Hi! As some of you may know, one thing I continually mention on my site is the importance of having fun while exercising.
I stress this because if you’re having fun you’ll be more inclined to repeat the activity. It also makes the time go faster so what you’re doing doesn’t feel like a grind.
One of the best ways to have fun and get some exercise at the same time is using a trampoline. So today I thought I’d go over benefits of using the min trampoline and exercises you can do on it. Actually, the information I’ll be sharing can be used on a large trampoline as well.
First, I’d like to go over some awesome health benefits of the trampoline and then discuss some exercise movements. You may also hear the term rebounding when people talk about the trampoline. It’s basically the same thing as jumping on a trampoline.
1. Cardiovascular – Research has shown that 30 minutes on a trampoline can burn the same amount of calories as 30 minutes of jogging.
2. Lymphatic System – Your lymphatic system helps cleanse toxins from your body.
However, your lymph system relies on body movement for it to move. Rebounding has been found to increase lymph movement by as much as 15 times.
3. Immune System – Since your lymph system carries a lot of white blood cells, your immune system becomes stronger.
4. Cellulite – Your thyroid gland gets stimulated helping your body get rid of stored fat like cellulite.
5. Skeletal System – The G force involved can help strengthen bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
6. Flexibility – Joints, tendons, and ligaments also get stronger which helps improve your flexibility. There’s also less impact on your feet and ankles than running.
7. Cellular Energy – Since an increase in oxygen is circulated throughout your body, your cells become more energized.
8. Balance – By doing certain moves on a trampoline you can work on improving your balance.
9. Cancer – Some studies have suggested that rebounding may reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Below are some common exercises you can do on a trampoline.
1. Run In Place – Run in place with either a jog or sprint to get your heart and lungs going even faster.
2. One Legged Jump – Alternate jumping on one leg to work on balance.
3. Jumping Jacks – Simply do jumping jacks while on the trampoline.
4. Torso Twist – While jumping up alternate turning your torso to the left and right.
5. Knee Squat – Most of this is actually done off the trampoline. Place the instep of one foot on the edge of the trampoline. Extend the opposite leg out as far as you can from the trampoline with your foot on the ground.
Lower yourself downward as far as you can or until the knee of the leg touching the trampoline touches the ground. Then repeat the process with the other leg.
6. Elevated Push-up – Place the top of both feet on the edge of the trampoline. Place your hands on the ground and do push-ups.
Please see the video below for more exercises you can do on the trampoline.
The company Defy Gravity did a terrific article on rebounding you can see here. One last thing I’d like to mention is safety. Please make sure you don’t jump too high while using the trampoline to keep good body control. If you have a large trampoline, you may want to consider putting a safety net around it.
If you’d like to share your experiences with a trampoline please let us know in the comments. Or, if you have a general comment or question just let me know and I will get back to you. Thanks for reading and happy jumping!
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