Achieving that dream body doesn’t have to involve hours slogging away on the treadmill. Trampolining is an excellent way of toning the body and improving your overall fitness and strength. Trampolines provide a unique and fun workout that engages and tones the entire body.
What is toning?
Toning is a word people use to describe losing fat to achieve more muscle definition and a slender appearance. There is a misconception that toning can only be achieved through intense workouts and lifting weights.
In fact, cardiovascular activity achieved through a workout like trampolining is essential in getting rid of that ‘jiggly’ fat. If you are looking to get toned, then you are looking to get rid of excess fat and get a more supple or tighter body. When looking to tone up, people are generally aiming to lose excess fat around the stomach, thighs and arms.
3 Benefits of trampolining for toning
The benefits of trampolining go far beyond that childhood rush you get from bouncing high into the air! Trampolining burns fat, increases muscle tone, improves digestion and reduces stress. This low-impact, high-intensity cardiovascular workout burns calories, improves coordination and balance as well as helping to increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
1. Trampolining for weight loss
To lose weight and tone the body, you need to be build muscle through resistance training and cardio. Trampolining combines the two, making it a great alternative to high-impact sports like running or skipping. Jumping on the trampoline raises the heart rate and works all muscle groups while being safe for joints.
2. Improve gut health
The up and down motion of jumping on a trampoline stimulates the stomach muscles and contracts and relaxes the digestive tract. Researchers also believe that bouncing helps to flush toxins out of the body and in turn, boosts immunity and improves digestion and circulation.
3. Stress relief
Bouncing increases blood flow which helps the body to release those feel-good endorphins. Trampolining is a fun way to reduce stress, depression and anxiety. The greatest benefit of trampolining is that it’s for everyone regardless of age or fitness level!
Trampoline exercises for toning
Trampolining as a form of exercise has become legitimized by the rise of fitness centres incorporating trampolines as part of an ongoing workout routine. Establishments such as Bounce and FlipOut are making trampolining accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. The great advantage of trampolining is that you can easily do your exercise routine at home with your own trampoline.
Cardio and strength workout on the trampoline
To reap the full benefits of the trampoline and to achieve a well-toned body, incorporate both cardio and resistance training in your exercise routine. To start, stand tall on your trampoline, shoulder-width apart and begin walking on the spot, slowly increasing the pace.
For a great high-intensity workout, march or bounce on the spot as fast as you can for 40 seconds then slow-walk or lightly bounce for 20 seconds. Rest and repeat for five minutes. After this quick yet effective cardio blast, you can then try some resistance exercises such as performing a 30-60 second plank (you will need an exercise trampoline or an in-ground trampoline for performing planks or push ups) and follow with 12-15 reps of squats on the mat.
By performing a squat on the trampoline mat your body will be working extra hard to maintain balance and as a result, will engage more muscles while keeping the core contracted leading to proper form and a stronger foundation. Follow this with 12-15 reps of oblique twists or crunches and 12-15 reps of bird-dog extensions to tone the entire body.
Bounce your way to your health goal
Trampolining is a fun and easy way to tone and shape the body. Jumping on a trampoline promotes an overall improvement of both body and mind by losing weight, building muscle and increasing happiness. It’s an exercise regimen you’re certain to stick to because of its built-in pleasure factor!
Richard Haby is the owner of Oz Trampolines. He’s been designing and selling trampolines since 2007 after seeing a need for higher quality products and increased safety in the industry. He is the author of “The Friendly Fitness Series” and “Full of Bounce”, two books to ensure children can continue to make fun memories of jumping on a trampoline whilst being safe