Trampolining proven to help mental health
Trampolining is exhilarating!
At Jump In Trampoline Parks we want to celebrate children as the unsung heroes during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite being unable to play outside with their friends and experiencing immense changes in their daily routine, we have seen an abundance of creativity and a thirst for learning. Parents and carers have risen to the challenge of home-schooling too, from teaching algebra to the Tudors, none of which are an easy task. We have seen so much joy and community spirit during lockdown, but we have also experienced the occasional day of feeling down hearted and blue. Social interaction stopped, days out with the kids and family were cancelled and the pandemic felt never ending. It’s very common when you’re feeling the down to feel sluggish and demotivated and physical exercise can be the last thing you feel like doing. However, moving your body by doing exercise such as trampolining has been proven to benefit your mental health and lift your spirits, it’s the ideal way to encourage fitness for kids. Below we have listed a number of trampolining health benefits:
Physical activity makes you feel happy, positive and self-confident. The feeling of bouncing up and down and soaring through the air gives a huge sense of fun, freedom and release, promoting smiles, laughter and a greater sense of wellbeing. Because trampolining is so much fun, it’s much easier to motivate children to do exercise!
Trampolining releases mood-boosting chemicals
Endorphins, the positive mood-enhancing hormones released during exercise, are triggered when jumping on a trampoline. Because of the feeling of freedom, weightlessness and excitement that comes with jumping up and down, the brain releases more feel-good endorphins than it would during other forms of exercise. Endorphins are released rapidly and flood the body with positivity, helping jumpers feel more energetic and naturally lifting moods.
During trampolining, another hormone called serotonin is also released from the brain to help regulate moods, calm anxiety and reduce feelings of negativity. Low levels of serotonin are widely known to be the cause of most mild to moderate cases of depression and can lead to sleep disturbance, lethargy and feelings of worthlessness. Jumping on a trampoline helps to combat these issues and achieve a greater sense of wellbeing.
A trampoline fitness session also provides jumpers with a natural high as it releases adrenaline, which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and heightens feelings of alertness. The adrenaline that comes from bouncing on a trampoline raises your heart rate, expands the air passages of the lungs, redistributes blood to the muscles and alters the body’s metabolism, giving jumpers a rush of feel-good vibes.
And that’s not all, the exhilaration and effort of jumping up and down on a trampoline also releases dopamine, a chemical that makes people feel more alert and cheerful. This chemical has an impact on learning and memory and therefore helps to support children’s performance at school.
Trampolining can relieve stress
The uncertainty of lockdown has been quite stressful and worrying for many but a fantastic way to combat stress is through physical activity including trampolining. Ever noticed how people are
happier when they’re jumping up and down? It’s human nature. The act of jumping lifts our hearts. A good trampoline workout and exercise in general are amazing forms of stress relief and studies have shown that regular participation in aerobic exercise stimulate anti-anxiety effects, decrease levels of tension and to stabilise your mood. Physical exertion can also be a form of relaxation as it allows your body to release stress hormones such as cortisol which can also improve self-esteem and confidence too!
Jump In Trampoline & Adventure Parks are reopening soon! Saturday 25th July for all English sites.
Our sites are the ultimate indoor play area for kids and it’s perfect for school holiday activities. Find out more about the extra measures we are putting in place to protect you during the Covid-19 pandemic here and check out our reopening dates.
To experience all the fantastic trampolining health benefits, pre-book your open jump session at one of our indoor trampoline parks here.
Jump In supports grass-roots children’s mental health charities
Here at Jump In we realise how important children’s mental health is, and how much it has been affected since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown. That’s why we have been supporting a charity eBook called #rethinktherainbow. A multimedia eBook containing over 60 inspirational stories, narrations, videos, translations and activities for children aged between 6 and 11. A valuable resource for parents, carers, libraries, and teachers. The eBook is priced at £9.99 (2 x takeaway coffees!!). ALL money raised will be donated to 4 UK ‘grass-roots’ children’s mental health charities. For more info or to get your copy head to www.iamagiantleaper.com.