Can Trampolining Be A Part Of Your Fitness Regimen?
Without a doubt, running is one of the best workouts you can do for cardiovascular fitness. Unfortunately, not only do some people find it boring, but it’s also not good for older individuals because it puts a lot of impact-related stress on the knees. Well, this is where trampolining comes in. According to a report by Lucy Fry for The Telegraph, jumping up and down on a trampoline is an extremely effective workout that goes beyond just improving your cardiovascular endurance.
It develops strength
If you’re looking to get stronger, then you need to develop your core. You see, regardless of where motion begins, it has to travel through your core muscles to transfer the force to other parts of the body. This means that your ability to generate power and carry loads ultimately relies on how strong your core is. Of course, the more force you can produce and the heavier the weights you can lift, the more you can maximise each workout.
Trampolining is a great way to significantly boost your core strength because it requires you to keep your core muscles constantly engaged to prevent yourself from falling over. In addition, since you end up using these muscles in a more dynamic function while jumping up and down on a trampoline—unlike when doing planks—the strength gains and control you develop has better carryover not only to the workouts you do in the gym, but to the activities you do outside of it as well. This is because real life movements are a combination of both static and multi-directional motions.
It improves balance and coordination
Simply put, the more trampolining you do, the better your balance becomes. This is again due to the fact that the activity is designed to keep you trying to stay upright—or at least bounce back quickly after doing some tricks—which forces all the muscles in your body to work together and make constant split-second adjustments. Needless to say, once you are able to hold your own on a trampoline, especially one that’s being used by more than one person, you should have no problem staying upright on steady ground.
It prevents workout-related injuries
Of course, core strength, balance and coordination are all key elements in injury prevention. Think about it. The exercises you do in the gym, especially the big compound ones like the squat, involve your core carrying heavy loads and more than one muscle group at a time working together to not only move the weight but also keep you stable. Having a strong core and a good sense of balance and coordination ensure that you are able to perform each rep safely and using proper form.
Bonus: It’s fun
At the end of the day, however, no matter how effective a workout is, if it’s not fun, then there’s a big chance that you won’t stick with it. Well, you won’t have to worry about that with trampolining. It feels more like a game than a workout so you’ll definitely be able to keep doing it for a long, long time.