Give your health a lift
If you thought trampolining was just for kids, then it's time to rediscover the joys of jumping.
According to research by NASA, trampolining can help improve your balance, gets your heart rate up, and could give your cardiovascular health a boost.
Bouncing, or trampolining, isn't new. Most of us have fond memories of childhood spending sunny days bouncing up and down. But trampolining has been rediscovered by adults who want to improve their cardiovascular health, flexibility and lose any extra weight – all while having a laugh.
“Trampolining is a low-impact, cardio-based workout,” says exercise physiologist and Hilton's Living Well Club Manager Jerome Boadu, who runs regular Bounce! Classes.
“It can aid in improving coordination, endurance and strength through high intensity dynamic movement.” Most classes run for around 30-45 minutes, and include a warm-up and -down, and the actual jumping, which can vary from class to class.
“Some of the moves you will see are lateral lunging, jumping, tucks and sprints,” explains Boadu. “You might be doing some nice easy, choreographed, jumping moves, then you'll suddenly swap into doing some springs.”
Health benefits of trampolining
“One of the major benefits of trampolining, is that it's a low-impact workout,” says Dr Nathan Johnson, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. “It [can be a good option] if you have joint pain, or you're recovering from joint injury.” And if you're after a fun way to burn some serious kilojoules, then joining in with some jump classes is a must-try.
“Trampolining is a total-body workout,” says Dr Johnson. “It engages muscles throughout your entire body, because you're jumping on an unstable surface, so you need these muscles to work to stay stable.”
Most of all, says Dr Johnson, the added element of fun can make trampolining a great exercise to include in your weekly exercise plan. “As we get older we lose that innate sense of fun with physical activity, and trampolining encourages you to do something positive and enjoyable.”
What to keep in mind
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“There is limited research on the health benefits of trampolining, so it's an exercise that I would recommend people do in addition to their 30 minutes of daily exercise, rather than instead of,” says Dr Johnson.
When you’re next planning your weekly exercise schedule for a healthy workout for your mind and body, why not add one or two trampolining classes? Or, just hop onto the trampoline at home for some healthy family time with your kids.