It can be hard to find time to exercise, and it can be even harder to find a workout that you actually enjoy. It IS possible to make exercise easy and fun... by simply jumping on a trampoline!
Remember how great it was to bounce around on a trampoline as a kid? It was so much fun, in fact, that you probably didn’t even realise the workout that you were getting during this 'exercise'. Just because you’re an adult now, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have the same amount of fun and get the workout you crave by getting back on a trampoline.
It may sound too good to be true, but the health benefits of jumping on a trampoline are no myth. A recent study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that a 20-minute trampoline workout routine burns as many calories as running 10 km/h for the same amount of time. NASA’s Journal of Applied Physiology backs this up, showing that rebound exercise is 68% more efficient than jogging.
So, why are trampolines such a great form of exercise? Here are 5 reasons why you should get bouncing as part of your regular workout routine!
The biggest pro of trampolining is that it's is easy to do, while also giving you an excellent workout.
Jumping on a trampoline is considered a moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise that results in the same physical effects as playing sport (like basketball or football), biking or running at a relatively fast pace. However, when people rated how exerted they felt in the recent ACE study, their scores were consistent with light-to-moderate intensity exercise. This proves that the workout gained from bouncing on a trampoline feels a lot easier than it should!
Not only does it feel like less effort, but it's also super easy to get started. No special equipment, preparation or instructors needed for your trampoline workout. Just pop onto your trampoline and start bouncing – it really is that easy! To take your workout to the next level, you could even try out some techniques specifically tailored to trampolines.
Running is one of the most popular ways to exercise, but it can be hard on your joints and lead to orthopaedic injuries. While trampolining involves very similar motions to running, the trampoline itself actually absorbs some of the shock – resulting in less impact on your knees, feet, hips and spine.
With less pressure on your joints, you can exercise for a longer period of time. Trampolines can even be beneficial for joints, with specific trampoline exercises often used to help with knee injury rehabilitation.
Jumping on a trampoline exercises the whole body, and the g-force that bouncing produces helps to build muscle and burn fat quickly. This firms up every part of your body – including legs, thighs, arms, hips and stomach. It also has the added benefit of improving agility and balance!
For the most effective weight loss results, try bouncing for 15 to 20 minutes at moderate intensity, three times per week. For the best results, as with any form of exercise, you should also pair this with a healthy diet.
Jumping repeatedly will put your bones under a small amount of stress, and that’s exactly what they need to build up their mineral content. These minerals helps to increase the density of your bones and lowers your risk of health conditions later in life, such as osteoporosis.
Bouncing on a trampoline also helps to build your core muscles, which leads to improved posture and balance. It's particularly great for strengthening the muscles in your legs! Because your legs are working hard to push your whole body upwards, it causes the muscles in them to contract more often compared to many other types of exercise.
What other workout lets you have as much fun as bouncing? Don't undervalue the importance of finding a workout that you enjoy. The more fun that you have during exercise, the more you'll want to do it (and the sooner you'll reach your fitness goals).
The buoyant feeling of repetitive bouncing will also lift your mood and enhance your energy levels at the same time. If you're thinking about enjoying yourself rather than working hard, you may find that you're having such a good time that you scarcely realise you’re working out!
The act of bouncing also boosts your energy levels by causing more oxygen to flow around your body. Extra oxygen to your brain can even improve mental alertness.
Want to learn more about how to get fit by bouncing on a Vuly trampoline? Take a look at some of our trampoline workouts below, and get inspired to add some bounce to your workout routine!
If you don’t yet have a trampoline, but you’d like to invest in one for exercise, view the range of premium Vuly trampolines, or call us on 1300 667 514 to find out more.