Bouncing on a trampoline is fun, but it's also a way to get a serious workout. Known in sports circles as rebounding, jumping on a trampoline is a low-impact activity that helps relieve stress and anxiety, tone muscles and improve co-ordination. Consistent exercise performed on a trampoline will deliver consistent benefits.
Although trampolining provides an intense workout for the muscles and bones, the mat or pad absorbs 80 per cent of the shock from the rebound. Unlike jogging or playing tennis, trampolining provides your body with an all-round workout while reducing the risk of injury to your joints, especially in your ankles and knees. This is especially beneficial for people with less mobility or people undergoing rehabilitation. For safety, never permit children to play on your trampoline, however.
Trampolining can help reduce the risk of bone conditions such as brittle bone disease, fractures and osteoporosis. Placing the musculoskeletal system under repeated slight stress while you jump allows your bones to become stronger to cope with the pressure of rebound. Bone mineral condition is also improved at the same time.
Trampolining can help combat depression, anxiety and stress by increasing the amount of endorphins released by the brain. Regular rebounding sessions can help you relax, promote better sleeping patterns and give your more energy. Exercising on a trampoline increases the circulation of oxygen around your body, making you more alert and improving mental performance.
Muscle tone and suppleness is improved and your body fat percentage is reduced by trampolining. Regular use of a trampoline can also help improve posture and general muscle health. John Beer, Olympic coach to the British trampolining team, says that rebounding effectively targets the core muscles for improved stability, balance and strength. Begin by jumping just as you would on the floor, but avoid going to high. Simply concentrate on jumping straight up with total control, he advises.
Bouncing on a trampoline increases awareness of your body and a sense of balance and coordination. You learn to control the coordination of the arms and legs while bouncing and to adjust the position of your body accordingly. Improved coordination and fine motor skills can assist in other sports that require a lot of hand-eye and general coordination. Gymnasts and acrobats also use trampolines to improve their coordination in aerial skills and tumbles.
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