Rebounding for Everyone29.12.2012
by Life Enthusiast Staff
For Seniors and Extreme Sports Training Too
While jumping on a mini trampoline, every muscle in your body works - every tissue, organ, bone and cell too - as it reacts to the forces of acceleration, deceleration and weightlessness. You become more aware how your body works in three-dimensional space, improving spatial awareness with every jump.
- You can slip and regain balance, instead of falling down.
- Or you can amp-up your athletic performance.
Rebounding stimulates your proprioceptors - the sensory receptors in muscles, tendons, joints and inner ear, that detect motion and positioning of your body or a limb, in response to stimuli. Developing your proprioceptive system is key to improving your athletic ability, as it controls your reaction time to changing conditions.
Trampoline exercise improves your reaction time and balance like no other method of training.
Rebounding for Mental AND Physical Conditioning
- Physical conditioning shows as stronger muscles and bones.
- Mental conditioning shows as improved response time, and accurate compensation (staying balanced - not falling down).
This combination of mental and physical conditioning forces your body to understand its position in space, enabling you to remain balanced and responsive, no matter what changes occur in your terrain - whether it's skiing down a mountain, or simply walking into old age.
AND... the stronger you are, the more fat you burn - even at rest!
No other gym apparatus can do so much!
Rebounding Strengthens Your Arms, Core and Legs
Your mini trampoline has an exercise to work every part of you. Rebounding is one of the best forms of activity - high energy, low-impact exercise that relieves stress and helps you lose pounds.
Firm-up the flappy part.
Part of a total body workout is concentrating on other key muscles groups like your upper body and core abdominal muscles.
Fight the belly bulge.
People's abdomens are usually a problem area and abdominal crunching is one of the best ways to target this muscle group. However uncomfortable crunches may be on a mat, a fitness trampoline relieves pressure on your lower back, making all core exercises more enjoyable. That's means you will do more of them.
Leg and @$$ Exercises
Firm your booty.
Your @$$ and legs have the biggest muscles on your body and when weak, they can weigh you down. Rebounding will strengthen every muscle (organ, tissue and bone too), increasing your metabolism to lose weight, improve coordination and balance, lower your cholesterol and have more energy.
Why Care About Balance?
Balance exercises can have an immediate impact on the health and well being of the actively aging. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013:
- There were 2.5 million emergency room visits for nonfatal falls in the 65 and over age bracket.
- Over 700,000 of these visits resulted in hospitalization.
- The direct cost of these falls was estimated to be $34 billion.
- 20-30% of these falls will result in moderate injuries that keep the active aging from being mobile and inhibit physical fitness.
These statistics show the importance of maintaining and increasing your balance and strength.
Rebounding to Train Year Round
Wouldn't it be great to start your season and not feel rusty? You don't have to be out of shape when your sport's new season begins. When the weather keeps you inside, or your sport is out of season, rebounding will keep you fit.
More rebounding during the off-season means your athletic performance will be exhilarating instead of frustrating.
Get the tremendous advantages of physical fitness all year long. Rebounding workouts increase your strength, stamina, tune-up your coordination, balance, and spatial awareness - all are important for better athletic performance, and healthy aging.
Basic Balance Exercises for Seniors
1. Stand up straight with your feet a few inches apart. Put your arms over your head palms touching.
2. Lift one foot up a few inches, balancing on your other leg and hold for as long as you can. Five seconds is a good start - aim for 30 seconds.
3. Lower your foot to the starting position.
4. Repeat with the other leg and this completes one repetition.
5. If you can, repeat once or twice more.
6. When you're ready, challenge yourself and try this exercise on a JumpSport Fitness Trampoline.
Trampolines for Extreme Sports Training
The Pros Do It!
If professional athletes do it, you can be assured it's going to increase athletic performance, and trampolines can provide this advantage for you too.
Trampolines are used at the world-renowned extreme sports training facility Camp Woodward, to enable athletes to repeat actions (like twisting somersaults) in a controlled and safe way, eliminating the threat of injury. This has a very positive effect on their creativity and confidence too.
Trampolines allow the skier, snow, skate, wake or kite boarder to recreate airborne weightlessness, and learn new tricks faster and safely.
The world's best athletes are acutely aware of their bodies, and very much in tune with how their bodies work and react to the world around them. That's why trampolines are used by professional athletes, coaches, college athletic departments, and Olympic development programs, for nearly every sport.
Just like these extreme athletes, you can build your strength, stamina and confidence too.
Rebounding and Skiing
Begin training early, or just stay conditioned for the slopes in the off-season.
The vertical compression and decompression of rebounding mimics the motion of skiing, by flexing your hamstrings and contracting your quadriceps, as you bend into your tuck position.
Just like the ever-changing mountain slopes, rebounding muscle movements are random because no two trampoline jumps are the same, specifically helping to develop your spatial awareness. Your body automatically adjusts to maintain balance through the acceleration, deceleration and weightlessness every time you bounce - and all your cells work to respond, practicing for quicker reaction time for each impact.
Rebounding to improve the condition of middle-aged skiers can be especially helpful to keep up with teenagers. You'll have a lot less muscle fatigue and soreness, and a lot more fun.
Rebounding to Cross Train
Training for every sport focuses on strengthening and refining the athlete's balance, rhythm, coordination and spatial awareness. Trampoline exercise is one of the few methods that can develop all of these fundamental abilities simultaneously, making it one of the most efficient and valuable methods of developing athletic skill.
Rebounding can benefit athletes - and the not so athletic people - of all ages and abilities.
Cross-training with mini trampolines will turn good athletes into great athletes!
If you want higher athletic performance, or you just want to feel more balanced when walking, make sure that rebounding is part of your life.