David Lee Roth said it best .... "JUMP! ... YOU MIGHT AS WELL JUMP!" Turns out Dave was right! Tramps are not only sooooo much fun, but they have amazing all-over toning and body-renewing benefits and not just for the kids. Despite the heavy backlash from the Insurance industry in recent times (caused from injuries coming from indoor trampoline parks) I refuse to get rid of the tramps from our program. WHY?
Because I believe in their benefits so much, not only for kids but for adults as well. So, I have listed the top 5 reasons tramps are great for kids of all ages.
The Top 5 Reasons for KIDS to JUMP are: 1: Burn off energy Kids have sooo much energy and they need to burn it off or it comes out in the form of poor behaviour and extreme emotions ... and nobody like that! 2: Build spatial awareness Spatial awareness is knowing where your body is in space in relation to objects or other people. To have good spatial awareness you also need to understand and respond to a change in position from these objects. This is a complex skill are these motor neurons are being fired all the time while kids try to bounce in the middle of the tramp. 3: Build core strength Every time you land on the tramp to rebound back off again, you will only build height and stand in the box IF you are strong and tight in the core. If you are not, then your shoulders and or hips will shift and move and cause you to travel around the tramp. 4: Build stabiliser strength It builds the connective tissues in and around the ankles and knees and helps prevent injuries. 5: It's a hell of a lot of FUN! When something is fun, you’re more likely to do it and tramps are popular because they are soooo much fun. The Top 5 Reasons for ADULTS to JUMP are: 1. Detox
Think of the lymphatic system as waste disposal for your body, it helps flush toxins from your body. Researchers believe that the circulation of lymphatic fluid increases during changes in gravitational pull on your body, which helps to flush toxins and fat more efficiently. As you bounce, the increased G-force that occurs each time you land is thought to cause a surge of lymphatic drainage, which can in turn help to boost immunity, improve circulation, digestion, and elimination.
Bouncing can help increase blood flow to underused muscles and loosen and release overused ones, plus it helps the body release endorphins (your brain’s natural calming aid, they make us feel good). Being in your body and getting out of the business in your head comes naturally as you bounce, and it can help clear your mind and decrease tension.
3. Support the Pelvic Floor
Having strong and flexible pelvic floor muscles helps control the bladder, enhance orgasms, stabilize the hip joints, and connect to the deep core, while also serving as a lymphatic pump for the pelvis.
Bouncing has a very positive impact on re-building healthy tone in pelvic floor and core.
4. Keep Your Balance
As we age, we become more susceptible to falls, both because of the decreased strength in our lower limbs and in our stabilisers. As a child we are always walking along fences and testing our balance, but one day we stop all this, and our proprioception and our vestibular system is no longer being consistently challenged.
5. Build Strength
Bones are made of living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Rebounding produces up to 2-3 times vertical gravitation, which can serve as strengthening resistance for our bones.