Jumping Trampolines

Written by Patricia Skinner
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It is generally accepted that a certain level of exercise is necessary for good health. Unfortunately, most of us are suffering from our exceedingly sedentary lives. Cars, modern conveniences and even fast food mean that if we don't set out to do so, we can pass many hours during the day hardly moving at all.

This chronic inactivity can have an insidious and pervasive effect on many areas of our lives, and not just our physical health. Studies at several universities in the 1970s revealed that lack of exercise can lead to depression, and that taking up exercise can reverse the process. In fact, exercise can be more effective at dispelling depression than antidepressants.

Trampoline Exercise

Apart from anything else, exercise brings an element of play into our lives. It can even be elating under the right circumstances. Feeling the freedom that exercise brings, and experiencing laughter and play on a regular basis can keep us young in spirit as well as in body.

In addition to keeping us happy and healthy, the right kind of exercise can also keep us younger looking. Whatever exercise we choose needs to stimulate the entire body on the level of muscles, blood circulation and lymph circulation. Failure to bring all three body systems into play can lead to flaccidity, pallor and weakness.

The Handy Trampoline

Many health authorities recommend trampolines for anyone who needs exercise (and who doesn't). From the very young to the very old, the right trampoline can provide a simple and easy-to-use method of keeping fit and healthy. A trampoline can have some pretty unexpected benefits as far as the way your appearance as well.

You'd expect bouncing to firm up your muscles, and it does. It can also banish, or at least improve, any level of edema. Stimulating the lymph system can help the body to process wastes and reduce the level of fluids kept in the cells. Perhaps even more surprising, it has been found that regular use of a trampoline can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even reduce eye bags. These effects are probably due to the stimulation of the lymph glands as much as to the increased oxygenation of skin tissue that comes with the improved blood circulation.

Trampoline Exercise for the Sick or Disabled

For anyone who is seriously disabled or recovering from an illness, a trampoline can provide gentle movement in an ingenious way. If the person can be placed on the trampoline, another person can bounce gently and the action will provide the stimulation necessary to stretch the seated person's muscles and get his or her lymph circulation working. This can bring very real benefits and can shorten the period of convalescence.

Taken in this context it is easy to see how a trampoline can provide just the right level of exercise for anyone who has been sedentary for a long period of time. If you decide to buy one though, make sure you pick the right model. Here's a quick look at what you need to look for.

Getting a Quality Trampoline

To begin with, try before you buy. Not all trampolines have the same bounce. Some are enjoyable and some bring you up with a jolt. If you don't enjoy it, you simply won't use it. You may need to buy a bigger model to get the right kind of bounce so that you'll keep coming back for more.

It goes without saying that you should inspect your chosen model for road-worthiness. You need heavy duty springs and a jumping mat that's not going to give way. For the larger model trampolines these points are especially important because injuries can be sustained if the parts are not particularly sturdy. Make sure that the bars around the edge are well padded just in case you should lose your balance.

Try and make sure that you cater to the unexpected, particularly if children are going to use your trampoline. You might think that the extra expense is unwarranted when buying a trampoline, but as with anything else, you get what you pay for. Quality will last you for years and provide fun as well as activity.

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