Trampoline exercises are a safe and effective way to get you fit and healthy. Don’t look at them as child’s play. There are trampoline workouts which are challenging enough to burn the lungs for good cardio and tone up your muscles. And as an added bonus, they’re fun to do as well!
How many calories does jumping on a trampoline burn? It may be difficult on your cardio to put in one hour of bounding but studies show you can burn 160 calories for every half hour you are jumping on a trampoline. What does 160 calories look like? Try a half bowl of cereal with a glass of milk.
It may not seem much but with vigorous, high intensity exercises you continue to burn more calories and fat after the activity. Studies show that fat burning after 30 minutes of intense exercise will continue for up to 48 hours. It will also expand your lung capacity to improve cardio levels.
If you want to become fit and healthy, you have to exercise. But some people may not be in the best shape to start physical activity because of level of fitness, injury, pre-existing conditions or age.
The safest approach is to do low impact exercises. These are exercises that are easy on your joints particularly the knees, ankles and hips. Low impact exercises also puts less compression forces on your lower back.
Trampoline workouts are perfect for those who are dealing with physical limitations or conditions. They will help you gain strength, build muscle tone and improve cardio with reduced risk of injury.
Here are 4 benefits of trampoline exercises:
There are other benefits to doing trampoline exercises. These 4 are the most important ones for your overall health and well-being.
Cardio health is an important consideration when choosing your exercises. When people talk about “cardio” they mean your body’s ability to distribute or manage oxygen efficiently throughout the body.
People with good cardio can walk up a flight of stairs without breathing too hard. It means their lungs have the capacity to accommodate enough oxygen and fuel the muscles to perform at their best during strenuous activities.
Good cardio also means efficient distribution of blood throughout the body. As you know, blood carries oxygen which is vital to your brain, internal organs and the immune system.
Trampoline exercises are one of the best activities you can do to improve your overall cardio.
Here are the top 5 trampoline exercises for better cardio:
This is the basic trampoline exercise but it is great for toning your glutes, thighs, hamstrings and calves. Maintain a tight core throughout to get those wash board abs as well!
With this exercise, you are replicating the old gym class favourite, high knees running in place but on the absorbent surface of the trampoline. High Knees is one of the best exercises for tightening up your tummy.
Perform High Knees like a sprint by doing the movement non-stop for 20 to 30 seconds. This will push your cardio to Olympic levels!
Jump Squats are an explosive exercise. Performing them on a trampoline makes them safer and easier on your knees, ankles and hips. This is one of the best exercises for shaping your thighs and for building power and mobility.
Do 20 repetitions or 30 seconds non-stop for maximum cardio benefits.
Jumping Jacks are another one of the gym class classic exercises which have been proven effective for all ages as long as it is done on a trampoline. This exercise will tone up your legs, upper body and will help develop coordination.
This is a great exercise for developing your cardio. Try doing jumping jacks for 1 minute straight. Once your cardio has improved, push yourself to complete an entire round in boxing or up to 3 minutes of Jumping Jacks non-stop.
This is a fun and unique way of exercising on the treadmill. It may look quirky to some but it will not only improve your cardio and tone up your muscles. Elevation Dance will develop your coordination, mobility and flexibility as well.
To get the most cardio benefit of the Elevation Dance, perform non-stop to your favourite dance music.
Trampoline exercises are a fun and effective way of improving your cardio and overall health. How can you come up with a program with these exercises?
You don’t have to do all 5 exercises. Pick up to 3 exercises and perform them as an interval.
Perform each exercise for 1 minute then repeat for a total of 3 to 4 intervals. You can rest up to 45 seconds between intervals.
You can finish the trampoline workout in 15 minutes and get closer to achieving your health and fitness goals.