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5 Profound Health Benefits of Trampoline Jumping (Updated)

The benefits of trampoline jumping go beyond just having fun! Using our trampoline expertise, discover five research-backed benefits of trampoline jumping.

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5 Profound Health Benefits of Trampoline Jumping (Updated)

The benefits of trampoline jumping go beyond having fun and burning off energy. 

In fact, there is tons of research that shows that trampolines can actually be a better alternative for a workout than running or hitting the gym!  

For kids and adults alike, trampoline jumping can serve a dual role as a fun outdoor activity and an effective platform to improve your overall health. 

At Springfree Trampoline, we believe in inspiring joyful moments for people of all ages with various goals, no matter if it’s a child that wants a trampoline for fun or yourself as an adult that wants to find a new avenue for exercise.  

Regardless of your goal when buying a trampoline, the benefits of trampoline jumping for adults and kids can be substantial.

Using our knowledge as trampoline innovators and manufacturers, we will go over five research-backed benefits of trampoline jumping to help you learn more about what a trampoline can do for your health. 

5 Benefits of Jumping on a Trampoline  

There is a long list of trampoline workout benefits, but we've found the ones below to be the most impactful:  

1. Improves Heart Health  and Cardiovascular System 

One of the major advantages to trampoline jumping is it can significantly improve your heart health and cardiovascular system. 

Trampoline jumping can help lower your resting heart rate, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, all important to maintaining a healthy heart, according to Exercise Coordinator Lori Lyons. 

Furthermore, it can help improve blood circulation---key to the cardiovascular system---while helping you train to better withstand energy-depleting activities. 

Did you know? Jumping on a trampoline for 20 minutes burns the same number of calories as running 6 mph (10 km/h) for the same amount of time, according to a study by the American Council of Exercise.   

2. Good for Joint Health 

The next advantage to trampoline jumping is that it’s low impact, which means it’s not as hard on your joints as running on a treadmill or playing sports like basketball or tennis.  

This is primarily due to the trampoline’s pliable surface, which absorbs much of the jumping and landing. Because the trampoline mat severs as an absorption pad, it prevents the jarring of ankles, knees and spine when you land. 

Some trampolines absorb the jumpers' impact better than others. For instance, the Springfree Trampoline Mat is 30 times more shock-absorbent than pads on spring trampolines. 

Did you know? The mat of a trampoline absorbs over 80% of the impact on your joints, according to Vuly.  

Little girl jumping in mid-air on a trampoline with her mom watching and smiling close by

3. Develops Balance and Coordination  

The importance of balance, especially as you get older, cannot be overstated and trampoline jumping can aid in training balance and coordination. 

As people age, so do their bones, which become more fragile and susceptible to injury. Regular trampoline jumping can help improve bone density, particularly in the hips and spine, which can lead to better levels of balance. 

This is corroborated by a study in the Journal of Sport and Health Science found that competitive trampolinists had “greater bone density, area, microarchitecture and estimated bone strength,” than the control variables of the experiment.  

While you don’t need to jump nearly as often as a competitive trampolinist, a regular weekly routine of trampoline jumping can net major results in balance and coordination. 

Did you know? A study by the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology showed that 14 weeks of mini-trampoline jumping increased the ability of seniors to regain their balance before falling by around 35%.  

4. Helps With Weight Loss  

Trampoline jumping also helps to burn calories, which can be correlated to losing weight.  

According to a study by Victor L. Katch at the University of Michigan, trampoline jumping can actually burn more calories than running.  

The study found that a 150-pound person burned more calories jumping on a trampoline for 12 minutes (82 calories) than running on a treadmill (71 calories) for the same period of time. 

Did you know? In the classic NASA Trampoline Study, they found that bouncing on a trampoline is 68% more effective than jogging and requires less effort.  

An athletic woman jumping in mid-air on a trampoline.

5. Improves Mental Health 

Beyond your physical health, trampoline jumping can also improve your mental well-being by serving as a fun way to alleviate stress.  

Any kind of workout—including jumping on a trampoline—releases endorphins, which are chemical signals in the brain associated with increased feelings of positivity and happiness.  

Because repeated jumping causes you to tense and release your muscles, it’s also great for circulation, according to Lyons.

This can result in feeling loose and nimble after trampoline jumping, which can naturally help increase your mood and mental state. 

Did you know? A person has, on average, 3.4 poor mental health days per month. Those who exercise, though, dropped the number of poor mental health days by over 40 percent, according to UCLA Health.  

Best Trampoline Exercises for All Skill Levels

Now that you’ve seen the health benefits of trampoline jumping, what kinds of exercises can you do on a trampoline?  

Here are five of our favorite trampoline exercises. These were taken from a previous article we wrote called "10 Quick & Easy Trampoline Exercises!"

1. Straight Jump 

  1. Starting point: stand straight with your feet on the trampoline and your arms raised straight above your head.
  2. Mid move: jump up in the air, holding a straight body position with your arms raised.
  3. Landing: land standing with your body straight and arms raised above your head.

2. Star Jump 

An athletic woman doing a star jump on a trampoline.

  1. Starting point: stand straight with your feet on the trampoline and your arms at your sides.
  2. Mid move: jump in the air, getting enough height to create a star position at the top of your bounce.
  3. Landing: land standing with your legs straight (like the starting point).

3. Swivel Hips 

  1. Starting point: stand straight with your feet on the trampoline and your arms at your sides.
  2. Mid move: jump up in the air, moving your legs forward into a seated position.
  3. Extra move: bounce on your bottom with your legs straight out in front and your palms down with fingers pointed toward your toes.
  4. Landing: after the bounce, perform a half twist and land facing the opposite direction.

4. Tuck Jump 

A boy doing a tuck jump on a trampoline.

  1. Starting point: stand straight with your arms at your sides.
  2. Mid move: jump up and while you're in the air, pull your knees to your chest, grasping your hands around your knees or ankles.
  3. Landing: land with your body straight and your arms straight above your head.

5. Seat Drop 

  1. Starting point: stand straight with your arms at your sides.
  2. Mid move: jump up in the air, moving your legs forward.
  3. Landing: land on your bottom with your legs straight out in front and your palms down with fingers pointed toward your toes

Which Type of Trampoline Is Right for You? 

Working out on a trampoline can yield significant results for your overall health, as evidenced by the many studies championing its benefits. 

You might be interested to know the different types of trampolines you can purchase for exercising. 

  • If you’re an adult and don’t have kids, your best bet is likely to buy a rebounder trampoline for exercising. Rebounders are more of a trampoline for adults.

You can find a rebounder online at many of the major retailers, such as Amazon, and they will likely be more cost-effective than a full-sized trampoline. 

  • If you have kids and they are interested in a trampoline, then you would be a fit to look into one of our Springfree Trampoline models.  

Our Springfree Trampolines have been tested and proven by independent research to be the safest, highest-quality and longest-lasting on the market.

Not only could your kids reap the fun and health benefits from trampoline jumping, but since our products come in various sizes, you can find one that is made for both kids and adults so you can achieve your fitness goals!

If you’re interested in looking at the different trampolines we offer, check out our article “Which Springfree Trampoline Is Right for You” to see all of the trampoline models with information to help you figure out whether one is right for your family. 

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