Many people take up running and other high impact sports to lose weight, increase endurance, learn new skills or simply as a healthy hobby.
Running and high impact sports are indeed healthy hobbies; however, they can come with the disadvantage of physical stress on lower limbs and feet, especially for people who are overweight or have issues with their joints.
Exercising on a trampoline reduces the pressure of your body weight by 50% – 80%, which helps you to last longer and push harder. Whether your goal is to master a new skill or improve fitness, you are likely to reach your goals faster and have less recovery time post training when following a trampoline based program.
David Beckham would have been set multiple targets in his training sessions to help him further develop his ball control. Similarly, NASA trainee astronauts are required to learn to perform activities which require immense skill whilst unsupported by gravity. Trampoline based exercise allows you to undertake several actions simultaneously which require concentration and focus: bouncing, balancing, maintaining the body’s position, and anticipating the next action. These skills are proven to have a positive impact on bilateral motor skills, as well as engaging and controlling multiple muscles and limbs at one time.
If you are thinking which body parts get the most benefit when trampolining, then you need to look to the core and legs, these are the two main movers during jumping activities. Below we will look into each in a little more detail.
Trampolines help with the toning and definition of your stomach and entire abdominal core, as you flex and release every time you spring off the trampoline. Not to mention a strong core is essential for balance and stability when jumping.
Legs, Thighs and Buttocks
Jumping up from a trampoline activates your full body motor units, your legs, thighs and buttocks especially are conditioned and toned by the consistent jumping movements.
A trampoline demands constant jumping that forces your heart to start pumping blood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine list jumping on a trampoline as a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. Moderate-intensity exercises done 30 to 60 minutes, five days per week, meet the exercise recommendations set by the American College of Sports Medicine for a healthy lifestyle.
Trampolining is FUN!
Let’s face it trampolining is WAY more fun than so many other fitness activities out there! With a huger variety of workouts and exercises which can be adapted to push you to your limits, develop your skills and make you aware of how much your body is capable of.