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Have you recently been to the doctor, and heard the all too familiar words, "you need to lose some weight?" When they realize they've put on a few too many extra pounds, many people think about getting an expensive gym membership, or investing in a couple months of spinning classes. Few realize that there are activities that you can do right from the comfort of your own backyard that will not only help you to lose weight, they'll also be fun for the whole family! Jumping on a trampoline has been shown to be a great cardiovascular workout, and if you're ready to start bouncing for fitness, here are some things you have to know.
Before you can start actively bouncing for fitness, you're going to have to make sure you have the right trampoline parts to make your experience enjoyable and safe. If you're an adult, and it's been quite a few years since you climbed up onto a full size backyard trampoline, it's probably a good idea if you attach a trampoline ladder before you get started. The last thing you want to do is slip and fall while you're trying to jump down off of the structure.
Another safety feature that you might want to add to your outdoor trampoline is a trampoline mat. This is a circular covering that will attach to the outer edge of the trampoline, completely covering the gap between the trampoline springs and the edge of the bouncing surface. In the event that one of your vigorous bounces goes awry, this covering will prevent your foot and leg from becoming lodged between the springs.
Now that you've got everything set up, it's time to start bouncing for fitness. Start with the Contact Big Bounce, which means that for four counts, you'll bounce gently without your feet leaving the surface, and then on the fifth count, you'll bounce high enough for your feet to depart from the surface. Next, move into the Knee Raise: while bouncing, lift one knee at a time to chest level before returning to the contact bounce. If you're ready to move onto something more vigorous, you can also try Jumping Jacks while bouncing. Be sure to keep your legs landing bent and waist width apart. After you've complete ten jumping jacks, return to the contact bounce as your neutral position. Repeat all sets of all three exercises four times to complete a session.