Why Adults Should Start Jumping on Trampolines Too
By Charles Hopkins
Published 11/27/2007 | Fitness
Trampolining is a good general exercise. Aside from being
cost-effective, the body can also gain from the physiological and
physical benefits the exercise offers. Trampolining, or rebounding, has
a positive effect on the body's lymphatic system. It also provides
energy and reduces body fats. The action of bouncing up and down, going
against gravity, makes trampolining a good way to promote physical
The rebounding exercise is done by bouncing on a mini-trampoline, a
gymnastic apparatus which consists of a strong canvas sheet attached
with springs to a metal frame. It is a low impact activity and is
suitable for just about anyone. It is unique in that it reins in the
force of gravity to exercise every part of the body at the same time.
It is thought that the G force exerted on the body by the bouncing
action helps push toxins out. While the body is briefly suspended, the
lower cell pressure allows for the inflow of oxygen and nutrients,
thereby making cell exercise better.
Trampolining is an easy way of strengthening muscles, especially
those on the legs. This helps the heart by lightening its load when
pumping blood throughout the body. It also helps strengthen tendons and
ligaments around the joints, improves movement, thus reducing the risk
of developing arthritis.
Trampolining also makes the bones stronger, which is especially
beneficial for those who are suffering from, or have a high risk of
developing osteoporosis. It has been said that rebounding improves the
bone mineral content and its density, thus decreasing the risks of
fractures associated with osteoporosis.
Exercising on the trampoline also helps maintain a healthy body
weight. It aids in weight loss and in decreasing the likelihood of
obesity. As mentioned previously, it helps in lymphatic circulation.
During weight loss, the body releases accumulated toxins for
elimination. If lymph circulation is not strong, these toxins can build
up within the body and lead to illness. Rebounding has the ability to
rid the lymphatic system of toxins.
Other benefits of this sport includes headache relief, improvement
of balance and coordination and energy level boost. It firms and tones
the body, strengthens the heart, helps burn calories and fat, boosts
the immune system and improves blood circulation. It also reduces
levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and stimulates the metabolism
and digestive processes.
Senior citizens can benefit from rebounding. It helps increase
their energy, improve their balance, reduce signs of aging and keeps
their minds alert.
Likewise, the sport also helps children learn faster and develop
better coordination. It is most beneficial for children with learning
disabilities and those with cystic fibrosis or brain injuries.