15 Things You Didn’t Know About Trampolinesposted by: mothercare
Although as a family, like ours I’m sure that you try and get outside every day for just a short while to fight off the feeling of being contained, but with summer on the way, our predominately indoor life flings open the doors and we head outside into the garden for days of playing and enjoying ourselves in the sunshine.
One of the things that we enjoy as a family is the trampoline. Ever since they were little, my kids have enjoyed crawling or around on trampolines and I must say, as they have got bigger, so have the trampolines, and now I can enjoy them as well. But why are trampolines so much fun, and at the same time, so good for us? Here’s 15 things you didn’t know about trampolines – but wish you had:
1. Better for you than Jogging
Yes seriously, I’m not kidding, 10 minutes on the trampoline is the same as a 30 minutes jog.
2. Builds Strong Bones
It is as kids when most of the development and growth of the bones happens. We know as parents that giving them calcium in milk drinks, yoghurts and cheese is essential, but trampolines also help to build strong bones as well. Whilst they are jumping, the bones are under a small amount of stress and to compensate the body adds a small amount of minerals like calcium to the bones making them stronger.
3. Works the Immune System
Bouncing encourages lymphatic drainage. This strengthens your immune system, preventing the development of disease. Improved immune systems result in fewer days off school for your child and less days off work for us.
4. Creates Hours of Fun
I don’t think there is two words that I dread more as a parent than “I’m bored”. Trampolines can provide hours of fun and the wonderful thing is that because kids love them they naturally want to go and play on them. As soon as you open the door they will be out there unzipping the net and heading in to burn off some of that excess energy. I can guarantee you won’t hear “I’m bored” again for a while!
5. Great Stress Relief
You wouldn’t think it and yes, compared to us, kid’s lives aren’t that demanding. However for children they are stressful, think school tests, friends and worries about what’s going to happen.
Jumping around on a trampoline is a great way to have fun, relax and let go of stress – for children and adults alike.
6. Reduce Screen Time
We have all been warned to limit the amount of time children spend in front of a screen. Introduce a trampoline, and before you know it hours have been spent jumping and bouncing instead of hours wasted in front of a TV screen or digital device.
7. Improves Motor Skills
In early childhood, one of the areas that educators look at is a child’s motor skills, gross motor skills (big movements,) and fine motor skills (such as using a pencil.) Trampolines are fabulous for helping with motor skills and jumping is one of the key leaps in gross motor skill development. As a parent of a little one that appeared to have a delay, we were encouraged to get a mini trampoline to help him to progress. Even now when the developmental delay is less obvious, it’s still a recommendation to work on strengthening his core stability with a trampoline.
8. Improves Energy Levels
As an adult I know that the more that I exercise, the more energy I have, It’s the same for kids, the more active they are, the more energy they have and the more they will want to do.
9. Creates Better Learners
Jumping around kids have to focus and control their body and that skill of learning to focus helps to improve their attention span in the classroom. You can use the trampoline as a tool for learning, count the jumps, estimate how high you go, draw with chalks on the trampoline and jump from place to place learning spellings and facts as you go.
10. Develops Social Skills
This is a big one. Trampolines can be a great catalyst for play and social interaction between kids. With trampolines there needs to be rules, mainly in the name of safety. One of the biggest safety measures is to allow only one child on the trampoline at a time. This has the benefit of encouraging patience and turn taking, which are important life values for children to master.
11. Works on co-ordination and balance
Jumping on the trampoline, kids won’t always land onto their feet, even when they want to. But the more they use it, the more they will develop the coordination and balance required to keep themselves upright as they jump. This can help them stay on their feet during other in other sporting activities such as football, climbing or ballet.
12. Keeps you younger longer
Yes the kids will have fun and stay young longer, less influence from the screen dragging them up to be mini adults means they can be out enjoying their childhoods to the fullest. But this is also one for us Mum’s. Bouncing on a trampoline will help us stay younger longer because it works to strength our muscles, cells and bones against the force of gravity. It is also an opportunity for us to release our inner child and just have some fun!
13. Safe on the joints
Have you ever decided one day to go for a jog for the first time since school and then regretted it as your knees kill the next day? Bouncing and jumping around on the trampoline is safe for your knees the flexibility of the base absorbs the jolting and doesn’t pass it up through your bones to the joints.
14. It’s Not Just Good for the Kids
I’ve touched on it up above but trampolines tone your body, burn off as many calories in 10 minutes as from 30 minutes of jogging, but that’s not all; bouncing can help reduce cellulite because it burns those little fatty cells and tones those muscles where cellulite is found. In addition, trampolines provide the physical exertion we need to reduce menstrual pain, increase our metabolism and strengthen the pelvic floor - yes really!
15. Improves Sleep
After all of that jumping the kids will get a great night sleep, and for once, you will find yourself having a well-deserved rest too.
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Written by Cerys Parker of Rainydaymum.co.uk