What Are Fitness Trampolines
Fitness trampolines are a great choice for home gym equipment as they are small, compact and designed for single person use. They can safely be used inside your home or in your backyard. Many people enjoy the convenience of bouncing on a trampoline while watching a tv show or listening to music to get their daily dose of exercise without having to go to a gym.
There are many different shapes and sizes of fitness trampolines ranging from mini to larger oval shapes that offer different levels of bounce and stability. Some models of trampolines are also equipped with a handrail or stabilizing bar to help users keep their balance safely.
Fitness trampolines are not only a low impact form of exercise but provide a number of health and wellness benefits including:
Fitness trampoline exercise naturally facilitates the body’s detoxification process. When jumping on a trampoline, your body is rebounding which is a unique form of exercise that reaches a temporarily weightless state at the top of each jump and landing and with each bounce, achieves twice the force of gravity. When our bodies are subject to the shift in gravity, our muscles and cells benefit as well as our lymphatic system.
The motion from jumping on a trampoline causes our lymphatic valves to open and close simultaneously which increases lymphatic flow by as much as 15 times.
Increases Bone density
Working out on a fitness trampoline strengthens bone density which helps to prevent conditions such as osteoporosis. Jumping strengthens ligaments, tendons, and joints and has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis in some individuals. The motion of rebounding is helpful for older adults as it lengthens muscles and improves overall flexibility.
Better Balance and Coordination
The first few times you attempt to jump on a trampoline may be a bit challenging, but the good news is that with practice, fitness trampolines are great for improving your balance and coordination. When bouncing, you can land with greater or less force than anticipated or before the surface of the trampoline has even settled. To accommodate the unexpected movement, your body is forced to find its center of gravity and rebalance. The more you practice bouncing, the better you get at maintaining and predicting your movement and can recover faster with improved balance and coordination.
Fitness Trampoline Home Workouts
These are three simple and effective movements to incorporate into your home fitness trampoline routine.
Although it seems straightforward, this bouncing technique tones your calves, glutes, and quads while burning plenty of calories.
- Start by standing in the middle of your trampoline with your feet 6 inches apart
- Keeping your elbows at your side, bend your arms
- Slightly bend your knees and begin to jump approximately 6 inches off the trampoline surface
Performing squats on a trampoline is an excellent way to engage and tone your core.
- Stand in the middle of your trampoline with your arms at your side
- Jump up and while mid bounce, spread your feet wider than shoulder width and land in a squat position
- Your knees should be slightly bent with your thighs parallel to the ground, similar to if you were about to sit in a chair
- Bounce back to your starting position and repeat
To boost your heart rate and for a challenging aerobic workout, try prancing.
- Start standing in the middle of the trampoline with your feet 6 inches apart
- Place your hands on your hips, slightly bend your knees and begin to bounce on the balls of your feet
- With each bounce, alternate raising your right and left knees up to your hip level. This movement is similar to running on the spot while doing high ‘knees up’
- Perform for at least 60 seconds and work your way up to longer intervals