The Health Benefits of Jumping on a Trampoline

I'm so happy we were finally able to get the kids a trampoline this summer. It was a joint birthday gift for all the kids (and Mommy) and it has been worth every penny! The kids absolutely love jumping on it and it keeps them occupied and away from the t.v.

I love the size we got too because it is safe for younger children, has a net around it, a zipper that even our little guy can reach to zip himself in and is low enough to the ground that no one needs my help getting in. Ahhh...sigh of satisfaction.

In case you were wondering though, there are actually a lot of benefits to having a trampoline. For example, "jumping on a trampoline...gives muscles and joints great stimulation." It is also "particularly beneficial to the lymphatic system, which can be likened to the 'sewage system' of the body. It helps the body remove toxins naturally. The lympyhatic system has a different valve system than the cardiovascular system {and} needs to be stimulated via regular motion in order to flow properly. Trampoline jumping is especially good because of its 'anti-gravity' effects." source: Dr. Mom Online

"Jumping on a trampoline helps neurons make more connections....In fact, while the brain is being positively activated through jumping on the trampoline, it's the perfect time for learning! The brain is highly receptive in this state. It's a g eat opportunity for learning multiplication tables, state capitals, etc." (I even have our son go out and sit and gently bounce while doing math worksheets. source

"Movement, especially movement of the spinal joints and muscles, sends neurological input to the brain known as proprioception. This input triggers the brain to release 'happy, healthy' hormones like serotonin and dopamine which help with overall feelings of wellness, peacefulness, joy, attention and focus. Also, in the presence of proprioception, nocioception is 'down-regulated'--essentially, it means we don't feel pain as much, or anxiety, aggression depression." source

Jumping on a trampoline can burn energy and even help children release stress. If your children are practicing safe habits on a trampoline it is a great investment in the health of your child.

And, if you happen to live near one of the select locations of a Trampoline Park they look like a ton of fun! My son and I were looking at them on line and he wished he lived near one so he could go. I can only imagine how much fun our kids would have jumping on the 50 interconnected trampolines! 


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Melanie said...

what trampoline did you get? Looks like fun.

becky@purposefulhomemaking.com said...

My First Trampoline

Viv Sluys said...

I was going to ask the same thing! Thanks! My parents have a trampoline and my kids love it but if we get one for our place it would have to much smaller, like this one.

Bobby Jassos said...

Did you know a half an hour jog is equal to ten minutes of jump on a trampoline & it is much easier on your joints!?!! It really is a fun, healthy activity the entire family will enjoy for years to come. trampolines for kids

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