10 Health Benefits Of Trampolining
Trampolining is a blast. From kids to teenagers to adults, any age group can jump on a trampoline and feel the freedom of breaking the laws of gravity and flying through the air. There are a few different ways to pursue the health benefits of trampolining. The two most popular choices are joining a trampoline class at a professional trampoline facility such as Airborne Trampoline in Woodbridge, or you can purchase a small re-bounder and get the added convenience of jumping at home.
Starting its rise in popularity in the 80’s, trampolining and rebounding became something of an overnight sensation after NASA found that it is a great exercise to increases oxygenation to the cells in your body.
While not the only workout to promote oxygenation, trampolining and rebounding became popular as a low impact, moderate intensity workout which was easy on the joints, and helped develop body co-ordination and spatial awareness with the added benefit of oxygenation.
How does it work?
Obviously, we all know that jumping on a trampoline involves first going up, a pause (and the brief feeling of weightlessness) in mid air, then coming back down onto the trampoline. The force affecting your body as you hit the trampoline is referred to as the “G Force”. The basic principal behind this is that g-force (with g from gravitational) is a measurement of the type of acceleration that causes weight. Quite simply, the higher you jump, the more G Force is created. The same NASA study mentioned earlier confirmed that keeping the G Force around 4g (or 4 times the force of gravity) can make trampolining twice as effective as running or jogging in achieving physically beneficial results. Achieving a G Force of 4g is not difficult nor does it require a high bounce. In fact, a bounce of only 12” off the trampoline can create sufficient G Force to provide all the health benefits associated with trampolining.
Where Can I Trampoline?
To get the health benefits of trampolining, you can always purchase a small re-bounder from online and set it up in your house or business. Usually you can find these online for between $40-$100 and they can be easily stored in your bedroom or closet. The limitations of using a home rebounder are ceiling height and floor protection. We don’t want to hit the roof when bouncing, and we don’t want our expensive floors to be damaged by the repeated impact of the rebounder.
The alternative is to visit a local trampoline facility, such as Airborne Trampoline Woodbridge, and check out their Trampoline Aerobics, or Trampoline Classes & Lessons programs. Professional trampoline facilities utilize high performance trampolines and certified trampoline coaches which make it even easier to progress into the world of rebounding & trampolining.
Any Tips For Success?
YES! As tempting as it is to slip on your tightest fitting workout clothing to look great while jumping, Airborne Trampolines’s head coach Raul (A Level 3 Certified Trampoline Coach through Gymnastics Ontario) suggests otherwise.
“Always wear loose fitting clothing. It allows for greater range of motion in all of your limbs, and increases circulation. Best of all, its stimulates the lymphatic system, releasing toxins.”
How Often Should You Trampoline?
Many jumpers, particularly our special needs participants, have shown improvement in co-ordination, flexibility, and circulation with just a one session per week usually lasting about an hour. However, experts suggest multiple sessions per week if possible. Rebounding can be done multiple times per day for around 4-5 minute sessions. However, to get the full caloric and aerobic burn of trampolining, try to jump continuously for as long as you feel comfortable.
Top 10 Health Benefits Of Trampolining
Triples Your White Blood Cell Count!
Simply bouncing for up to 10-15 minutes will result in your white blood cell count tripling. According to Natural News, the white blood cell count remains elevated for up to an hour after jumping. White blood cells are crucial in fighting germs and disease as a part of the immune system. This makes trampolining a fantastic workout to stave off sickness such as colds and flu.
Promotes Circulation And Heavily Stimulates Your Lymphatic System.
The forces applied to the body, or “G Forces”, while jumping have a tremendous positive effect on circulation. This Livestrong.com article states that rebounding and trampolining can have a dramatic improvement in reducing potential blood clots in the legs due to poor circulation. Trampolining also increases the activity of lymphocytes which improve the immune system and aid in detoxifying the body.
Trampolining Helps In The Release Of Toxins.
Trampolining and the motion of bouncing up and down helps cleanse your lymphatic system which is important to help remove toxins from the body.
Trampolining Increases Energy & Releases Endorphins.
Aside from increasing circulation of oxygen to cells, trampolining provides a fantastic aerobic workout. As with all workouts, this promotes the production of endorphins which are the “feel good hormones” produced by the pituitary gland.
According to Young and Raw, gentle bouncing can improve digestion by promoting the contraction and release of stomach muscles.
Aids With Varicose Veins
Another one of the great health benefits of rebounding is that it helps reduce and prevent varicose veins. This is due in large part to the increase and improvement of of circulation which helps reduce the inflammation and pain with varicose veins.
Promotes Weight Loss And Overall Health.
Trampolining can burn up to 800 calories per hour if done consistently and correctly. Imagine burning that many calories while having fun!
Beneficial As A Preventative Measure For Cancer.
According to Linda Brooks, author of A Simple Approach to Cancer, rebounding & trampolining aids in reducing tumors that are cancerous due to increasing the immune system and the cleansing of the lymphatic system.
Builds And Improves Bone Mass
Trampoline helps promote the body to strengthen bones with the gentle G Forces applied while bouncing. It is the natural reaction of the body to improve and strenghten what is being used. Just like how a muscle gets bigger and stronger when being worked out, the body will improve bone mass as a result of gentle forces being applied by jumping.
As mentioned above, trampolining can burn up to 800 calories per hour, increase circulation of lymphocytes, and provide a fantastic aerobic workout. All of this aids in breaking down cellulite. According to Dr. Mercola, the exercise causes vibrations resulting in the contraction of muscles, which pushes lymphatic fluid out of areas of the body where cellulite forms (such as outer thighs). One study found that this type of exercise reduced cellulite in participants by 26%.
If you want to experience trampolining and all of its health benefits, jump over to Airborne Trampoline today.