Most people think of bouncing on a trampoline as something only little kids do, but the fact of the matter is that this can be a great exercise for adults as well who are looking to improve their health in a number of areas. In fact, trampolining can be one of the most full spectrum workouts that you’re likely to get, addressing a number of different body systems and doing so in a fun, exciting way. Here are just a few of the amazing ways that you get health benefits from trampolining.
Balance and Coordination – Perhaps the most naturally gained benefit to jumping on a trampoline is the increased balance and coordination that you start to pick up. The more bouncing you do, the more you get a sense of your body and the small ways that you have to move it to adjust to rapidly shifting terrains.
This will help you in just walking down the street, limit how often you trip or stumble, and improve the way that you carry yourself. In a related fashion, you also learn how your arms and upper body affect your lower body and vice versa, gaining a better intuitive sense of how to move in order to accomplish the things you want to do. With proper supervision and guidance, and with doctor approval, trampolining can be great training for the elderly to reduce the risk of falls.
Bilateral Motor Skills – Most sports that you’re likely to engage in favor one side or another of your body. This is especially true in ones that involve throwing in some respect, but kicking, punching, or carrying will naturally lend themselves to using the dominant side of your body more than the other side. This leads to uneven distribution of exercise and can cause problems later. Trampolining, on the other hand, uses both sides of your body equally, causing an even distribution of force throughout the workout which keeps every part of your body improving at the same rate.
Bone Density – Trampolining is often recommended for people with brittle bones or early stages of osteoperosis because of the nature of the workout. While it’s a generally low-impact approach to exercise, not requiring a whole lot of stress on the part of the person partaking in it, the act of bouncing puts tiny amounts of pressure on the bones with every landing. That little bit of pressure adds up, signally the body to re-enforce the bones with additional calcium and make them stronger. Trampolining is one of the best ways to do this without risking further injury.
Lymphatic Circulation – Much of the human body is filled with liquid of various types. While the circulatory system has the heart to keep everything moving, other liquid systems like the lymphatic don’t have a dedicated muscle to keep things flowing along. Instead, they rely on the movement of the body to maintain flow. In the case of the lymphatic system, bouncing increases circulation not only by getting the body in motion, but the brief moments of weighlessness followed by similarly brief moments of increased gravity cause the liquid in your lymph nodes to keep moving, clearing toxins and harmful elements from your body.
Self-Confidence and Stress Relief – Not everybody is good at team sports or competitive activities, but it’s fairly easy to not only get good at trampolining, but become quite the pro in very little time. Not all health is physical, and the confidence boost that you could get from a few minutes a day on a trampoline can translate to other aspects of your life. The physical activity is also great at getting endorphins and other beneficial chemicals circulating in your brain, reducing stress and increasing an overall sense of well bring with the world.
Cardiovascular Fitness – Trampolining is a great activity for the heart. Not only does it get that particular muscle pumping, but it doesn’t carry the same risk to other parts of the body as running or other forms of cardio. Moreover, even though many exercises will build muscle, cardio is the type of activity that burns fat. While bouncing on a trampoline you’re actually doing both at once, so you’ll not just lose inches, you’ll be simultaneously replacing then with tone.
Perhaps best of all, trampolining is fun so you’re much more likely to do it than you would other forms of exercise that aren’t nearly as exciting. The feeling of flying, the association with play, and the unstructured approach to exercise means that you can keep coming back again and again, each time walking away healthier than when you first arrived.