Most of today’s most common medical conditions, at least in the Western world, are chronic lifestyle diseases related to lifestyle. These include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke and even some forms of depression. Sports medicine aims to reduce the cases of these illnesses through active living and—you guessed it—safe sport.
Your trampoline is just one of the useful tools in your preventative fitness arsenal that can help to prevent these medical conditions from affecting you and your family. We’ve spoken before about all sorts of health and wellbeing benefits that stem from trampolining, but today—since being endorsed by one of Canada’s top sports medicine doctors—we want to look at just why bouncing is such a great and safe component of sports medicine.
Of all the lifestyle-improving activities for your kids, the best kind is the one that they’ll actually do—especially without your having to ask them. This is where your trampoline comes in! You can encourage bouncing every day, without even telling them that what they’re doing is ‘exercise’.
This type of fun physical activity can be especially useful for kids who are averse to team sport or prefer sedentary activities, like reading. Suggest that they take their book or iPad outside to read after a 15 minute bounce. As we all move towards much more inactive lifestyles, every bit of activity that we can make exciting is important for little bodies.
Bouncing on a trampoline is more physically demanding than most people think. Your body has to work hard to balance, jump and land itself. You don’t work up a sweat for nothing! There are a number of additional exercises that you can also do, while on the trampoline, to boost its effectiveness as a high-intensity activity.
This ‘work’ (if you could even call it work!) that your body undertakes while bouncing causes you to breathe more, your heart to pump blood harder and the body to burn excess energy. When you and the kids have spent the whole day sitting at the office or at school, an increase in your heart rate and oxygen flow around your body is exactly what the sports doctor ordered.
Last week, we talked about the role of trampolines in protecting you from diabetes, which is the focus of tomorrow’s World Health Day. Not only can staying active on your trampoline stave off type-2 diabetes for every member of your family, its aforementioned effects on heart rate, blood flow and fat burning can also help to negate obesity and heart disease—which millions of Australians are diagnosed with every year.
Not only that, the rush of positive hormones and compounds—like adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin—can elevate mood, calm nerves and increase overall feelings of happiness. While it can’t cure clinical depression, we think that a little less anxiety and negative emotions would benefit all of us.
Do you encourage your family to use the trampoline to stay on top of preventable diseases? Let us know how staying active has improved your life!