As summer approaches more parents will be buying trampolines for their children. They provide a fun way for children and adults to gain exercise while having fun and they can keep children occupied for hours. The two most popular commercial trampolines are Garden and mini-trampolines. Garden trampolines usually range from the popular 8ft to 10ft trampoline for small and medium sized gardens right up to the 14ft trampolines for big gardens or wide outdoor spaces.
While garden trampolines are used for high bounces and somersaults mini trampolines are used mainly for exercise. They can be used all the year round and they are suitable for all age groups.
While many people are aware that there are health benefits to jumping on a trampoline, few people are aware of just how unique and beneficial this form of exercise is. Trampoline exercise otherwise known as rebounding is known to help alleviate and cure a whole range of health problems. Everything from kidney stones to weight loss to Varicose veins.
Why is Rebounding so Special?
Rebounding on a trampoline is a unique exercise in which a weightless state is achieved at the peak of each jump and a force over twice that of gravity is achieved during the lowest part of the jump. These alternating forces help to stimulate the lymph system which is responsible for fighting disease and ridding the body of harmful toxins, dead and cancerous cells and provide one of the most important stations of defence in your body.
The lymphatic system is a network of conduits that carry a clear fluid called lymph. The flow is regulated by a series of valves that open and close due to changes in pressure. When rebounding on a trampoline this stimulates the lymph by the changes in gravitational pull, the muscular contractions and the deep and full breathing.
Importance of Gravity
In the weightlessness of space, astronauts will keep themselves fit by applying stress on their bones. This helps to prevent muscle and bone de-generation which can happen quickly without the important force of gravity.
Rebounding does not just stimulate the lymph helping to detoxify your body and strengthen your immune response. Rebounding also strengthens the bones, muscles and cells due to the G-forces experienced during the bounce.
No shock impact
Unlike other exercises such as running there is no shock impact on the body caused by jumping or running on a hard surface. Jogging on a hard surface can cause a shock impact that can harm your knees and joints. When jumping on a trampoline the impact is absorbed by the trampolines surface and the risk of damage to your body is reduced significantly.
Trampoline exercise is considered the most effective exercise for loosing weight. A study from NASA found that a 150-pound individual spending just one hour on a rebounder will burn more calories than the same person jogging for an hour.
While you can be predisposed to cancer by your genes cancer can be used by a combination of poor nutrition, stress, a weak immune system and lack of exercise.
As explained earlier the lymphatic system has a huge impact on the immune system and can be stimulated by the forces produced when bouncing. Bouncing also increases the rate of oxygenation of your tissues, thus flooding your body with cells, oxygen and nutrients. This is good for preventing cancer and also those that may be undergoing treatment for cancer. Also your emotional and mental states will be uplifted by the endorphins released while exercising.
The blood flow is controlled by a series of valves, which can become weak causing blood to pool in your legs and veins to become much more prominent.
If you continue to bounce on your trampoline over a period of time you should notice improvements in your veins. When you bounce you stimulate the working of both calf muscles. These muscles rhythmically contract during each pounce helping to pump blood through the veins and upward to your heart.
While there are numerous health benefits to trampoline exercise I have not even mentioned hopefully you will have a greater understanding of just how beneficial this exercise can be for everyone of any age.