Jumping on a trampoline isn’t just for kids. Investing in a fitness trampoline can get you off the couch and into a new, more active lifestyle. But before you start hopping your way to health, check with your doctor to ensure that exercising on a trampoline is suitable for your fitness goals.
Strengthening your cardiovascular system requires, at a minimum, moderately intense exercise that gets your heart rate up and keeps it there for at least 150 minutes a week. The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is finding an aerobic activity that you look forward to rather than dread. If jumping on a trampoline sounds like fun, then that means it can be an effective cardiovascular workout for you.
Other Fitness Benefits
Besides improving your cardiovascular system, a trampoline workout can develop your physical fitness in other ways. Bouncing and landing in a controlled way develops your coordination and balance. It also helps develop your muscles, especially if you incorporate upper-body movements. And while bouncing on a trampoline won’t burn as many calories as, say, sprinting uphill with a pile of bricks on your back, it will burn energy and help shed fat.
You probably don’t need lessons to master trampoline jumping, but attending a class at a local gym can help you increase the cardiovascular benefits of your trampoline workouts. A class coach can show you how to safely add in vigorous movements, such as body twists, punches and kicks, making the workout more difficult and interesting. A coach also will motivate you to keep going when you get tired.
If you have joint problems, trampoline workouts might allow you to get some aerobic exercise without causing further damage. Compared to other common cardiovascular-strengthening activities, such as jogging or dance aerobics, trampoline workouts are low impact. For example, you can vigorously run in place on a trampoline without having to slam your feet into hard ground, meaning your body doesn’t have to deal with the shock waves that pass through a runner’s entire body. Plus, forcing your feet down into the springy material provides resistance for your leg muscles, helping to strengthen your lower body.
Stan Mack is a business writer specializing in finance, business ethics and human resources. His work has appeared in the online editions of the "Houston Chronicle" and "USA Today," among other outlets. Mack studied philosophy and economics at the University of Memphis.