Bounce your butt off with a rebounding or trampoline workout. Jumping on a trampoline is a low-impact way to get your blood pumping, your cardiovascular system working and your muscles moving. By just bouncing up and down, you can burn calories and boost your metabolism. Jumping can also get your core, legs and buttocks into shape.
Bouncing on a trampoline requires you to hold or flex your muscles as you hit the trampoline surface and release them as you bounce back up. Without trying hard, you are working out your abdominal muscles every time you jump. This consistent training can be more effective, according to Trampoline Tips, than regular abdominal crunches or situps.
A study by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) found that trampolining for 10 minutes is 68 percent more effective for the cardiovascular system than 30 minutes of running or jogging. For astronauts, it is the best way for them to rebuild bone tissue after spending time in space. Because your legs are used to control your jump and maintain your balance, even smaller movements are working to strengthen your leg muscles as you jump up and down.
Your back muscles, particularly those immediately around the spine, work in tandem with your abdominal muscles to strengthen your core. As the muscles in your back contract with each bounce, the strength you gain will help you balance better, providing you with a stronger core and shoulder blade area.
Even though you aren't bouncing with your arms, your upper body can get a workout from the trampoline. You will automatically use your arms and shoulders to help you stay balanced on the trampoline so the small stabilizer muscles will get a workout and give you better overall strength in your upper body.
Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.