Although trampolining provides an intense workout for the muscles and bones, the mat or pad absorbs 80 per cent of the shock from the rebound. Unlike jogging or playing tennis, trampolining provides your body with an all-round workout while reducing the risk of injury to your joints, especially in your ankles and knees. This is especially beneficial for people with less mobility or people undergoing rehabilitation.
Muscle tone and suppleness is improved and your body fat percentage is reduced by trampolining. Regular use of a trampoline can also help improve posture and general muscle health. John Beer, Olympic coach to the British trampolining team, says: “Your core-stability muscles are almost constantly engaged to keep you stable and balanced, meaning a tauter, stronger stomach and lower back.” He also agrees with NASA research that using a trampoline helps improve whole-body strength.
Bouncing on a trampoline regularly can help increase your body’s metabolic rate and its ability to burn calories more efficiently. As a result of the increased G-force felt when exercising on a trampoline, your cells become stronger and this sort of exercise helps boost the activity of immune cells keeping the body’s natural defenses high and reducing the chance of getting sick.
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Trampolining can help combat depression, anxiety and stress by increasing the amount of endorphins released by the brain. Regular rebounding sessions can help you relax, promote better sleeping patterns and give your more energy. Exercising on a trampoline increases the circulation of oxygen around your body, making you more alert and improving mental performance.
Trampolining can help reduce the risk of bone conditions such as brittle bone disease, fractures and osteoporosis. Placing the musculoskeletal system under repeated slight stress while you jump allows your bones to become stronger to cope with the pressure of rebound. Bone mineral condition is also improved at the same time. The trampoline pad absorbs the majority of the impact, so your bones and joints are protected while you exercise.