Jumping on the Mini-trampoline, 30 Days Later

Last month, I sort of made a commitment to jump on the mini-trampoline for 30 days, and now I am here to report the results: 12 days of jumping / 30 days = 100% success in my book. I’m happy because I decided that 30 days of anything is a bore and 30 days of one exercise constitutes over-doing it. This is what else I found:

Jumping is Fun
There’s a reason why kids like bouncy castles and jumping on the bed. I am outta here if it’s not fun.

Jumping Uses the Upper Body
It’s not easy to find an aerobic activity that engages the upper body, but with the jumping jacks, upper body twists, basket ball hops, and others, I’m working harder than I would on the treadmill or bike.

Jumping is Plyometric
Pylometerics are the single most important kind of exercise you can do to strengthen the bones. With plyometrics, the muscles are repeatedly employed, rapidly stretched (“loaded”) and then contracted, as in jumping high off the ground or in push-ups with a clap between. Jumps (two feet), hops (one foot) and bounds (taking off on one foot and landing on the other) are all plyometric moves on the mini-trampoline.

Jumping Aggravates Stress Urinary Incontinence
Not that I have it, but I can see where jumping and running would cause urine to leak, especially in aging boomer females who are mothers. I learned that, before jumping, it’s important to empty the bladder and not to forget that Kegels call.

Jumping is No Substitute for Daily Hip Exercises
As I’ve explained, I met my lifetime sitting quota while working in the corporations and now I have to undo the damage to my hips. I swear that without these hip exercises from my favorite About.com guide, the Guide to Sports Medicine, I would be in perpetual pain, but with them, I am fine.

Jumping Helps Skating; Skating Helps Hips
Last week, I went ice skating and I remembered how good it is for the hips, the glutes and the groin. My ice skating is enhanced by the cardio workout, plyometrics and balance involved in jumping on the mini-trampoline. And, I hope my bones are strong in case I fall. New commitment: I plan to skate once a week followed by a Hot Toddy and an epsom salt bath.

And so, I’ve changed my commitment to match my reality: 2-3 days a week of jumping on the mini-trampoline (from JumpSport Fitness), plus walking for transportation, Pilates twice a week, passive stretching, some ice skating, and stuff for my hips. Now there’s no time for anything else. How’s that for commitment?

Your thoughts:  What’s your commitment to healthy movement?

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16 thoughts on “Jumping on the Mini-trampoline, 30 Days Later

  1. I bought the bellicon and then let it sit in the workout room cuz someone told me jumping makes your face sag! Well I am out of shape and have a middle age mid section that makes me look pregnant so I decided to start jumping. I thought I needed instruction. I thought I needed a video! You DONT! Just turn on the tv or put on some music and start bouncing! I wear my I watch and it’s tracking my movement and that is very very inspiring by itself! Plus I sweat a lot and that makes me feel like I’m burning more calories than when I take long walks that take more than twice the time to burn same calories!! I am learning new moves just by doing it and seeing how my body feels. I make adjustments for back pain etc. I have never looked forward to ANY exercise as much as this. Getting a tracking device is very helpful!

  2. Is it okay to exercise w/a trampoline with plantar fasciitis? I don’t want to do more damage but still want to get in a good cardio workout without the stress on my feet.

    • That’s a question for your doctor or physical therapist; however, I would say no. People with plantar fasciitis are usually advised to swim or ride a bike for a cardio workout.

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  5. Actually I have stress Incontinence and bladder irritability. My Urologist told me doing things like jumping rope is good exercise to strengthen those muscles. So I think this would be good for you.

  6. I never even thought about the connection between jumping on a trampoline and the coordination involved with other activities, like skating! It’s easy enough as an adult get involved with jumping on a trampoline. It’s just too bad that they can be so dangerous for children who aren’t really aware of the potential harm that can incur, because it’s SUCH good exercise!
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  9. I agree jumping is fun and a good workout. I did not find the answer I was looking for here. I have bladder incontinence and wondered if jumping hurt my bladder more.

    • When you have stress incontinence, the usual medical advice is to avoiding jumping and running, which can cause urine to leak, but you should discuss it with your doctor.

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