To bounce or not to bounce?

At my kids school fete last year, I won a session at MEGAJUMP in North London and it meant nothing to me. I didn’t know what it was, and the envelope is still propped up against my DVD’s on a shelf.

Clearly, I am not on trend.

Little did I know, I have potentially missed out on a “high-flying, gravity-defying way to have a mega day out”. Investigating more, I learned that not only is my life less mega for not using the voucher, but I also hadn’t considered that using one of these centres “is a super safe way to bounce off hundreds of calories – for fitness, or just for fun. A trampoline workout that also strengthens your bones, improves muscle mass and makes you look and feel great”. At least that’s what MEGAJUMP say on their website, and I am not about to argue with them…. especially if they have mega awesome muscle mass.

 

However, it is unfair to smirk about what is clearly becoming very popular throughout the country as a fun way to burn calories. Therefore, it is clearly a good thing. In fact, its popularity is such that according to the Guardian, in the last three years, 120 such centres have appeared across the country, providing people with 250,000 hours of exercise a week. This is something quite astounding and means a lot of calories burned, muscle mass improved and bones strengthened.

 

While, like me, the first thought may be that is mainly for younger people, the figures suggest that one in five of the people using the centres regularly is over 18 years old, and it is something that researchers have really looked into properly. Due to the way a trampoline works, much of the impact of someone landing is absorbed, thus protecting the users bones and joints, and also working to strengthen them too. Also, the fact that it’s fun and doesn’t feel like exercise, means that it is attracting a lot of people who have perhaps previously not exercised regularly, with many parks offering aerobics, basketball and dodge ball on trampolines.

 

Across the board, whether middle aged and unused to exercise, or a regular athlete, studies have shown that regular 30-minute trampoline sessions show a small but significant improvement to cardiovascular fitness. In addition to that, data from the centres in the UK demonstrate a relatively low accident rate meaning it is safer than many may expect.

 

I think its time I opened the envelope, checked my voucher is still valid, and book in. Who knows, it could revolutionise my training regime. Happy bouncing.