Sometimes when the stress of your job and being an adult gets to you, don’t you just wish you could turn back the clock and be a child again? The carefree and stress-free joys of childhood, running down the pavement or jumping around in happiness. Well, Marty McFly in Back To The Future is a nothing but a fictitious character and there is no such thing as a time machine. But well, you can still relive the joys of your childhood by… bouncing.
What is Bouncing?
Bouncing or trampoline fitness, the latest fitness kid on the block, is a low-impact but high-intensity workout that tones the overall body muscles and improves your coordination. It is a very simple workout. Step on a mini trampoline and start jumping on it like you used to, as a child. Bouncing is one of the few exercises that works every part of your body, so you can be sure that your whole muscular system is toned.
Achieves Cardiovascular Fitness
Studies conducted by the American Council on Exercise have shown that bouncing lets you achieve the same type of fitness benefits as running. Hooray! This is good news for people who absolutely loathe running. Jumping on a trampoline to get fit seems more like an fun fitness goal than having to run for 10 km and ending up with the same results. Now grab those running shoes and bounce away!
You can also incorporate high-intensity interval training (HIIT), when you bounce on a mini trampoline. HIIT workouts are periods of moderate-intensity exercises interspersed with periods of high-intensity exercises. This type of workout keeps your heart rate up and helps you to burn more fat in a shorter period of time. Always start off with a warm-up. Bounce moderately for five to ten minutes. Once your warm-up is done, start by bouncing moderately for two minutes, followed by 30 seconds of intensive bouncing. Return to the two minutes of moderate bouncing. Alternate between the two-minute moderate bouncing and the 30-second intense bouncing for the duration of the workout.
Helps You to Lose Weight
Because bouncing is a high-intensity cardio activity, it is an efficient and effective calorie burner. Your heart rate is raised, your metabolic rate is increased and your weight gradually drops over time, as you continue to bounce regularly. Bouncing can have you burning up to 900 calories within a hour. Bounce more, burn more!
Although bouncing provides an intense workout for the muscles and bones, the trampoline mat absorbs most of the shock from the rebound. This is unlike running on a hardened pavement, where your knees are absorbing the impact of your run, putting your joints at risk, as you run longer distances. Therefore, with bouncing, there is less stress and pressure on your joints and the risk of injury to your ankles and knees is reduced.
Improves Agility & Coordination
Bouncing on a trampoline requires a good sense of balance and coordination of your arms and legs. As you bounce, you learn to control your arms and legs and adjust the position of your body accordingly during the session. You will achieve improved coordination, agility and motor skills over time.
Helps to Relieve Stress
As you exercise, your body releases endorphins. Endorphins in your body lead to feelings of euphoria or happiness, which can help to combat depression, anxiety and stress. As you continue to bounce, more endorphins are released in your body. You will feel happier, more optimistic and confident and less likely to experience depression, anxiety or stress. If you find yourself having problems sleeping at night due to the day’s stresses and worries, why not bounce it off? With all the endorphins your body is producing thanks to the bouncing, it will help to improve your quality of sleep.
Improves Lymphatic System Circulation
You are exposed to environmental pollutants on a daily basis through the food you eat, the water you drink and even the air you breathe. If your lymphatic system is not functioning properly to rid your body of these toxins, you are at a risk of contracting infections, and even perhaps cancer. So, your health hinges on your body’s ability to remove these toxins effectively. Regular bouncing can help to facilitate detoxification of your body, by cleansing your lymphatic system.
Increases Lung Capacity & Oxygen Intake
Bouncing helps to circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy. Bouncing regularly provides more oxygen to your body, which results in an increase in energy generation and this, in turn, can increase your body’s resistance to colds, influenza and other illnesses. A bounce a day keeps the doctor away.
Bouncing is Fun & For Everyone
There is no age limit for anyone who wants to pick up bouncing. Of course, you should be moderately active and have no prior body ailments or injuries that prevent you from bouncing safely. Go on and bounce your way to happiness!