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Trampolines and Depression

Trampolines aren't just for children, you know. Certainly, a trampoline provides endless enjoyment for children and adolescents, but careful observers may also note that the motion of the rebounding appears to be addictive.


In fact, it is. Adults and children alike can reap both the mental and physical benefits of rebounding on a trampoline and feel the addictive effects of the motion. However, unlike other habits, the feel-good effects of rebounding on a trampoline don't come with any negative side effects and bring a myriad of health benefits for the mind and body. Here's why:





Endorphines


Rebounding on a trampoline brings a sense of freedom to jumpers. Because there is an element of excitement and weightlessness that is unique to trampoline usage, the brain releases more endorphins than it would during other forms of exercise.


As the endorphins are released rapidly, they flow throughout the body. These substances act as the brain's natural painkillers and are known to be three times more powerful than morphine. In fact, endorphins resemble opiates in their ability to foster a feeling of wellness and make you feel energetic and fresh. When elevated levels of endorphins are present, moods are naturally lifted and the body experiences a decreased sensitivity to pain.


Adrenaline


The motion of bouncing on a trampoline also releases adrenaline, a natural substance that makes users get a natural high. Adrenaline stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and makes the body feel more alert and aware of surroundings. As a result, the heart beats faster and stronger and uses more oxygen. It stimulates the body's "fight or flight" response and gives the users a rush that is frequently not present in other sports or activities.


Serotonin


Additionally, regular exercise, like rebounding on a trampoline, releases serotonin from the brain, a natural substance that creates a sense of happiness and well-being. Serotonin helps regulate moods and aids in sleeping better, calming anxiety, and relieving depression and negative feelings. Low levels of serotonin are widely credited to be the cause of most mild to moderate cases of depression. Without serotonin naturally flowing through our bodies, we feel uneasy, fearful, worthless, insomniac, and lethargic.


Most people who suffer from the mental effects from depression also suffer from the physical side effects, including aches, pains, headaches, back pain, and digestive disorders. Nearly every major prescription that is prescribed for depression targets the production of serotonin. However, serotonin levels can be lifted naturally just by bouncing on a trampoline for a short amount of time each day.


Dopamine


As if that is not enough, rebounding on a trampoline releases dopamine, which makes people more cheerful and alert. It also plays a crucial role in learning and memory retention and is commonly used to help patients with Parkinson 's Disease. Similar to adrenaline, dopamine influences brain processes that control the body's movement, respond to outside stimulation, and create the ability to experience both plain and pleasure. It is a central component to the brain's reward system and provides feelings of pleasure, which then motivates people to intentionally perform certain activities.


Someone who has experienced an increase in dopamine from bouncing on a trampoline will be more motivated to continue using it in the future in order to enjoy similar effects. This reason alone will encourage trampoline users to continue rebounding, leading to an increase in mental and physical performance.


So how can your Vuly trampoline help your family become happier and healthier?


A Clear Mind


Trampolines can help children perform better in school. Dopamine is linked to learning and memory, so children who are struggling in their academic pursuits may comprehend their coursework better if they have just come off of the trampoline.


When the dopamine is still at a higher level, your child may be able to focus better and retain more information. The focus on and preservation of information is crucial for attaining better grades and aids your child into better academic success.


Positive Feelings


Because dopamine is also directly linked to the reward center in the brain, your child will be more likely to jump on the trampoline every night to maintain those positive feelings. His or her moods will be elevated whenever the jumping is completed, and will be less likely to object to doing homework. Additionally, there will be more motivation to do homework every night if they are regular jumpers.


Rebounding on a trampoline as a regular exercise plan helps your endorphins and feel-good hormones to be at a consistent rate and may fend off negative feelings. If mildly depressing thoughts are present, rebounding may be a crucial first step to combat them. This can be especially important for teenagers and adults who may be struggling with negative thoughts. Please always consult your GP to discuss the best course of action for your individual circumstances.


Great Sleep


Sleep deprivation is directly tied to weight gain, deep abdominal fat, mood changes, irritability, inability to focus, decreased productivity, and depression. However, substances that are released during rebounding, such as serotonin, foster feelings of satisfaction and lead to longer, deeper sleep. By rebounding regularly, you can give your body the gift of rest. A well-rested brain will be more alert, more stable, and more prepared to take on the next day's challenges.


Increased Fitness


As a low-impact exercise, rebounding on a trampoline is suitable for virtually any user and is an ideal exercise. There is no age when a trampoline becomes unsafe or unsuitable to the body. Our 8 foot trampolines can accommodate users that weigh up to 285 pounds, and our 10, 12, and 14 ft models can accommodate users that weigh up to 330 pounds.


Vuly is proud to supply quality trampolines and safety accessories for the whole family. Check out our extensive stock and rebound into balanced wellness today!


Note: As with any exercise program, please consult your physician to determine your ideal fitness routine. Vuly does not endorse the usage of exercise as a replacement for pharmaceuticals.
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17 June, 2011

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