Mini trampolines are not just for kids. Many fitness studios feature mini trampolines because of the various cardiovascular exercises that can be performed on them. Jumping on a mini trampoline raises the heart rate and promotes your aerobic fitness, which results in burning calories and can help shed unwanted pounds.
Aerobic fitness classes that incorporate mini trampolines have become more popular over the years. This is because of the many various exercises and movements that can be done, which keeps a routine exciting. Not only can working out on a mini trampoline be fun, but it also improves physical fitness and can help promote weight loss. The types of rebounding exercise movements you can do include in-place running and sprints, jump rope style, lateral ski, as well as shadow boxing movements, such as hooks and jabs.
The amount of energy expenditure and overall work performed during a mini trampoline routine is comparable to that of treadmill running. According to data from a study conducted by doctors associated with Compatible Health Systems, rebounding on a mini trampoline produced similar results in increased cardiorespiratory fitness, caloric expenditure and kinesthetic awareness, as running on a treadmill. Combined with a healthy diet of restricted caloric intake, about 30 minutes a day of rebounding can result in weight loss.
The mini trampoline may be a good alternative if you have joint problems. The rebounding effect of a mini trampoline absorbs and lessens the impact placed on your joints. This can help reduce the risk for injuries, like shin-splints and tendinitis, which are commonly associated with high-impact exercises, such as running. Focus on your body, however, when rebounding and stop immediately if you feel in any discomfort in your joints or bones.
Safety concerns over the use of trampolines are numerous. The risk for head and neck injuries, as well as strains, sprains and fractures, has prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics to recommend to never use trampolines at home. If possible, only use a mini trampoline at a fitness studio during cardio or gymnastics classes, where a certified trainer is on hand. If you do decide to use a mini trampoline at home, be sure to follow all the safety rules set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The rules should be included with any trampoline that is for sale.
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