What are the benefits of trampoline workouts? Experts explain
While many stars speak poetically of their passion for Pilates, and others swear by their weekly spinning class routine, Eva Longoria has a different kind of exercise recommendation. For the old Desperate Housewives star, the perfect way to sweat it out is on her mini trampoline.
In his recent interview with women’s healththe big hotel producer – who uses workout routines from trampoline fitness studio Le Ness at least five days a week – explained his passion, “Bouncing on this trampoline is low impact, so you get a sweaty workout without all the knocks on your knees.”
Longoria is so attached to her routine that she even takes her trampoline with her when she travels. But is the trampoline really this great of a workout? Dr. Nina Shapiro, author of The ultimate kids’ guide to being super healthy and professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, gives him the stamp of approval.
“[Trampolining] is a great form of aerobic exercise because high-level activity can increase heart rate and even lead to sweating,” Shapiro told Yahoo Life. “Also, many people, especially those who may be reluctant exercise, find it great fun. This can really impact the overall benefits because if the activity is enjoyable and not dreaded, people will be more likely to do it more frequently and for longer periods of time. The rebound from bouncers, or mini trampolines, also relieves some of the strain on the joints, which can minimize injuries from overuse of activities such as running or jogging.”
Aly Giampolo, Founder and Method Director of The Ness, confirms that the mental health benefits are just one of the reasons clients like Longoria love their workouts.
“Among the many reasons people enjoy trampoline workouts, their inherent joy is at the top of the list,” she told Yahoo Life. “It’s almost impossible not to smile while you’re on a trampoline! Many of our clients find that as well as being joyful, trampolining like we do can be meditative even though the workout itself is very energetic. In our method, we sequence a series of different movements together to create a choreographed routine throughout the class. In doing so, clients not only get a high-intensity cardio rush, but they are able to remain completely present in their training by testing their coordination and memory skills.”
One thing that is up for debate, however, is whether the trampoline is really promotes lymphatic drainage — a process which, according to Health Line, accelerates the absorption and transport of lymphatic fluids that contain toxins, bacteria, viruses and proteins. It’s one of the perks that Longoria says keeps her bouncing back.
Shapiro explains, “While there may not be any specific link to improved lymphatic drainage from this activity, the overall benefits for cardiovascular health and fitness, as well as muscle building, will have secondary benefits for the lymphatic system. Those with sedentary lifestyles, and more particularly those living with obesity, tend to have poor lymphatic drainage, especially in the lower limbs.”
So how can you incorporate trampoline workouts into your own workout routine? Certified Personal Trainer Tony Coffeyowner of Bloom Training, told Yahoo Life that for many people, the trampoline might work better with other exercise because of its high-intensity nature.
“When you compare the trampoline trend to other popular cardio methods, you won’t find everything you can get out of it,” he explains. “Although you can burn more calories in the moment, you probably can’t trampoline for 20 or 30 minutes like a walk or a jog. I would use it more as a warm-up for your normal workout or workout routine. exercise, not the entire workout.. Optimally, I would combine this as a warm-up with any solid strength training routine to get your blood flowing and wake up your central nervous system before exercise.
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