Low-Impact workout may not be one of those edgy sounding terms that conjures images of super athletes tearing up the gym, but it makes a world of difference in terms of how exercise affects your body.
Until you’ve been sidelined by an injury, it’s easy to feel like the end-all goal of every workout is to push your body to its limits. Then, for the first time, you get a knee or hip injury that won’t go away, and after a week of resting, it’s still bothering you, and you start to worry about your fitness future.
That’s when you learn one of the most important lessons about fitness; benefits and risks tend to compound. The things you do properly help you do other things even better, and the problems caused by mistakes can trickle outward and drag down every aspect of your routine.
If you want fitness to be a long-term way of life, low-impact workouts need to be a part of the equation.
So what is low-impact exactly?
Low-impact exercises are workouts that minimize the shock on your joints while maximizing the benefits of an aerobic workout. The idea is to find ways to elevate your heart-rate and build muscle without blowing out your ankles, knees, and hips, so that exercising doesn’t come at the cost of chronic joint pain.
And how does trampoline exercise fit into all of this?
Well you’ve probably guessed by now that trampoline exercise is a great low-impact workout, but you may be surprised at just how great of an option it really is.
When it comes to absorbing shock while giving you a full-body, aerobic workout, trampoline jumping isn’t just a fun option, it’s off-the-charts amazing.
Just ask NASA!
A study conducted by NASA (yes, that NASA!), compared running on a treadmill to trampoline exercise. They were exploring the best way for astronauts to rebuild their strength after prolonged living in environments without gravity, and the findings were astounding.
When it comes to your joints, the NASA study came to two main conclusions:
- Running puts twice as much shock on your lower joints than on the joints throughout your spine and neck.
- Trampoline jumping evenly spreads shock throughout all of your joints from your ankles to your neck, so that none of your joints experience the kind of significant shock that is most likely to cause damage long-term.
Not bad for bouncing around eh?
Now consider that trampoline jumping burns three times as many calories a minute as jogging with 80% less impact on your joints. These are not small figures! On trampolines, you’re avoiding all of that pain, while getting so much more out of your workout.
How can I make low-impact trampoline exercises a part of my workout plan?
Altitude Trampoline Parks offer loads of trampoline exercises and games that you can incorporate into your fitness routine.
Get your friends into extreme dodgeball: Exercise comes easy when you’re in the heat of competition.
Freestyle jump for fun: Even if you’re just having a good time; jumping is jumping. If you have kids, all the better! Everyone is having fun, and you’re burning calories.
Ready to lift-off? Book a jumping pass to get started today!