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.
- 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.