Use a Trampoline to “Jump”start Better Health! (Men's Journal)

Posted: Feb 09, 2024 in In the News

This article originally appeared in Men's Journal on February 9, 2024.


Use a Trampoline to “Jump”start Better Health!

By Kim Alexis

A lot of people use their trampolines for fun, but did you know it has a ton of health benefits? A lot of people focus on rebounding, and it’s something I hope you’ll look into more if you’re in good enough shape to do so!

What is Rebounding?

Rebounding is a low-impact exercise done on a mini-trampoline. You jump at your own pace—fast or slow—and mix it with rest or stepping. It seems simple, but it can do a lot for you!

What does Rebounding Do for the Body?

It has a variety of health benefits, including making you (and your bones) stronger, improving your balance, improving your heart health, and decreasing stress!

Building Strength

Jumping works different muscles together, making your whole body move. This helps make your core, legs, and back stronger.

Making Bones Strong

As we get older, our bones can become weaker. Jumping on a trampoline regularly can make the bones in your hips and spine stronger and reduce the chance of osteoporosis.

Getting Better Balance

When we age, our bones become less dense, and we might have trouble keeping our balance. Doing exercises on a mini-trampoline for about 14 weeks can help older people regain balance by 35%.

Keeping the Heart Healthy

Doing activities that get your heart pumping, like jumping, makes your heart muscles stronger. This can make your heart rate go down, and it's good for your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, keeping your heart healthy.

Relieving Stress

Jumping and exercising, in general, can make you feel better and happier. When you jump, your muscles tighten and then relax, improving your circulation. This helps release natural substances in your body that make you feel good and less stressed.

In a small study by Dr. Porcari for the American Council on Exercise, 24 college students jumped on mini trampolines for six months. In each 19-minute workout, guys burned 12.4 calories per minute, and girls burned 9.4 calories per minute.

Despite the hard work, they didn't feel like they were putting in much effort. Dr. Porcari explained it was because they were having so much fun, they didn't notice how much energy they were using!


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