I sort of decided to try something new for 30 days related to exercise. I say “sort of” because, like all ENFPs, I am easily bored with daily routines, but then since discipline itself is novel to me, this new task holds my attention – for now. (Take the Myers Briggs-type personality test here.)
My chosen exercise is jumping on the mini-trampoline, called a rebounder. I chose it for several reasons, foremost of which is, because I’m a health blogger, I got a Fitness Trampoline™ by JumpSport® for free. My mini-trampoline is about 3-feet wide and 1-foot tall, and in my postage stamp of a Brooklyn apartment, it serves as a coffee table, ottoman and airy bed for visiting dogs. And since it’s here to stay, I decided to use it to get more fit.
What’s Not to Like?
Today is day five out of seven. (I can’t do it while my downstairs neighbor is home on the weekends.) I do 20 minutes of cardio, soon to be 30, and that’s enough because I do Pilates and walk everywhere, not owning a car. I use JumpSport’s video tape staring Kathy Jo Burgett, a trainer of a certain age (hooray!) We bounce, jog in place, twist, and do jumping jacks and side-to-side things; it raises my heart rate, but not excessively, without hurting my joints. Unlike running or stair climbing, the soft trampoline does not have traumatic impact on my muscles, tissues and joints, but it does maintain my bone density by working against gravity. The action also improves my spatial awareness, coordination and balance, which makes it perfect for a potentially fall-prone boomer like me. My pesky IT band problem seems to be better too – no proof of cause-and-effect – but at least it’s not worse.
All over the Internet, articles say that the mini-trampoline is great for the lymphatic system, but I could not find supporting research – which doesn’t make it untrue. Lymph is a fluid, collected from the tissues, that contains lots of white blood cells that destroy bacteria and, as they say, “toxins, wastes and cancer cells.” (Roll out the skull and crossbones.) I think the mini-trampoline helps the lymph system as much as any exercise that involves gravity and muscle contraction. Still, it’s fun to say the word “lymph” and to think about its mysteries.
Because any trampoline presents a hazard for serious injury, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement about trampolines. Use a trampoline at your own risk.
Your thoughts: Is trampoline jumping for you?