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Trampoline Jumping Benefits

Why bounce?
Aside from being enormous outdoor fun, bouncing gives great proprioceptive and vestibular sensory input to your child's developing nervous system.
The vestibular system provides information through your inner ear about gravity, space, balance and movement. This system tells you when your head is upright or tilted, even if your eyes are closed.
The proprioceptive system provides information through your joints, muscles, and ligaments about where your body parts are and what you are doing. When your proprioceptive system is functioning efficiently, your body position is automatically adjusted in different situations; for example, you use your proprioceptive system to sit properly in a chair, step off a curb smoothly, write with a pencil, and button your shirt.
Jumping is great for developing balance, co-ordination and good spatial awareness. Many children have no sense of their bodies in space! Because jumping helps to develop the sensory and nervous systems, bouncing on a trampoline can be used to stimulate these systems even in the older child.
Development of motor skills The brain is forced to function bilaterally when a jumper is in the air. Both sides of the brain and both sides of the body must work together to maintain coordination and balance when on a trampoline. This increases gross motor skills which are essential for the later development of the fine motor skills, such as writing.
How young can you start jumping?
Children can start gentle bouncing at a very young age, which surprises some parents. As long as your child can walk with bent knees (as opposed to the stiff-legged gait of new walkers) he or she is ready to jump. Lend your hands to stabilize young jumpers and build confidence. Good jumping requires a great deal of co-ordination, control and skill!
Jumping for adults
The aerobics associated with jumping on a trampoline strengthens the heart in the same way as other cardio exercises like jumping rope or running. This increase in cardio rate encourages energy use and weight loss. Spending five to eight minutes doing trampoline exercise is equivalent to running a couple of kilometers!
Trampoline exercise tones muscles in the lower half of the body as the muscles of the legs, thighs, hips, stomach, and abdomen are all engaged in jumping on a trampoline.
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