The prevalence of overweight children is on the rise, and with the extra weight, increased risk of heart disease, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and even poor self-esteem. Experts agree that exercise is a key factor in reducing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Getting children to "exercise" though can be difficult. But you won't need to convince them to have fun jumping on a trampoline! Trampolining is such a great form of aerobic exercise that it has been used to train astronauts. After years of increasing popularity, in 1999, it became an official Olympic sport.
The benefits of trampolining are endless! A source of intense exercise and fun, trampolining has both physical and mental benefits.
Trampolining is a low impact, low stress workout for the body. 10 - 20 minutes of trampolining is about equal to half an hour of jogging! Because the trampoline mat absorbs some of the shock of impact, there is no strain on the joints. A repeated low impact exercise builds and strengthens the bones and muscles which results in toning, better balance, co-ordination and good posture. It has also been proven to reduce the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis.
The action of bouncing up and down against gravity strengthens all body systems and is considered one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises ever developed. The heart itself is strengthened due to the increased heart rate. Trampolining also benefit’s the lymphatic system. The lymph provides nutrients to each and every cell and rids the human body of various wastes. The immune system is boosted and helps in detoxifying. Circulation is increased releasing energy and pumping oxygen into the brain.
Trampolining is exercise in disguise. It uses almost every muscle, specifically the stomach, arms and legs. Muscles are toned, fat is burned and metabolism is increased making a trampoline a successful tool for weight loss. Please be advised that although the trampoline, like any other sport or exercise equipment, is considered safe, the safety rules and precautions should be observed.
The physical benefits resulting from trampolining rejuvenate the body and the mind. Endorphins are stimulated, producing positive mood enhancing natural chemicals. This helps overcome negativity and depression and produces a happier, more positive individual.
Combine all these benefits and there’s hardly room for argument. Trampolining is a great investment in your young and adolescent children. They may think they’re just having a great time jumping on the trampoline, but you know that their body and mind are getting a great workout.