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The anatomy of bouncing: What happens to your body on a trampoline.

We've spoken many times on why bouncing on a trampoline is great for your health, but have you ever stopped to think about what’s happening to your body when you hit your Vuly for a jump session?

Today, we zone in on exactly what goes on when you partake in this fantastic form of aerobic exercise. Just how does bouncing manage to improve your heart health, boost brain function and encourage weight loss – all while still being such fun! We'll tell you!

The anatomy of bouncing – What is aerobic exercise?

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Bouncing falls under the ‘aerobic exercise’ banner, a general term which describes any exercise that requires energy from your muscle cells and that uses oxygen to get that energy. Unlike anaerobic exercise, aerobic exercise involves a series of internal reactions, where oxygen is a necessity. Aerobic exercise is less intense, but lasts longer – allowing the body to efficiently supply oxygen to the muscles for the duration of your workout.

Put simply, moderate aerobic exercise, like bouncing, is great for your body. Not only is aerobic exercise linked to disease prevention, but it keeps our hearts and minds healthy, increases weight loss and helps us sleep better.

When combined with the flexible and supportive surface of your Vuly trampoline, the health benefits can skyrocket. Think improved leg strength, increaseed coordination and motor skills and better balance and core strength – all with reduced strain on joints.

The anatomy of bouncing – The chain reaction

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When you engage in bouncing, your body must provide fuel for your muscles to keep them working efficiently.

A series of reactions take place inside your cells, which use – in part – your stores of carbohydrates and fat as forms of energy (hello weight loss!):

  • Your muscles tap into your stores of glucose and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to kickstart your workout. Because your body must create ATP using oxygen, your breath-rate goes up to increase the amount of oxygen filtering through your body.
  • During this process, your lungs also get in on the action – making your breathing even heavier to further increase the amount of oxygen that you’re taking in.
  • Your heart-rate rises to supply more oxygen-filled blood to your muscles. The fitter you are, the easier that this process is.
  • While your body is focusing on getting oxygen to the muscles, it slows down other unnecessary functions, i.e. digestion in the stomach.
  • Your brain sparks up, becoming more focused and alert. It also recognises the exercise as a form of stress, and releases a number of chemicals in response. These include endorphins and serotonin, responsible for giving you that natural buzz at the end of your workout.
  • Your core temperature rises, resulting in the dilation of the blood vessels in the skin allowing you to cool down more quickly.

 

How do you feel during and after some aerobic bouncing on your Vuly trampoline? Let us know about the changes that you’ve noticed in your body after making moderate aerobic exercise a habit!

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04 November, 2016

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