Mini Trampoline Versus Brisk Walking
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, healthy adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, spread out over five days of at least 30 minutes of activity. Brisk walking and using a mini-trampoline -- known as rebounding -- are great ways to meet this goal. You can even combine the two activities to add variety to your weekly fitness program.
Rebounding and brisk walking have similar calorie-burning potential. Fitness Magazine puts both activities in its "Easy Slimmers" category, with rebounding burning off 290 calories per hour. Brisk walking, on the average, burns 245 calories per hour. Very brisk power walking cranks the burn up to 320 calories per hour.
Developing aerobic capacity and cardio fitness is often the primary benefit and reason for pursuing an exercise program. Moving briskly -- meaning that you are breaking a sweat but still able to carry on a simple conversation -- for at least 30 minutes five days a week is achievable with both walking and rebounding exercise programs.
Walking and rebounding contribute to strength building, especially for muscles in the legs, hips, lower back and core. It's possible to work the upper body as well. For example swinging your arms while holding a 90-degree angle at the elbow increases your overall effort, resulting in some strengthening of the upper body as well as increasing the calorie burn. However, in order to have a well-rounded fitness program, you should do targeted strength-training exercises -- for upper body, core and lower body -- at least two days a week in addition to walking or rebounding.
Improving the body's lymphatic circulation is a seldom-mentioned but vital benefit of exercise. This movement of lymph -- the colorless fluid which removes the body's waste products and toxins -- cleanses each cell and keeps the immune system healthy. Lymph circulation is enhanced with each muscular contraction and release, so nearly all forms of exercise, including walking, benefit the lymph system. However, rebounding on a mini-trampoline is considered the best exercise for giving the lymphatic system a good workout.
Since the best fitness program is one you'll actually stick with, it's worth looking at how the mini-trampoline compares with brisk walking for daily use. Walking gets you outdoors and moving in the fresh air -- unless the weather either scorching hot or freezing, snowy or raining. The mini-trampoline can be used indoors no matter what the weather, and you can also take it outside on your patio or balcony to rebound in nice weather.
Best of Both Worlds
It doesn't have to be an either-or choice -- you can combine these two activities to fit your schedule and add variety to your workouts. For example, you could rebound on the mini-trampoline for 20 minutes during the morning or evening at home. Then you could take a brisk walk for 10 minutes during your lunch hour. That adds up to 30 minutes of moderate cardio activity, which is the basic daily goal for healthy adults.
Jan Burch has written about home, garden, wellness and other topics since 1992. Her articles have appeared in ByLine, Living Natural and New Mexico Woman. Based in Albuquerque, Burch is a Feng Shui consultant and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. A life-long crafting enthusiast, she holds a master's degree from the University of California.