Trampolines are popular with kids, but not so much with parents. Numerous reports and studies show how dangerous they can be. Additionally, there are statistics to prove all this.
However, trampolines are not entirely bad.
Just like any other physical activity, there are benefits just as there are risks. It is safe to say that the benefits outweigh the risks. Besides, trampoline injuries can be prevented.
Here is what jumping on a trampoline can do to you.
a. Trampoline Jumping Enhances Bone Density/Bone Mineral Density
Trampolining is good for your bones. As you age, your bone mineral density (BMD) deteriorates. This means that your bones become weaker. The bone mineral density is a measure of how much bone mineral you have in your bone tissue.
Having a low bone density puts you at high risk of getting osteopenia or worse still, osteoporosis. Someone with brittle bones is prone to fractures; you can break a bone doing pretty much anything. The older you get, the more likely you are to have issues like these. While there is nothing you can do about some of the risk factors (family history, age, frame size, etc.), you can exercise to strengthen your bones and reduce the risk.
Jumping on a trampoline is a rebounding exercise. As you jump up and down, your bones get stressed and strengthened in the process. It also facilitates the rebuilding of bones. In as much as jumping and running may be effective too, rebounding on a trampoline is a low impact exercise and much more forgiving—even to people who have already developed osteopenia. Make sure you talk to your doctor first.
b. Trampoline Jumping Boosts Your Immune System
As you have seen above, rebounding helps the lymphatic system carry out its functions efficiently. One of those functions is the transportation of white blood cells. These cells are responsible for fighting off diseases and infections.
Jumping on a trampoline, even for ten minutes, increases the number of white blood cells. It also helps the lymphatic system transport the cells throughout the body, consequently strengthening your immune system.
The more time you spent on your trampoline, the less likely you are to get diseases. Because of its effectiveness in boosting the immune system and facilitating the removal of toxins, rebounding can greatly reduce the chances of tumors growing.
c. Trampoline Jumping Leads to Weight Loss
People barely consider trampolining when they want to lose weight. That exercise that seems effortless actually burns calories.
You can lose weight by:
- Eating fewer calories.
- Doing an exercise that firms your muscles.
- Performing cardio exercises.
It has been proven that rebounding will help you with the last two. In jumping, each muscle of your body is involved. The most used muscles include those in the hips, arms, abdomen, thighs and legs. These parts burn so many calories and become firm in the process.
Jumping on a trampoline raises your metabolic rate significantly. Even better, the rate remains high for a day after you stop trampolining. This is why it is considered highly efficient.
Sometime back, NASA decided to conduct research and find the best exercise for astronauts. In their study, they realized that trampolining is more effective compared to running. If you incorporate rebounding into your exercise routine, you will lose more weight than someone who is jogging for the same amount of time.
d. Trampoline Jumping Strengthens Your Pelvic Floor
These are a group of muscles at the floor of your pelvis area. They are responsible for supporting the organs in that area, namely; the bowel, bladder and uterus (women).
These muscles should always be firm and strong. Failure to this, you may suffer a pelvic floor dysfunction. This means that you will barely be able to relax and contract the muscles as required. Seeing the involved organs, the resulting problems can be both serious and embarrassing.
How does rebounding strengthen the pelvic floor muscles?
For these muscles to benefit from the jump, you need to do it correctly. This is even more important if you already have an incontinence issue. While trampolining, make sure you “activate” the pelvic floor.
Gently contract the pelvic floor muscles (a very light kegel). Try to perform mini jumps while still holding the muscles. Do not forget to breathe and relax other body muscles. Do this for two minutes—or even one. Get off the trampoline and relax the pelvic muscles. Get on the trampoline again and perform mini jumps without contracting the muscles. See if they will automatically contract (they should).
If this does not happen, do not despair. Jump for a minute or two again while doing the slight kegel then get off. After some time, your body will learn.
Note: while actively doing the kegel, do not bounce for more than two minutes. It could lead to a whole new problem.
e. Trampoline Jumping Has a Positive Effect on Your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is a collection of organs and tissues that work to get rid of body waste and toxins, among other functions. The earth is really not at its cleanest right now. You have no idea how much you are exposed to harmful substances in the air, water and even food. This waste needs to get out. The toxins are dangerous to your body and will leave you at a high risk of infections and cancers.
While the circulatory system has a heart which acts as a pump, the lymphatic system does not. It depends solely on your physical activity. The more you exercise, the more efficient the system. Another thing, the lymphatic fluid does not flow downwards but rather upwards. Therefore, jumping exercises are recommended to facilitate the process. And what is a better jumping exercise than trampolining?
f. Trampoline Jumping Improves Coordination, Balance and Posture
A trampoline is definitely not one of the most stable platforms. As you jump, you will always land in a different position. Landing steadily on your feet is a challenge and it becomes harder the higher you jump. Because of that, your body does not know what to expect. It prepares itself and engages the vestibular apparatus to ensure a balanced landing.
The vestibule is found in the inner ear and is responsible for the body’s balance. The more your body learns to prepare for unexpected landings, the better your balance and coordination. This claim is backed by several studies, including this one which shows that the elderly can regain their stability and balance by jumping on a trampoline.
g. Trampoline Jumping Makes You Happier and Promotes Your Mental Health
Trampolining will not make your boss kinder or help you with most of your life’s problems. However, it will make you happier. It will also clear your head and make you better placed to deal with whatever comes your way.
While bouncing, all muscles receive sufficient blood flow. The underused ones will be put to good use while the overused ones will be loosened. At the same time, what happens to one side of the body will most likely happen to the other side. This makes the two brain hemispheres learn to communicate better. Consequently, your mental capacity is improved (a very good reason to let your kids on a trampoline).
On top of that, rebounding reduces the level of cortisol which is a stress hormone. It then encourages the production of endorphins. These are ‘feel-good’ hormones and they live up to their name. As a result, you can face life with a positive attitude. It will also be easier for you to take care of yourself and those you love.
Lastly, the act of trampolining itself is fun. For a moment, your mind will be taken off whatever you are currently dealing with.
h. Trampoline Jumping Is One of the Best Aerobic Exercises
Many things make trampolining an outstanding physical activity. Among them, is the fact that it is a low impact exercise. While there are many activities that may be considered low impact, some of them rob you of several benefits.
Rebounding lets you enjoy the advantages of common activities such as running, without hurting yourself. Weight-bearing activities are not the best for the elderly, people with arthritis or any other special conditions. Trampolining is great for everyone including people with weak pelvic floor muscles.
Moreover, trampolining works every single muscle of your body, including the toes and fingers. If you jump regularly, you can get your recommended 30 minutes (adults) or 60 minutes (children) of physical activity daily.
You would be surprised to know that these are not all the benefits of trampoline jumping. They are the little-known ones.
A trampoline is more than just a way to have fun—and it is not for children only. Everyone in the family can benefit from jumping.
You will make it easier for your body to get rid of toxins and fight diseases. It is also a fun way to shed off some weight. Regardless of your age, you will be able to maintain a normal bone density and strong pelvic floor muscles. Your body balance and coordination will improve too.
All these benefits are undeniable and science agrees. What other reason do you need to buy a trampoline?