Trampolines don’t just provide hours of entertainment for children! In fact, trampolining can have remarkable health benefits for the whole family. According to a NASA research report, trampolining is almost 70 per cent more effective than other forms of rigorous cardiovascular exercise – such as jogging or running.
As both a low-impact and high-intensity exercise, trampolining can provide an excellent cardiovascular workout and support healthy weight loss. With a variety of fun trampoline exercises for adults, there are plenty of compelling reasons to integrate trampolining into your fitness routine, including:
If you’re looking to include trampolining into your regular fitness regime, there are some easy workouts to get you started:
1. Simple bouncing
In this traditional trampoline stance, arms and knees are bent slightly while you bounce up and down. This simple movement will effectively burn calories, loosen joints and ligaments, warm-up your body, and prepare you for a high-intensity workout.
Lightly bouncing on the spot also offers an excellent method to cool-down after your workout is complete. Test your fitness by bouncing on the spot for a 2-minute period. How many times can you bounce up and down? Check your results after a month, to see how your speed and agility has improved!
2. Star bouncing
The star jump has traditionally been used in gymnastics or aerobics training – but it's much more fun on a trampoline! Star jumps on a trampoline will develop cardiovascular fitness, endurance and coordination. Aim for 30-60 second sets, with short breaks in between.
Start with your feet together and arms at your side. Jump high in the air, separating your legs and lift your arms up to create the star position at the top of each bounce. Land in the same position as your starting point.
3. Side-to-side bouncing
This move seems simple enough, but will challenge your focus and concentration! Keep your feet together as you hop from left to right. Repetitively jump side-to-side, and even front-to-back, with your feet together, landing and taking off at the same time.
Jumping side-to-side will improve your coordination, and provide gentle toning and conditioning throughout core muscle groups. Try to complete as many sets as possible in 30-60 seconds, before having a short rest and starting again.
4. Jog bouncing
The jumping jog provides the calorie burning effect of jogging, without the high impact stress on your knees and joints. Start off with a few bounces to gain some momentum, then start to simulate a jog by landing on alternative feet.
Remember to lift your knees as high as you can and challenge yourself to complete a 1-minute interval (depending on your fitness level.) Gradually increase the duration of each interval, to achieve a high-intensity cardiovascular workout.
5. High-knee bouncing
Begin with a couple of traditional trampoline bounces to gain momentum. Then, as you bounce higher, bring your knees to your chest at the top of the bounce. You can also alternate knees.
The higher you bounce, the more energy your body will use (and the more calories you will burn). Tuck your knees under your trunk for a more intensified core workout, that will also build stability and strength.
These trampoline exercises for adults can aid in weight loss, build endurance and prevent lifestyle related disease, such as diabetes or obesity. As with all outdoor activities, it’s important to remember a few handy pointers:
We hope you find these trampoline exercises for weight loss and fitness practical and useful! View our trampoline models that are perfect for exercising today.
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