Trampolines have come a long way since 1934 when it was first utilized for astronaut training and is a lot of fun for the family whether indoors or outdoors. Also known as rebounding, trampoline games keep you fit as it tones your muscles, improves flexibility, enhances muscle response time and assures good balance. Trampoline jumping is a type of plyometrics exercise and how it works is that it uses the greatest amount of force in the shortest amount of time, bringing about powerful muscle contraction. Jumping on a trampoline also increases your heart rate and gives you a good cardio vascular workout. The constant up and down and change in gravity stimulates all the cells in your body and makes for a good workout.
On the negative side, while it may be able to beat indoor boredom there is also danger for both children and adults as it can create neck and head injuries or jumping on the perimeter and falling off the trampoline with serious sprains and fractures or even a broken neck. It has been said that trampolines should never be made part of regular equipment on outdoor playgrounds or at home as trampoline games will soon necessitate increased home insurance premiums.
The benefits of trampoline jumping
· It burns calories and contributes to weight loss
· Muscle strengthening assists in the increase of metabolism and burns fat
· Trampoline games for 20 to 30 minutes, three or four times a week will start to show great results
· It is beneficial for senior citizens who want to remain fit
· It improves self esteem as a result of feeling great
· It is a low impact workout and great for those who are out of shape.
· You have increased bone density which helps to prevent broken or fractured bones
· You also have improved balance and co ordination from playing trampoline games, which all add up to good physical and mental health.