6 Ways a Rebounder Trampoline Helps You Lose Weight

Should you add this kids' birthday party staple to your fitness routine?

From a modest one in the rec room to a massive one in the backyard that’s the envy of the whole neighborhood, the trampoline has long been a staple among children’s playthings. But recently, this bouncy basic has expanded beyond the realm of kids’ birthday parties and into…fitness? Yup.

Though it’s sometime rebranded as a “rebounder,” there’s no mistaking the fact that the fitness trampoline is now officially a thing. But is it a thing you should try? Here are 6 reasons why you might want to add some bounce to your workouts:

1. It’s great for your joints.

Jumping on a trampoline is a low-impact exercise, since the trampoline’s surface moves with you, reducing the force exerted on your body when you land. So if you have knee or hip issues, or if you’re a regular runner looking to give your body a break with some gentler exercises, it’s a great choice.

2. It’s killer cardio.

Make no mistake – low-impact doesn’t mean low-intensity: jumping up and down on the trampoline still delivers great cardiovascular benefits. In fact, the jumping motion has a lot in common with plyometric exercises (think explosive movements like jump squats or burpees), which are among the best exercises for improving speed, strength, and muscle growth. A study by NASA even found that bouncing on a trampoline for 10 minutes was 68% more effective for the cardiovascular system than 30 minutes of jogging.  

3. It improves your balance.

The nature of trampolining requires you to continually land and regain balance. On top of that, you never land in exactly the same way or with the same distribution of weight, and no two bounces have the exact same amount of force, so your body is forced to continually adjust and re-center itself. This makes all those small, stabilizing muscles work overtime and is excellent for improving balance, coordination, and core strength!

4. It builds your bones.

Though bouncing is indeed low-impact, it’s not no impact. The gentle landing motion puts a moderate stress on your bones, which encourages them to build up mineral content and increase density.

5. It helps you detox.

Jumping is great for the lymphatic system, which is responsible for carrying toxins out of your body. The lymph system is powered by gravity and body movement, and can certainly function decently on its own, but the up and down movement of the trampoline gives it an extra boost that helps your body purge toxins, waste, and bacteria.

6. It’s fun.

There’s a reason kids get so excited about trampolines – they’re really, really fun. As adults, many of us are under the misconception that if you’re not miserable during your workout, it’s ineffective, but this is totally off base. In fact, loving your workout means that you’re far more likely to do it and stick with it! So channel your inner 6-year-old and get bouncing!

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Make it WayBetter

How else can you add fun to your fitness routine? Think of exercises, music, people, even games that you can integrate to tap into your inner child and make working out FUN!