Some of the best childhood memories I have were spending hours and hours of jumping on our trampoline in the backyard with neighbors and friends. We played, we jumped, we gossiped, and even napped on that trampoline when we got too tired. Even rain cannot stop us from jumping as the water made the trampoline into a makeshift slip-n’-slide which amazingly doubled the fun!
By today’s standards, however, that trampoline should never have existed: no net, no pads on the springs and the springs themselves were as rusty as rusty could be. In spite of all that, I survived that trampoline. No injuries, no broken bones, no tetanus! Just loads of fun, good times, and fond memories, along with all the exercise a kid could ever need.
In these modern times of cellphones, computers, and all those gadgets plus what I think is the greatest distraction of all time, which is the internet, exercise seems to be fading more and more into the background. Even playing in the backyard with friends looks like it’s a thing of the past.
I have been trampolining since I was 8 years old, so now that I have kids of my own, I want to introduce them to a workout routine that will be so enjoyable that they’d forget, even for a while, their tablets and laptops. A workout that is so much fun it has been described by some people as “exercise in disguise”!
Trampolining has tons of benefits. Studies have shown that you burn more calories jumping on a trampoline than jogging, without putting too much stress and pressure on your joints, feet and legs. It also improves your cardiovascular system so blood and oxygen circulation is also improved.
Trampolining tones and firms up the legs, thighs, abdomen, arms and hips; reduces body fat; improves balance and posture; strengthens the skeletal system, and increases bone mass.
In addition to these benefits, trampolining has been known to improve flexibility, self-esteem, coordination, and motor skills in children.
If you are trying to lose weight with strength training and weight lifting, the monotony of these types of workout can be broken by trampolining. It has even been proven that greater results have been achieved when combining bouncing on a trampoline with standard weight loss exercise regimen.
Apart from all of these, I think the most important reason for me to get kids on a trampoline is that it is so much fun! And having your own trampoline in your very own backyard is a blast! All the exercise my kids and I need and all the fun and good times we can share anytime we want in the comfort and safety of our home! Plus you can never go wrong taking in all that fresh air and sunshine, too!
I am very grateful to my parents for that Christmas gift of a trampoline when I was 8 years old. It turned our backyard into a fun zone for me and my friends. I cannot forget the laughter that echoed throughout, the friendships that have been formed and the love for exercise that we have developed at that young age; which has spilled over into our adulthood, and enabled us to continue not only our quest for keeping fit but also the bond that has been keeping us together through all of these years.
I want my kids to have that chance of finding their forever friends who will be with them through thick and thin, and I would love to hear them tell everyone that it all started with a trampoline in our backyard.