Stress can be caused by many things and, whilst a little stress is often normal and perhaps even helpful in motivating you to get things done, too much stress can give you headaches, stop you sleeping and contribute towards the risk of heart attacks, stroke and heat diseases. Many self help professionals claim to have all the answers which can help you alleviate stress, but the truth is that stress can be very persistent and meditation, breathing exercises and positive thinking exercises are not going to work for everyone.
It’s a well known fact that exercise can relieve stress, improve your mood and increase your general well being. Physical activity helps activate the production of endorphins, I.e. neurotransmitters which make you feel good, and in many cases these endorphins improve your mood, relieve stress and make you feel calm and even ‘high’. Exercise is also known to relax you, lower the symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve sleep and it can help you forget about your troubles.
The Health Benefits Of Trampolines
Using a trampoline or rebounder can be very beneficial for your health. Rebounding is a low impact form of exercise which can help you reap the benefits without putting unnecessary strain on your joints and in fact using a trampoline can help strengthen your joints, ligaments and tendons which can help strengthen the muscles of older people, reduce the risk of some forms of arthritis and osteoporosis, and even help astronauts improve their bone mass after a long time in zero gravity.
Jumping on a trampoline can also help strengthen the immune system and help your body destroy abnormal cells and fight infections and disease more effectively. It can also help your bod y remove toxins and effectively slow down the ageing process, jumping on a trampoline can help improve your posture, balance and coordination, and jumping on a trampoline can actually burn more calories than you would burn jogging on a treadmill.
Jumping on a trampoline can also reduce stress. We know that exercise in general can help improve your mood and reduce stress, but trampolines have an extra advantage because, unlike some other forms of exercise, they are fun. The feeling of jumping on a trampoline, whether it be a large outdoor trampoline or a small portable rebounder, is an enjoyable experience. We know that children tend to love jumping on trampolines, but as we get older we tend to assume that exercise has to be painful, monotonous and boring.
Jumping Is Fun
The idea that exercise equals pain is not only inaccurate but it can cancel out the long-term benefits of exercise because if you don’t enjoy it you’re less likely to keep it up. Exercises like jumping on a trampoline are fun and so you’re more likely to keep doing it because you actually enjoy the sensation. Rebounding/jumping naturally creates endorphins which can give you that ‘natural high’, and the extra fun of jumping can help heighten those existing benefits.
Fun activities like jumping up and down can also help distract your mind from the worries of every day life. If you’re focused on jumping you’re less likely to worry about the events of the day, and so in a similar way to meditation you will have time away from those thoughts which will help you deal with them later on.
Improves Mental Health
As exercise increases endorphins which tend to improve your mood, exercise is often recommended for people who are suffering from mild forms of depression or anxiety. Jumping on a trampoline can be even more beneficial for your mood than other types of exercise because it improves the flow of oxygen to your brain and body. This wakes you up, improves your concentration and focus and helps improve your mental health and makes you feel better, at least in the short term.
Jumping on a trampoline is a form of aerobic exercise, and aerobic exercises are known to actually reduce stress hormones in the body. If you are reducing stress hormones on one hand and increasing your endorphins in the other than you should be able to reap even more benefits!
Helps You Sleep
Exercising can also improve your sleep and help battle insomnia. If you are stressed out ad it’s stopping you getting a good nights sleep then you’re stress levels are likely to rise, whereas a well rested night can help you subconsciously assess your worries and wake up feeling more relaxed and in control.
Easy & Convenient
Some people find the prospect of going to the gym pretty stressful and, as they may feel self conscious or ill at ease whilst they are at the gym, this can make it harder for the individual to enjoy their workout. The good thing about trampolines is that, whilst you can use find them in some gyms and you can also attend trampoline classes and events, many people have a trampoline at home.
You may either purchase an outdoor trampoline, which has the extra benefits of getting you outside in the fresh air, or an indoor rebounder which is convenient, portable and very easy to set up and use. The ability to exercise where and when you want can encourage you to keep up your exercise regime, and as you are doing it from the comfort of your own home there is no stress, fear or embarrassment.
Lastly, jumping on a trampoline is an easy, low impact form of exercise which is known to help the user lose weight, work out their upper and lower body, and improve their general health and fitness levels. This in turn can help improve your confidence and make you feel better about yourself.