Taking center stage on our property is the amazing trampoline! It’s a place to socialize, to rest, to think, to bounce on the mat, to bounce from the sides, to chase a friend in circles, to somersault, to feel safe.
This is the third trampoline that I can remember over 40 years of child-rearing; every trampoline was better than the last … but I can’t imagine anything ever topping this one! This isn’t meant to come over as an advertisement for the particular brand, in fact, I have no idea if there’s another one like this, but it’s SO safe. The metal pieces and open areas are gone around the mat, so the entire surface can be used … the “bounce” comes from the non-metal springs below … but the best part is the netting, supported by the plastic poles. Sometimes it seems like a giant playpen because the one-year-old grandchildren can play on it with no fear – really having tons of fun and yet reigned in so you know exactly where they are while they’re working off their energy without banging heads on anything (except another head occasionally).
The only safety issue we’ve had (nothing’s perfect) is when dads have entered the tramp and accidentally landed on a child. The directions specifically say not to have uneven weights on board!
In the seventies, we had a small rebounder tramp many years ago when it was recommended for our children. Trampoline jumping does some specific things for the body, exercise in general will help anyone. Trampoline bouncing, according to an informative Ezine article, produces a G-force that “pushes out” toxins while the body is in the air by air pressure changes moving nutrients and oxygen -“exercising” cells.
The article says that the heart benefits from bouncing in a BIG WAY, the bones benefit from improving bone density. This latter point is great for people who don’t like high impact exercise like running/jogging. The mat absorbs the force so the joints and spine don’t have to! And then, there’s the important motor skill development, which the Ezine author says improves because “of the need to maintain both height and balance simultaneously while responding to gravitational forces. Thus, all side of the body and brain are involved in the exercise.”
Hm-m-m, couldn’t have said it better myself. (Ha)
As I was looking out the window this afternoon, singing the praises of the trampoline to no one in particular, my 20-year-old daughter (who dearly loved our last trampoline) said I should put it in my blog – I thought that was brilliant. It’s so safe, so entertaining, and so healthy for so many people in the family. And now that I’m reminded of the non-impact health benefits to, ahem, older people … I’m going to have to find a time that ours is unoccupied so that I can use it! Won’t they love seeing Grandma bouncing on the trampoline!
I’m including a clip I found of the set-up of a trampoline like ours, so you can see it better. At the end of the clip, watch the child’s jumping demonstration – it’s a really different kind of bounce from the older type tramp.
I’d love to hear from anyone who has health-benefit stories related to using a trampoline. Again, I’m not selling these or benefiting in any way … we just happen to think it’s great!