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Mini trampolines are easy on your joints.
A mini trampoline, also called a rebounder, is a tempting piece of exercise equipment. The idea of burning calories while just jumping around like you did as a kid sounds fun. And if you live in a hotter climate, being able to jump around indoors is even more appealing. Although people with joint problems might be tentative about an exercise tool that focuses on jumping up and down, mini trampolines are actually easy on your joints.
Rebounders Help Your Joints
Jumping on a mini trampoline is actually better for your joints than running or using a jump rope. In fact, the Urban Rebounder and accompanying Urban Rebounding class was designed by a martial artist who needed a workout he could do while recovering from a knee injury. The rebounder is easy on the joints because the netting of the trampoline reduces the impact your steps and jumps have on your joints. Every time you take a step, the trampoline gives and takes in some of the force instead of transferring all of it to your joints. According to Dr. Gabe Mirkin, MD, the force is 1/6 what you would experience from stepping on pavement.
Minimal Joint Risks
The mini trampoline itself is designed to minimize joint damage compared to other cardio exercise options, such as running. But this doesn't mean the activity is entirely risk free for your joints. If you become too intense in your workout, jumping too high and going for too much too soon, you might find your knees and other joints aching later. In addition, the landing surface of some mini trampolines isn't very stable, so you run the risk of turning your ankle if you're not careful.
If you've never worked out on a mini trampoline before, taking a rebounding class is one way that you can exercise on a trampoline, experience health benefits and also help protect your joints. A good instructor will let you know if you're pushing too fast or jumping too high. Trampoline classes can give you a choreographed workout that uses all your muscles and pushes you physically, while also helping you avoid the shin splints and foot problems that can come from more traditional running.
Buying a Trampoline
If you prefer to work out at home, you can still enjoy the benefits to your joints that working out on a mini trampoline brings. The key is to make sure you buy a trampoline that is stable and well made. The cheapest trampolines and the folding variety tend to not be made as well. Invest in a higher quality model with covered springs and at least four legs, but ideally six. The more legs a trampoline has, the more stability it will give you every time you land.