The heart and stroke foundation of Canada recommends adults get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity (cardio) per week. This activity is best spread out as evenly as possible throughout the week. This 150 minutes can be broken down into any amount that works for you. Anything 10 minutes or longer counts towards your 150 minutes!
Walking, jogging, swimming, and biking are the aerobic activities that come to the minds of most when aerobic activities or cardio is discussed. Walking and jogging can be hard on joints as they are higher impact activities. Biking is a good option for lower impact but doesn't give the best full body workout. Swimming is a highly recommended activity for a low impact cardio workout that also offers a full body workout muscle wise.
What happens if you don't like swimming and need another low impact idea? You can look no further than your backyard (or maybe your neighbour's backyard) to find the solution. A trampoline can offer a perfect option to help get those 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week in. Jumping on a trampoline not only can offer a great cardio work out, but it is also low impact so it will not put extra stress onto your joints. Jumping on a trampoline is also an activity that puts the majority of your muscle groups to work!
Regular jumping on a trampoline can really help with weight loss. A study from NASA found that a 150-pound adult spending an hour on the trampoline will burn more calories than a person jogging for the same length of time. Jumping on a trampoline can also help improve a person’s balance and posture!
Head on out and find a trampoline. You can create a jumping routine you may wish to follow and use as a workout or just get on with the kids for a play. Remember every 10 minutes of jumping on the trampoline contributes to your recommended weekly aerobic exercise amount. Let's get healthy and get jumping!