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Does Trampolining Tone Your Thighs?
Toning your thigh muscles is just one of the many health benefits of trampolining. According to trampolining champion Michael Brook of High Performance Productions, "Rebounding will exercise and strengthen every muscle, cell and organ in your body and will enhance overall coordination, strength, flexibility, timing and balance."
Jumping on a trampoline exercises all major muscles in your legs including your thighs. Your legs are used to help you maintain your balance as well as producing and controlling each jump, so even small movements such as jogging on the spot generate big results in terms of working your muscles. According to physiotherapist Eddy Anderson MCSP of Rebound Therapy, rebounding on a mini-trampoline promotes an overall improvement in whole body posture. Exercising on an uneven surface increases your muscle tone because the muscles are working continuously simply to prevent you from falling over.
Exercising on a trampoline not only strengthens your core postural muscles, it also raises your heart and breathing rate to provide a cardiovascular workout that improves the strength and condition of your heart muscles. The weight bearing effect of jumping both with and against the natural forces of gravity makes trampolining an exercise that strengthens your bones along with your muscles, helping to increase the stability of your joints and prevent osteoporosis.
The American Council on Exercise advises that the only way to lose fat from your thighs is to lose fat from your whole body. The most effective way to lose fat is to burn more calories than you consume on a daily basis by embarking on a regular exercise program. However, research has shown that you’re much more likely to stick with a regimen you enjoy -- and trampolining is a fat burning exercise with a built-in pleasure factor.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Foundation, the current minimum recommendations are to exercise for 30 minutes, five days a week. The cardiovascular element of rebounding on a mini-trampoline is considered by fitness professionals to be more effective than jogging -- with five to eight minutes of continuous bouncing providing the equivalent of running a mile. In research carried out by NASA it was concluded that working out on a trampoline is, “The most efficient and effective exercise yet devised by man." Their studies found it to be 68 percent more efficient than jogging.
Linda Purves is a personal fitness trainer and sports coach with professional qualifications gained in many areas including athletics, cycling, equestrian sports and sports psychology. Since 2003 her published articles have appeared in a variety of U.K. magazines including "Your Horse," "Horse and Rider" and "Running Free." Purves' first book, "Horse and Rider Fitness," was published by Kenilworth Press in 2006.