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We all do our best to lead healthy lives, but it can feel like a scramble to keep up with the latest diet fads and workout trends.
But you don’t need a fancy squat routine or science fiction diet to lay down a baseline for good health. In fact, with all the physical and mental health benefits associated with jumping exercises and outdoor play, your Springfree trampoline could be a launchpad to better health and well-being.
Here are some of the perks you might not know when it comes to exercising on your Springfree trampoline!
1. It’s good for the heart.
Jumping gives you a high-intensity cardio workout in a short amount of time. According to a study by NASA, 10 minutes of trampoline bouncing is the equivalent of 30 minutes of running, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know it’s a lot more fun!
2. It’s good for your mood.
Most exercise has a positive effect on mental health, but outdoor exercise goes even further. When you exercise in a natural environment, you’re less likely to experience anger or depression and more likely to experience improvements in mood. So set up the trampoline in the yard and take in the summer greenery as you bounce.
3. You’ll get your vitamin D.
There’s a reason they call vitamin D the “sunshine vitamin”—you get it by being exposed to daylight! Vitamin D is responsible for healthy bones and teeth, and for protecting against diseases like cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Just make sure to cover up with sunblock when you go out on bright days, and remember to drink water to avoid dehydration.
4. It’s low impact.
A lot of physical activities like running, jumping, and competitive sports can be taxing on your joints. These high-impact sports require sudden stops, steps and landings that jolt your joints, cartilage and vertebrae. However, the surface of your Springfree Trampoline absorbs the impact, letting you jump higher and avoid stress on your system. That’s why physiotherapists often recommend trampolines as a low-impact exercise.
5. You’ll sleep better.
Even a short stint of exercise in the morning can help your body regulate its sleep schedule and improve the quality and consistency of your sleep. Consider going for a 15-minute bounce on your Springfree Trampoline when you get up. If you do jumping exercises at night, remember to give yourself enough time to relax and wind down before bed.
6. It’s good for your core (and back)!
Jumping on a trampoline builds up your core muscles, which help stabilize your body when you bounce. Having a strong core also takes pressure of your back, which can help prevent injuries and keep you mobile and active later in life.
7. Children are more engaged outdoors.
Research on outdoor play show that when they learn and play in a natural environment, children are more motivated, focused and active. Plus, if you work in lessons like counting bounces to take turns, or tracking time on the trampoline with a stopwatch, you have the opportunity to create positive associations between play and learning that will benefit your children’s growing minds.
8. It’s good for relationships.
Play is an excellent opportunity to build children’s social skills and to deepen your relationship with your kids and your partner. Only one person should bounce on a Springfree trampoline at a time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun together—encouraging each other to set records for the highest bounce, or the silliest jumping pose, or other creative jumping games.
9. It warms you up.
A lot of people don’t realize that trampolining is an excellent winter activity. Bundle up and go for a bounce on a cool fall morning or chilly winter afternoon—it’s an excellent way to warm up and get your blood pumping!
10. It’s good for balance development.
Studies show that jumping on a trampoline helps develop coordination and balance over a period of 12-14 weeks. Plus, jumping exercises reinforce the musculoskeletal system—just one of the reasons astronauts use them to train for space travel!
11. It builds self-esteem.
One study shows that as little as 5 minutes of outdoor physical activity every day can lead to noticeable improvements in self-esteem.