Trampoline Exercise for Seniors
Get all the benefits of exercise without the stress
For seniors, trampoline exercise using a mini-trampoline (or rebounder as they are also called), is one of the best forms of exercise known today. Rebounding on a mini-trampoline is a unique low-impact form of exercise that provides all of the healthful benefits of traditional exercise, but without the stress on joints and muscles that can sometimes make traditional exercising uncomfortable.
Walking is typically the primary form of exercise for seniors. Although it is excellent exercise when there are no restrictions, it can become difficult as bodies age and movements become limited. Exercising on a trampoline, however—with its flexible, forgiving, and gentle rebounding action—eliminates the stress on joints and muscles, enabling seniors to continue to enjoy the important benefits of exercise without pain or stress.
Trampoline exercise is better for seniors than walking
To illustrate: While walking, a 150 lb. person generates an average of 570 lbs. of pressure that the foot and leg must absorb. Expending a similar amount of energy while rebounding on a trampoline significantly reduces the amount of the pressure generated and therefore reduces the stress on joints and muscles. According to the findings of a University of Utah study on this subject, exercising on a mini-trampoline reduces the impact pressure on the feet and legs by 83%. In other words, using the 150 lb. person example, the 570 lbs. of pressure produced by walking is reduced to 97 lbs. when using a mini-trampoline.
Rebounding is great exercise. It forces the body to compensate for its location in space, therefore calling upon every muscle group to respond: legs, arms, and core. While much of the response occurs naturally without a lot of obvious effort, the body reacts with every rebound, thereby strengthening the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems, and improving balance, coordination, and spatial awareness in the process. Rebounding exercise also stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems, improving circulation and the body's ability to remove wastes, toxins, and fats.
Feel healthier and younger
In addition to these important health benefits, trampoline exercise is a lot of fun! Everyone naturally loves the sensations of flying and weightlessness. Maybe this is why kids start jumping almost the minute they learn to walk. For seniors, especially, rebounding can be incredibly freeing, eliminating the earthbound feel that sometimes comes with age and recapturing a bit of their youth.