BigNews.Biz - Dec 26,2011 - Let’s assume that you have determined that you want to give trampoline a fair shot and a real try. How, then, do you go about constructing an exercise program that will work for you and facilitate your making trampoline jumping a regular part of your life?
There are many different exercises that can work for you. The ideal thing, of course, is for you to follow your own instincts, your own timetable, and your own way of doing things. Still, it is often helpful to have some suggested programs from which to choose. Rather than trying to present any set of “best” or “official” programs, the main idea here is to suggest to you how you can build or construct your own program.
Reaching Your Time Goals
Jumping is naturally fun and easy, and for these reasons it is possible for many people to keep on trampolines past the point where they would give up on most other health and wellness practices. This is true both with respect to the number of minutes bounced in any individual session, and with respect to coming back to the trampoline for four, five, six, or even seven sessions a week.
To reach your time goals with respect to any individual session, it is best to start slowly and work your way up to that goal. When asked what the ideal number of minutes per day is, I typically respond that it depends on how much benefit you would like to receive. You can build slowly, perhaps jumping for a total of 15 minutes a day for your first week, then 30 minutes a day the second week, 60 minutes a day the third week and so on. Also, remember that you always have the option of breaking up your jumping session into several shorter sessions each day.
Although you may not receive quite the same aerobic and cardio benefits if you undertake shorter sessions several times a day, you will still get most of the benefits of trampoline jumping by reaching your minimum daily time goal. Some resources suggest that if you have an illness, it is better to do several shorter sessions each day, because each session will give you an immune system, illness fighting, boost whose peak lasts for a few hours to receive the many benefits that trampoline jumping offers.
Warm Up, Work Hard, Cool Down
You obviously don’t want to just jump into the hardest part of your session without warming up first. Similarly, at the end of the session it probably makes sense to cool down for a bit. The idea here, then, is to start slowly, warm yourself up, work progressively harder until you are at the most intense part of your trampoline workout, then step it down a bit, warm down a bit, and then cool down the rest of the way.