How about trampolines?

In house trampoline - does it work?
@ctryhnny (3463)
United States
February 2, 2013 4:25pm CST
I watched a program the other day where a man and his wife used a trampoline daily. I think they said it helped them lose weight and is good for their heart. Today I bought a trampoline at Walmart with my regular order of kitty litter and cat food. I'm wondering if anyone ever heard of using a trampoline to lose weight. I can understand it being a good thing for your heart and if that's all I get out of it I will be happy. I have a treadmill that I use once in awhile but I can't use it too long because my legs and hips start to hurt. Have you ever used a trampoline in your house? Do you think it would help to lose weight? I'm such a couch potato that anything I can use for exercise will be a plus.
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@LaDeBoheme (1988)
• United States
3 Feb 13
Yes, I have a mini-trampoline, but I don't use it anymore where I live because I'd bounce into the ceiling. Rebounding is low impact, but you can definitely work up a sweat. And any exercise that burns more calories than you consume will help you lose weight. I used my trampoline mainly for the cardio benefits. There are a lot of different exercises you can do, but you definitely want to get used to the new balance first. After all, exercising while bouncing in the air is a whole different ball game than standing on the floor. Did the trampoline come with a DVD or exercise chart so you can get started with some basic moves? As you progress, you might want to look into getting some additional DVDs. Good luck and welcome to the world of rebounding!
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
3 Feb 13
It's hard for me to work up a sweat no matter what I do but I'm going to keep trying. I know I will have a hard time just getting my balance which will not be easy. I didn't notice if it comes with a DVD but it's a Golds Gym trampoline so I think it might. If not I'll see what I can find on the internet.
• United States
3 Feb 13
Check out youtube for some exercise videos. Here's a few -- http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rebounding+exercises&oq=rebounding+exercise&gs_l=youtube.1.0.0l2j0i5l2.50896.55560.0.59015.19.16.0.3.3.0.160.825.10j1.11.0...0.0...1ac.1.G1CHGrN9HEg
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
4 Feb 13
Thanks for the link. I watched it yesterday and it was very interesting.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
3 Feb 13
Trampolines can help in losing weight but doubt it's something that would help to do a big weight loss. Diet is good and so is walking, weather permitting. I use to jump on a tramp that was in the ground. This was when I was a teenager and would jump for an hour or more each day. Was great exercise and also helps with coordination. Personally, treadmills bore me. We have a good one in the house but I never use it. Once in awhile my husband walks on it for about a half hour. I would jump again if it was an in ground trampoline.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
5 Feb 13
Treadmills bore me too so I put it where I can watch tv when I'm on it which is seldom. I'm mainly interested in a trampoline for the cardio aspect of it. I can't wait to get it!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
12 Feb 13
Have fun. Jump away and stay healthy.
• United States
3 Feb 13
Never used one but I can see it giving you some sort of exercise. Just be careful you don't fall or trip off of it...that's where most people get hurt. Sometimes better shoes will help your legs and hips when using the treadmill. A good pair of tennis shoes will help your back too. Let us know how it worked for you.
• United States
3 Feb 13
I agree about the shoes. Footwear can make or break you. A good pair of walking shoes or in some cases, cross trainers might make a BIG difference. Using the wrong kind of shoes can be detrimental to your health.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
3 Feb 13
As expensive as they were I made sure I have good tennis shoes especially for when I use my treadmill.
• Indonesia
5 Feb 13
I think pretty much anything which can make you sweat and burn calories will be fine to lose weight, although I never use one so I don't really know about trampoline. But I'm sure it can make you moving and sweat so it maybe a good tool to lose weight and moving also good for your heart as long as you don't do it excessively.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
5 Feb 13
I think my problem is no matter what I do I don't sweat. I've done some things that you think I would sweat but I don't. I might ask my dr. about that tomorrow!
@jugsjugs (13045)
3 Feb 13
I would think that it is great exercise and in the process of having fun, then you would lose some weight if you were to use it on a regular basis. I know from the past that it was good for my younger son, as it took some not alot, but some of his energy and he has adhd.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
8 Feb 13
I got it yesterday and love it....so do my cats!
• India
3 Feb 13
Definitely trampoline will help you to reduce your weight but proper coaching is needed for that and there are several sites on the net which will guide you for this job but I will still say that treadmill is the better option so continue with it. You will have to work harder to lose weight and there is no easy way to do it. So use what most of the people are using and that is treadmill. You have to add it your daily routine. Remember NO PAIN NO GAIN
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
4 Feb 13
i wish I could use my treadmill more often than I do. Since I can't stay on it too long I feel like it's not going to help. I'm counting on the trampoline to help with my cardio.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
3 Feb 13
I think that the use of a trampoline can be very good exercise. It is a matter of taking the proper precautions of using the trampoline safely. Injuries can happen in a split second so before using the trampoline for any activity you should kow as much about the trampoline as you can. The trampoline can be fun and a way to stay physically fi at the same time. So take care in how you approach what you set out to do with your trampoline.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
3 Feb 13
I haven't done it yet but I'm going to look on the internet for any information I can find. I know my biggest problem will be balance but I think I can work that out pretty fast.
• Philippines
3 Feb 13
It can help but not much as expected, I think you must do these While on bed pretend that you are biking with feet up and down, then your arms also. then rise and and perform a body twist with arms straighten on both side do it 15 minutes each and then drink warm water okay. Don't practice the trampoline it will not be of much help caused of your legs and hips.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
12 Feb 13
I do a lot of those exercises and my dr. told me the trampoline is good for me because it will not hurt my legs and hips since it's a soft material that I am walking or jogging on. It's working out great for me. I never heard of drinking warm water....yuck!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
2 Feb 13
Well they have two massive trampolines at the gym I go to, and it's for gymnastics, they have a gymnastics club there, it's a sport in itself, so in that respect yes it can be seen as exercise, because you are using your muscles and energy to propel yourself up and down. It probably helps to tone you up as well. I prefer the cross trainer and the bike myself. I guess it's ideal if you can't get to the gym. I wonder if the man and wife use the trampoline separately or together.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
3 Feb 13
lol...they used it seperately! I wish I could afford to go the local YMCA but even with a Sr. discount it's more than I can afford. It's about 5 minutes from my apt. and it has an awesome room with all kinds of good machines to use. I would also go to the spinning classes. I've always wanted to try it.