing as you like and bounce as briefly or for as long as you want.
Though older people may find being on the trampoline at the same time as children a little bit more difficult, as long as everyone has their space and enough room to jump around there shouldn’t be any problems.
3. It’s more effective than jogging
You may think that because trampolining is fun and because even kids can get involved it’s not a real form of exercise.
However studies have shown that a good session of bouncing can be just as effective, if not more so, than conventional exercise. In fact, a 2006 NASA research project showed that trampolining was up to 70% more effective than jogging for the same amount of time.
4. Its low impact
Unlike running, trampolining is very low impact, putting less pressure and strain on your joints and muscles.
And not only does it put less strain on your joints, jumping can actually help to build and strengthen your body so you’re less likely to become injured in the future.
5. It works your entire body
Like swimming, trampolining works your entire body from head to toe, so nothing gets left behind in the quest to become more fit and healthy.
Every time you bounce you’re fighting against gravity so every muscle works to lift you off of the ground.
Jumping is especially good for working the muscles of your abdomen and back as well as your general core strength.
6. It improves your balance
Regular trampolining sessions provides great exercise and will not only give you a great workout, they’ll also help to improve your spatial awareness and balance.
As your whole body has to work together to get you off of the ground and to perform any exercises, your brain will be trained to know exactly what every limb is doing and when.
Having a trampoline in your garden makes it much more likely that you’ll use it
7. it’s easy to access
Although there are plenty of trampoline clubs that you can join, if you’ve got a garden then why not get one of your very own?
Having the trampoline in the garden makes it incredibly easy to reach, so there’s not excuse not to do a bit of bouncing when you get home from work.
If you’re looking for a fun, affordable and effective form of exercise, trampolining could well be for you. So slip off those shoes, learn a few tricks and get bouncing.