It's not too much to ask for a workout to be fun as well as effective. If you've ever passed on a trampoline workout because you thought it looked too enjoyable to be beneficial, you should take another look. Trampoline exercises, also known as rebounding, are easy and they provide a list of health and fitness benefits. Jumping on the bed might be off limits, but you'll have a blast bouncing on a minitrampoline.
Low Impact Cardio
When you use a trampoline for exercises that involve jumping or running in place it absorbs the shock that would normally impact your joints if you were doing the same activities on a solid surface. When you don't have to worry about babying your joints, you can really get your heart pumping, circulating oxygen throughout your body and improving the efficiency and health of your lungs and heart, including lowering your resting heart rate up to 10 beats per minute.
Getting your heart rate up with trampoline exercises not only serves to develop your heart muscle and increase its efficiency, but also it increases your metabolism. This is great news for anyone who wants to lose weight by burning some fat. And here's the bonus: when you kick your metabolism into fat-burning mode during a trampoline workout, you continue to burn calories even after you've finished exercising.
Energy and Toxin Flushing
You may not give your lymphatic system a second thought, but even if you don't realize it, you'll be helping to move toxins out of your system when you participate in an action-packed workout like trampoline exercising. Without sufficient exercise, toxin filled lymph builds up in your system and can cause you to feel rundown and tired. Jumping up and down on a trampoline successfully pumps the lymph and pushes waste out of your body, leaving you refreshed and energized.
Improved Balance and Coordination
If you have embarrassing visions of awkwardly launching yourself into a wall or the nearest person while rebounding, your fears are unfounded. During a typical trampoline workout you aren't jumping for height, so your feet stay just a few inches above the tramp's surface. In fact, your balance and coordination will improve when you work out on the trampoline. Even just standing on a minitrampoline while performing strength exercises will help your balance, so imagine how poised you'll become when adding a little bounce to those same tricep, bicep and shoulder exercises.
Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.