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TRAMPOLINING. BOUNCE YOUR WAY TO FITNESS!

TRAMPOLINING. BOUNCE YOUR WAY TO FITNESS!

Remember those bouncy castles from childhood? Wishing you could still have that much fun? The latest version of trampolining could be just what you are looking for.

WHERE CAN I GO TRAMPOLINING?

There is always the bouncy castle and a few friends, but this isn’t really practical for most of us. The big garden trampolines sold for children can be used by adults, but need outdoor space and good weather.

Mini trampolines are a more practical alternative, and are used in fitness classes. You can also have one at home, although if you live in a flat best use it when the neighbours are out!

To solve this problem, trampolining parks  are opening all over the UK. As well as fitness classes, they offer trampoline obstacle and bounce courses. Who could resist?

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Half an hour on a trampoline will give you an excellent cardiovascular workout. The bouncy surface protects joints against impact injuries but still gives you the benefits of weight-bearing exercise.

Trampolining is particularly good for leg muscles, and because it is so much fun it often doesn’t feel like hard exercise. Rest assured that you will know about it next day.

WHAT DO I WEAR?

For fitness trampolining, you should wear supportive trainers rather than jump barefoot. Most ladies will also need a sports bra for obvious reasons. Apart from that, standard t-shirt and shorts or leggings is all you need.

IS TRAMPOLINING RISKY?

Some care is needed, although under instruction on a mini-trampoline the risk of injury should be low. The main risk is landing on something hard, so if you have your own trampoline make sure it is secure and well padded. For fitness trampolining, don’t jump too high. This means that you can control where you land and also increases the intensity of the workout.

Better still, get in touch with your gym or nearest trampoline park. For a stress-busting, fun and tough workout, you can’t beat the bounce!

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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