If you thought trampolines were for kids, you might be missing out. Mini-trampolines, or rebounders, are a hot new fitness item. Trampolining is finally being recognized for the surprising benefits it can provide, on top of aerobics. What’s more, it’s actually fun.
Benefits of trampoline fitness
1. Cellular Energy
Mitochondria is a structure within cells that converts chemical energy from food into a form that cells can use. Rebounding increases the mitochondria in each cell due to the extra demand for energy within your body. This increases the total amount of available energy in the body as well as the capacity for using that energy.
With trampoline exercises, you jump start your metabolism into a state that will have you feeling energized all day. You’ll be burning fat and losing weight hours after the exercise is over.
2. Bone formation
Research has shown that putting extra weight on the skeletal structure helps to promote bone density and reduce the risk of energy. Trampolining creates twice the G-force of walking while the cushioning effect of the trampoline minimizes the risk of stress on the knee.
Increasing bone density helps to prevent conditions such as osteoporosis, as well as the risks for breaking bones. Rebounding improves strength and flexibility of joints, tendons, and ligaments, which reduces the chances of arthritis.
3. Increased leg strength
Because it’s a weight-bearing exercise that focuses on the lower body, it helps to develop leg muscles. Gymnasts include trampolining in their exercise routines because it improves the strength and stability of the legs as well as better overall balance.
Your lower body is the base of support for all sports and activities that involve running, leaping, or kicking, as well as normal walking. Developing your leg strength leads to more physical control and stamina even at a simple level.
4. Boost the immune system
Our body’s lymphatic system is the network of tissues and organs that help support the immune system. The lymphatic system uses physical activity like trampolining as a pump. It’s a fun activity that can actually make your kids healthier when done safely.
The lymphatic system contains a high number of the white blood cells that attack infections like viruses. In addition to fighting disease, an active lymphatic system enhances your bone marrow and tissue healing abilities.
5. Cleansing the body
Part of the role of the lymphatic system is to remove toxins and waste. Lymphatic fluid leaks into tissues, where it collects the waste produced by the cells. Fifteen minutes a day of rebounding can cleanse your body.
Rebounding presents a unique form of exercise where you go from a moment of weightlessness at the top of the jump to twice the force of gravity at the landing. This is an excellent way to get the lymphatic system pumping.
Rebounding also helps to develop balance and core strength that translate to better performance in all other sports. If you haven’t incorporated rebounding into your exercise regimen, you might want to get started.