The Most Efficient Workout? Get Rebounding on a Trampoline

What is one of the most efficient cardio workouts you can do? According to a NASA study, jumping on a trampoline, or "rebounding" is 68% more efficient than running or jogging! It is also found to be the best exercise for rebuilding bone tissue of astronauts who lose 15% of their bone mass due to weightlessness. Here are some great reasons to jump from USAF Fit Family!

Enjoy freedom and fun on a trampoline

Mini trampolines (known as rebounders) and full-size backyard models are fun fitness workouts for the whole family. Plus, experts agree that trampoline exercise provides the most time and energy-efficient workout possible.

Here are 5 reasons to jump

  • Trampoline exercise is aerobic, strengthening the heart and lungs.
  • Calories burn more efficiently during trampoline exercise and there is less stress on the body than with jogging, running, or jumping rope.
  • Jumping is easy for those with no particular athletic abilities or experience in sports.
  • Used as part of a cross-training program, trampolines can improve basic fitness as well as enhance skills and abilities required by almost every other sport.
  • NASA astronauts use trampoline exercises to counteract the effects of weightlessness.

 Jump safely

  • Place the trampoline on level ground, a safe distance from trees and other structures.
  • Never jump alone and always have spotters when small children jump.
  • Use safety nets and pads.
  • For larger models, install a trampoline enclosure, a special net that surrounds the equipment.
  • Cover the trampoline’s springs, hooks and frame with shock-absorbing pads.
  • Regularly check the equipment for tears and detachments

Small or large, both are fun

  • Small rebounders are perfect for quiet time.
  • As small as 38” in diameter, they fit anywhere.
  • There are folding models for easy storage.
  • Children and adults can jump for hours without realizing they are getting a really good workout.
  • Excellent energy burner for “antsy” children and teens.

Leave large trampolines outside

  • 8’-15’ diameter models need plenty of space around them
  • Great for high-flying splits and other aerial tricks.
  • Use caution when 2 or more get on the trampoline: 
  • Make sure your trampoline can handle the added stress. 
  • Supervise children at all times on larger models.

This article originally appeared on USAF FitFamily©, a publication of the U.S. Air Force. Republished with permission.

USAF FitFamily©

USAF FitFamily© is a web based goal incentive program. Families have the opportunity to set goals and monitor their progress. The FitFamily website provides resources, ideas and goal setting tools to help Air Force Families be active, make healthy nutrition choices and have fun in an effort to promote overall wellness. FitFamily is open to all active duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, DoD and civilian families.

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