Health Benefits of Trampolines
Author: Claire Jarrett
Have you ever considered the host of health benefits in using a trampoline in your regular workout? Research carried by NASA scientists suggests that a trampolining session be over 60% more effective as an all-round workout in comparison to jogging for the same length of time. As well as offering an excellent cardiovascular workout, it can offer many other positive health improvements which other cardio workouts do not offer.
Using a trampoline to bounce on one spot can greatly improve one's sense of balance as you will constantly be making small adjustments in all the body's muscle group to maintain your balance. The improvement in balance is developed in parallel with greatly improved coordination, as you coordinate movement across all your limbs in order to perform the multitude of various different twists, somersaults and maneuvers. Together the gains in balance and coordination lead to vastly enhanced bilateral motor skills: both sides of the body and brain are utilized to the fullest. This is in contrast to many other sports such as soccer, which tend to focus on one side of the body.
Using a trampoline for your workout can even improve bone density, as bouncing puts a tiny amount of stress on bones. This stress does not damage the skeleton, but rather builds up bone strength. This leaves you less prone to fractures, and can stop osteoporosis developing in later life.
In addition to improved cardiovascular fitness, using a trampoline in your regular workout can also lead to improved lymphatic circulation, as being weightless for a short time mid-bounce can help the body detoxify itself. Trampolining is unique in being the only sport that can offer such a benefit. Trampolining is also a low impact sport. There is very little stress put on the body from intense periods of acceleration and deceleration, as the trampoline has a lot of "give" when you land on it. Other sports (for example; tennis, soccer) can be very stressful on the body in this respect, as the hard ground is very unforgiving on your skeletal structure.
The health and well-being virtues of trampolining cannot be extolled highly enough. Whether being the solitary component of your workout, or as a supplement to your regular workout, it is a fantastic, self-confidence boosting sport. Indeed, the incorporation of trampolines and bounce mats into the training regimens of several high profile athletes such as David Beckham is testament to this.
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