Here's How You Can Use A Trampoline To Stay Fit

If you think the sole purpose of trampolines is for young kids to blow off some energy in the backyard, think again. Individual trampolines have recently gained traction in the fitness industry for being a tool for full-body cardio workouts known as rebounding. Rebounding is said to be a low-impact but high-yield form of cardio, working your entire body at once (via Vogue). Let's take a deeper dive into understanding it.

Colette Dong, co-founder of The Ness, a New York City based trampoline-cardio studio, told Vogue, "Rebounders are usually smaller and firmer, which allows for a better bounce when compared to a larger trampoline you might see outdoors." While those expensive Peleton bikes may be all the fitness rage now, rebounders are a cheaper but equally effective alternative when it comes to workout equipment. Their price ranges anywhere from $100 to $1000 dollars — even at its highest, it's still cheaper than most exercise equipment (via Verywell Fit).

While you can attend in-person studios and virtual classes, the internet also houses several free rebounding exercises to help increase your heart rate and tone your muscles. In addition to merely bouncing up and down while listening to your favorite podcast, some suggested exercises on the rebounder include jumping jacks, squat jumps, butt kicker jumps, single-leg bouncing, box jumps, and more (via Healthline).

Health benefits of rebounding

Rebounding is not only a fun workout, it also boasts some pretty great health benefits. A 2016 study demonstrated that competitive trampolinists had higher bone densities and stronger bone structures in their hips and spine when compared to non-trampolinists.

Rebounding has also been found to improve mood, balance, and coordination and promote weight loss. While this form of exercise may not seem feasible for everyone, it does have some perks. Jumping may seem scary but rebounding is actually a low-impact exercise. Trampolines can have a lot of "give," depending on the type you use, to which Dong says, "... hard surfaces like roads and sidewalks don't have a lot of give, so they have higher impact on the joints." Rebounding offers serious results at low impact "because it protects your joints without sacrificing the work for your muscles," she went on to say. Rebounding is truly an exercise safe for people of all ages. In fact, 75-year old actress Goldie Hawn was seen on social media last year working out on her trampoline.

So whether you're bored with your current routine or just looking to add a little fun to your day, jumping on your trampoline will help boost your mind and body!