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Here's Why Jumping On A Fitness Trampoline Is Great Exercise

By Eyal Fatran | Apr 19, 2016

Trampoline jumping is great exercise

Did you ever jump around on a trampoline as a kid? Whether you were in your friend’s backyard or you went a place that specializes in trampolines like a trampoline bounce house, the fact of the matter is that trampolines have brought joy to countless people over the years. While bouncing around as a kid is practically expected, we’re here to tell you that using a trampoline as a fully grown adult is not only completely acceptable, but it’s actually encouraged from us - and here’s why.

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Many people are still yet to hear the news, but did you know that jumping on a mini fitness trampoline is actually a fantastic way to get in your cardio workouts? Without the traditional harsh impact of running and other high-impact sports that involve cardio, doing a “rebounder workout” is a fun and engaging way to exercise. Leaps & Rebounds is at the forefront of the cardio trampoline revolution, enabling people around the world to do trampoline workouts with the help of our products - namely, the best rebounder trampoline on the market.

So, why not channel in your nostalgia associated with jumping on trampolines, and combine it with the power of cardiovascular exercise? You won’t regret it. In this blog post, we’re going to look at some of the reasons behind why a trampoline workout is so effective. Learn more and shop our signature rebounder trampoline today!

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Jumping Into Shape

Again, jumping on trampolines is no longer just for kids. A recent study conducted by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) actually found that bouncing on a mini trampoline for less than 20 minutes is just as good for you as running, but feels better and is a lot more fun (we agree!). In the study, the researchers gave a group of 24 fit college kids a mini trampoline and played a 19-minute trampoline exercise video. As the college kids exercised, their heart rates and oxygen expenditures were measured every minute.

More Vigorous Than You Might Think

Contrary to what many people seem to believe, trampolining was actually found to be “moderate-to-vigorous” intensity exercise - resulting in roughly about the same physical effects as running six miles per hour, biking, or playing football, basketball, or ultimate frisbee. Interestingly enough, however, when the participants were asked to rate how hard they worked, they actually gave scores that more congruent with light-to-moderate intensity exercise.

This suggests that the workout felt easier than it should have. Is it because jumping on a trampoline is fun plain ol’ fun for most people, or is it because college kids have feelings of nostalgia tied to the experience? Realistically, it’s a combination of these reasons, but there’s also some science behind the art of jumping.

Avoiding High-Impact Stress On The Body

Besides all of the fun, enjoyment, and lack of perceived physical effort that comes with bouncing on a trampoline, the relatively soft impact of landing on a trampoline is a huge plus in and of itself. Running is great, but one of the major downsides with this cardio activity is the high impact associated with it, leading to a number of orthopedic injuries. Think of jumping on a treadmill as somewhat akin to running on a mattress or a marshmallow - the trampoline absorbs some of that shock, causing the impact forces on the feet and lower extremities to ease up. This is what makes jumping on a trampoline seem like it's easier than it actually is.  

Optimal Calorie Burn

For those seeking to lose weight and shape up their figure, calorie burn is an important part of exercise, central to the cardio experience. The above study with the college students found that the participants’ heart rates during exercise actually matched up with the ACSM guidelines for improving cardiorespiratory fitness. The ACSM, or American College of Sports Medicine, recommends burning 200 to 300 calories during each 30-minute workout in order to lose or manage weight; granted, this is relative to one’s daily caloric intake, metabolic rate, and other factors. 200 to 300 calories in 30 minutes comes down to about 6.7 to 10 calories burned per minute, not including the warm-up and cool-down portions.

This rate of calorie burn is equivalent to running six miles per hour on flat ground or biking at about fourteen miles per hour. In other words, jumping on a trampoline is roughly the same calorie burn as running a 10-minute mile, but the difference with using a trampoline is that there’s less perceived energy associated with the experience. How cool is that?

Bouncing Your Way To Fitness

Congratulations, now you know about the trampoline workout! Now, you’re able to see that trampolines aren’t just for kids anymore. Take control of your health with the power of the rebounder workout from Leaps & Rebounds today!

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