Balance, Coordination and Motor skills
Due to the unstable nature of trampoline surfaces, performing acts such as flips, somersaults or even just trying to bounce on the spot helps to develop a keen sense balance and coordination throughout the entire body. It even helps the brain construct neural synapses and pathways.
Repetitive bouncing on trampolines puts small amounts of stress on bones throughout the body. The small amounts of stress over time are enough to compress bones and in turn create a higher bone density, creating stronger bones and reducing risk of osteoporosis and other such ailments.
One of the main disadvantages of running is the amount of pressure and strain that can be placed on the lower limbs and joints, especially if an individual is overweight. Trampolines absorb most of the impact as the period of acceleration and deceleration is much greater than that of running where contact is made upon a surface with no give at all. In fact, trampolining takes up to 80% off the stress of weight bearing joints.
Not only does the physical act of jumping on trampolines make you feel more awake and alert by pumping oxygen into the lungs and brain, it also releases endorphins. Endorphins are the hormone produced within your body that induce natural pain relief and a greater sense of wellbeing. Trampolines have a relatively forgiving surface which accommodates all skill levels and helps boost self-confidence within individuals. These two factors accompanied with the sheer enjoyment factor of jumping is sure to help improve the mental state of most. Trampolining has even been used in some psychiatric facilities in the past to improve mental health.
Improved Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is responsible for collecting toxins in extracellular fluid from all around the body, but due to the fact that it isn’t connected to the heart, it has to rely on other ways of circulation. Recent research has discovered that the single most effective way of stimulating the lymphatic system is by jumping on trampolines, increasing flow as much as 15 times!
Whilst bouncing, every cell within the body begins to move up and down. In order to maintain their integrity and prevent harm coming to the contents, the cell membrane is forced to strengthen themselves.
Running is well renowned for its ability to improve the flow of oxygen from the heart to the lungs and the rest of the body. A recent study by NASA however, has stated that the effects of trampolining in terms of cardiovascular fitness when, compared to running with the same heart rate and oxygen consumption, yielded the same results after one third of the time. In effect, 10 minutes on a trampoline, equates to over 30 minutes running.