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Is trampolining better for your health than running?

Just 10 minutes on the trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes of running.

January is a time of optimism for the year ahead with so much potential to make significant changes in our lives. If you are feeling the excess of the Christmas and New Year period, then now is the best time to consider the ease at which trampolining can aid in improving your fitness particularly when compared to other forms of exercise.

One of the single most important and most frequently quoted scientific research studies on trampolining was conducted in 1980 by NASA.

 The key findings for this study include the following:

  • Trampoline jumping more easily achieves achieve greater levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption when compared to running.
  • Trampolining is about 68% more effective at producing equivalent levels of oxygen uptake than running.
  • Whilst trampolining the development of body strength and conditioning was sometimes more than twice as efficient as running.
  • Whist jumping on a trampoline, the G-force was almost the same at all three points measured, the ankle, back, forehead and well below the rupture threshold of a normal healthy individual whereas, whilst running the G-force measured at the ankle was always more than twice the G-force measured at the back and forehead meaning that lower joints were placed under greater stress and exertion.

Trampolining is a vigorous aerobic workout, which means that it increases the rate at which your heart pumps blood, and therefore oxygen, around your body. This strengthens the muscles of your cardiovascular system boosting your oxygen levels in turn providing other benefits such as reduced tiredness.

The primary method by which the trampoline minimises the rupture on the joints and distributes the impact evenly is through the trampoline jumping pad and springs which is incredibly bouncy and soaks up a large amount of the impact of your landing meaning that your bones and joints are protected and strengthened at the same time. One reason to ensure that you replace your springs every few years depending on the hours of use they have received.

 Trampolining primarily works the leg muscles so in order to create a full body workout then try to incorporate some upper body movements such as star jumps or partial hand stands.

 However, there’s nothing you can do to get away from the fact that it is a high-risk activity. If you are bouncing on a trampoline, there is a risk of injury so please always ensure that the trampoline is well maintained and that you are not overloading the manufacturers stated maximum user weight for your trampoline size.