If you thought that bouncing on a trampoline is only meant for kids then think again. Since the 1930s the trampoline as we know it today has been around and trampolining is now an Olympic sport. It is mesmerizing to watch a gymnast bounce on a trampoline, twisting and turning with grace and agility. Obviously this kind of bouncing is not for everyone and should be done under controlled conditions but there are many health benefits that the average person can gain simply from bouncing at home on a trampoline.
Researchers have done studies to prove the effectiveness of rebounding or bouncing on a trampoline and the outcome was very positive. According to NASA,
…for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running, a finding that might help identify acceleration parameters needed for the design of remedial procedures to avert de-conditioning in persons exposed to weightlessness
In one particular study conducted by the Biomechanical Research Division, NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, it was found that by using a trampoline the entire body can be exercised without undue force placed on any body parts while they each receive the necessary amount of stresses needed to become stronger cell by cell. Less energy is expended so there is less demand on the heart and less oxygen is therefore used.
Trampolining is an effective aerobic exercise and was found to combat depression, anxiety and stress due to the endorphins that were produced. On the aerobic side it was found that,
10 minutes of trampoline exercise is a better cardiovascular workout than 33 minutes of running
This in turn indicates that you can increase the amount of calories that you burn and speed up your metabolic rate at the same time. In addition, let’s not forget that bouncing on a trampoline is a great, fun activity that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Even the elderly can participate in bouncing thanks to the low force that is exerted on the joints. Lymphatic drainage has also been cited as a benefit of bouncing on a trampoline. Spas that offer lymph drainage therapy and massage explain that,
The benefits of lymph drainage therapy include a reduction of inflammatory responses (both acute and chronic), detoxification, regeneration of tissue, and deep relaxation, to name just a few.
The Lymphatic fluid needs exercise to move so with that in mind it would seem that jumping on a trampoline with its rhythmic up and down motion seems perfect for the increase of lymph flow. The lymph system has one-way valves that need to be forced open for the lymph to flow jumping causes these valves to open and close which, in turn, means better lymph drainage.
The Downside To Bouncing
There is only one downside to jumping on a trampoline and that is the risk of injury should you bounce incorrectly. Smaller trampolines have narrow mats covering the springs but there are no mats to break your fall should you bounce yourself off the trampoline altogether. Care should be taken to bounce in the middle of the trampoline. It should also be noted that home trampolines are not designed for doing tricks on. Somersaults, twists and turns should only be done under expert supervision and should never be done on home trampolines. Competition trampolines fulfill the recommended safety standards for all the movements that are executed on them whereas the home trampoline does not.
Nevertheless, the advantages definitely outweigh the one negative, so get bouncing, safely and start reaping the fitness rewards at the same time.