Have you ever wondered how Tigger seems to always have a boundless amount of energy? It turns out that he shared with us his secret long ago. "The wonderful thing about Tiggers...is their bottoms are made out of springs!"
Research has shown that bouncing (whether it is on a trampoline or, apparently, a spring-like tail) can greatly improve overall health and wellbeing. Some of the main benefits, as outlined below, include a stronger musculoskeletal system, an improved immune system and increased energy levels - so, like Tigger, you will be "loaded with vim and vigour!"Improved balance and coordination
Trampolining requires the constant adjustment of body position, angle and posture, to accommodate even the smallest of changes in weight and balance. The vestibule of the inner ear - the structure responsible for balance - is stimulated by this motion and constant readjustment. Coordination, motor skills and balance will all improve with practice as your body learns to predict these changes with increasing efficiency. Increased cardiovascular fitness
Bouncing increases heart rate and breathing, especially when performed at moderate to high intensities. This has multiple flow-on effects, including increased blood flow, which leads to an increased supply of oxygen to muscles and the brain. This increased circulation can even help reduce cellulite and varicose veins.
Increased agility and flexibility
The strong, supple muscles built while jumping on a flexible surface are constantly being stretched and flexed, increasing overall flexibility.
Did you know that when you land on a trampoline, you can experience a gravitational force of up to 4Gs? This force helps to strengthen bones and joints and increase bone mass, reducing the risk of developing problems such as osteoporosis.Build muscle, lose fat
Trampolining is a great way to reduce stored fat while quickly building strong, toned muscle
. The core is a key target area, which leads to a flatter stomach, improved posture and a decreased risk of lower back problems. It is a fantastic workout for the arms, which are constantly engaged for stability, as well as for the large muscles in the legs. Weight loss is also supported through regular trampolining (at least 20 minutes, three times per week), with an increased metabolic rate indicated by several studies.Low impact
The repeated jarring action of jogging and other high-impact forms of exercise can cause significant damage to joints, bones, tendons and ligaments. Trampolining is a low-impact activity as the surface flexes on landing, absorbing the impact. This reduces the risk of injuries, especially those to the ankles, shins, knees, hips and back.Improved immune system
The lymphatic system is part of the immune system and is responsible for fighting infections, viruses and bacteria. It is also crucial in flushing toxins and cell waste from the body.
Vertical bouncing triggers the opening and closing of valves in the lymphatic system. This results in a significant increase in the flow of lymph, a fluid that contains lymphocytes (a sub-type of white blood cells produced by the immune system). Toxins are also removed from the body with increased efficiency, which all help to build a stronger immune defence.Less stress, more energy
Exercise is well-known to improve mood, decrease stress and increase energy levels. Exercise releases endorphins which elevate mood and encourages a restful sleep at night. It increases oxygen supply which promotes healing and supports neurological processes, aiding memory and alertness. These factors contribute to increased energy levels and an improvement in overall health and well-being.
These benefits are for everyone!
Trampolines are not just for kids – the elderly also benefit from this activity as a way to help combat the decrease in balance, strength and coordination that comes with age.
It is important to note that the best trampoline will vary depending on the intended purpose and user. There are many different sizes, shapes and designs of trampolines for sale
, so it worthwhile to investigate all the options available before you buy a trampoline.
So start bouncing, enjoy these many health benefits and, like Tigger, get ready to have some "Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun!"