As a child, was there anything more enjoyable than spending hours bouncing on a trampoline, trying to reach ever higher and higher?
Along with a swing set and sand pit, the trampoline really is one of our great Australian pastimes – and in fact, there is also a compelling range of trampoline benefits for kids. Trampolining, like other forms of outdoor play, offers a fun way for children to boost their physical and mental health. Here are just a few of the benefits involved:
Improves bone density
Childhood and early adolescence are considered key ‘bone building’ years – with 90% of bone mass developed before the age of 20. Trampolining supports the growth of healthy bones, ligaments and tendons during childhood. In fact, trampolines reduce the impact on limbs by up to 80% when compared with other forms of exercise, such as running and skipping.
Bone strength is developed when bones are required to bear weight and work against gravity; making trampolining the perfect activity to gently improve bone density. Kids with poor bone health are at greater risk of breaks, fractures and other skeletal complications. (Osteoporosis can even present an issue in later life.)
Enhances core stability
Trampolining offers a fun, low-impact exercise that encourages children to develop their balance and motor skills. The up and down movement of a trampoline incorporates both lower and upper muscle groups, to gently enhance core stability. Jumping on a trampoline also improves bilateral motor skills, by training the brain to safely coordinate movements between the arms and legs.
According to NASA, this so-called “rebound exercise” is the safest and most effective way to enhance core stability. These refined motor skills can also help children participate in other sports that require hand-eye coordination and lateral movements. Even gymnasts use trampolines to improve their core stability and coordination, for aerial tricks and tumbles!
Builds cardio fitness
Bouncing on a trampoline is an excellent cardiovascular workout that improves heart health and increases the efficiency of little lungs. In fact, research by NASA suggests that bouncing on a trampoline offers a better cardio workout than 33 minutes of running!
Improved cardio fitness lowers the risk of lifestyle related disease, such as obesity and diabetes – for this reason, regular cardiovascular exercise is particularly important for children who may spend sedentary periods in front of computers or screens. As an added bonus, trampolining stimulates blood flow in a way that encourages the body to eliminate toxins and other waste products.
Develops social skills
In addition to its health benefits, trampolining is an inclusive playtime activity that is suitable for children of all ages and abilities. Playtime offers children an important opportunity to develop their social skills – teaching important lessons about sharing, turn-taking conflict resolution and personal confidence.
Like other forms of exercise, trampolining also produces ‘feel good’ hormones that can be associated with lowered pain and increased energy levels. In this way, trampolining can help reduce kids’ feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression. Regular trampolining can also help children to sleep more soundly, and to feel less distracted throughout the day. The mental and physical trampoline benefits for kids really are remarkable!
If you want to share these benefits for kids with your family, look no further than Vuly Play trampoline products. This Australian owned and operated company produces the safest and most durable trampolines on the market. Vuly trampolines are built with Aussie backyards in mind – made from strong powder-coated frames and UV-resistant enclosures – kids can bounce safely all year round!
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