Trampoline activity might seem like it’s just for kids and teenagers, and at first you can see why, since so many kids like to try and do tricks or just bounce like crazy without worrying. Well, anyone can trampoline — even seniors. Before you take grandma to the trampoline park, though, consider a mini-trampoline. This is a low-stress version of a trampoline park, and many even come with a handle hold for stability, ideal for people just starting.
‘Rebounding’ on a trampoline is a unique low-impact form of exercise that provides the significant health benefits of traditional exercise, just without the stress on joints and muscles that can sometimes make traditional forms of exercise uncomfortable. It’s exactly as it sounds — you jump on the trampoline and try to keep the motion going. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to jump vigorously and set a pace for yourself you can’t maintain; as long as you keep rebounding, you’re doing great.
Walking is the primary form of exercise for seniors, although great exercise it can become difficult as the body ages and movements become more limited. On the other hand, exercising on a trampoline, with its flexible, forgiving, and gentle rebounding action eliminates the stress in joints and muscles. This helps seniors continue to enjoy the important benefits of exercise without pain or stress. Expending a similar amount of energy while rebounding on a trampoline significantly reduces the amount of the pressure generated and therefore reduces the stress on joints and muscles. Exercising on a mini-trampoline reduces the impact pressure on the feet and legs by 83%.
In addition to these important health benefits, trampoline exercise is a lot of fun! It’s something that can easily be done in groups, and while many may miss walking at first, they won’t miss the stress from it.