Trampolines - the fun way for your kids to get exercise

Monday 3rd September 2018

It can be hard to get your kids to play outdoors these days with video games, TV and technology drawing them into their own little silos of indoor entertainment. As a parent, you’re probably trying everything you can to get your kids playing outside so they can get exercise and much-needed vitamin D, but have you considered investing in a trampoline? It could be just the thing you need to get your kids excited about playing outside.

Exercising While Having Fun

Bouncing on a trampoline is so much fun, that it doesn’t even feel like exercise. That means your kids get exercise without feeling like they’re exercising. But kids can get so much more out of trampolines than pure fitness. Jumping on a trampoline is also such a great form of play, allowing your child’s imagination to run wild as they explore their creativity and play pretend.

But we still can’t understate the importance of exercise here. Did you know that bouncing on a trampoline is even more effective than running on a treadmill for the same period of time? The American Council of Exercise conducted a study which confirmed that a 20-minute workout on a trampoline burns the same number of calories as running 10 km/h for the same length of time.

Stronger Muscles

Studies have shown that a 15 to 20 minutes of jumping on a trampoline is a very efficient way of building muscle. In fact, NASA discovered the benefits of trampolines for improving bone density and muscle loss in astronauts by using trampolines as a form of therapy after they returned from space. Trampoline therapy is still used for astronauts today to help build up their muscle strength.

 The resulting G-force when bouncing on a trampoline means the muscles in your legs need to work harder to rebound, which makes it a great form of exercise to help with strength. So, if you’re worried about your kids not building enough muscle and lacking strength, a trampoline is a great way to help with this.

Get Your Joints Moving

There are plenty of sports and activities out there that will get your joints moving, but most are high impact, and there’s a risk of damage through overexertion. By investing in a trampoline, not only do your kids get to work their joints safely but the slow and steady bouncing motion can also be beneficial to your child’s joint health. In fact, trampolines are often used for knee injury rehabilitation. With a trampoline, it’s possible to exercise for a longer period of time for an equivalent level of exertion, thus giving the joints more of a workout.

Low Exertion

Everyone would agree that jumping on a trampoline is incredibly easy. While this activity is considered to be moderate to vigorous intensity exercise, people actually rated their exertion at a light to moderate intensity level. This means the workout gained while bouncing on a trampoline feels a lot less strenuous and difficult than it should. Because this form of exercise has no specific skill set required, it’s also incredibly easy to get started unlike other forms of exercise and sport.

Improved Energy and Mood

Exercise makes you feel good and is great for your mental health – helping you to maintain positive and healthy brain activity. Exercise produces endorphins that improve relaxation and helps to boost the body’s immune system. If standard forms of exercise or sports don’t interest your child, encouraging them to exercise on a trampoline is bound to be better than nothing.

Bouncing on a trampoline is safe

If you’ve been holding back on buying a trampoline because you’re worried about how safe they are, you’ll be pleased to know that a lot has changed since the trampolines we grew up with in the 80s and 90s. New technology and innovations have resulted in trampolines being safer than ever.

Vuly Play is one such company who have developed springless safe-edge trampolines. In Vuly trampolines, the perimeter of the bouncing matt is also surrounded by durable mesh to keep your kids bouncing safely without the risk of falling off.

So many families throughout Australia have a trampoline in their backyard for their kids to enjoy. So, with safety concerns out of the way, if you want your kids to play outdoors more, making a trampoline purchase is certainly worth considering