At NASA they have made an important finding in terms of fitness because they came up with the idea of reviewing their own study library and reviewed and confirmed the hypotheses of an old study that they had without any shame or glory in their offices back in 1980.
After dusting off its shelves ‘Body acceleration distribution and O2 uptake in humans during running and jumping‘, NASA based itself on the premise of that study which details that running and jumping on a trampoline raise heart rate and oxygen consumption levels almost identically. What A. Bhattacharya, E. P. McCutcheon, E. Shvartz, and J. E. Greenleaf, its authors, did not realize was that trampoline jumping produces higher biochemical results with less demand on the heart, and it is this fact that makes it more effective than running.
Thus, recent calculations and research by NASA have resulted in four new data from this space agency.
The G-force to which the ankle is subjected when we run is twice as much as when we jump on a trampoline
This would explain the knee problems in regular runners, especially when the body’s natural shock-absorbing system becomes so fatigued that it does not do its job properly. This is when unexpected additional forces act on already tired muscles, ligaments and tendons, forcing them beyond the point of rupture.
When jumping on a trampoline, the ankles and legs support the same G
This allows you to exercise your whole body knowing that no undue pressure is applied to any of its parts, such as your feet, ankles and legs, and at the same time knowing that each part of your body is receiving the necessary environmental protection.
More mechanical work with less energy expenditure
The efficient use of vertical acceleration and deceleration forces to produce internal load by directly opposing the gravitational pull develops more biomechanical work with less energy expenditure. Therefore, less oxygen is used (68% less) and less is demanded from the heart.
Safer exercise for the lower extremities
Even when a person is able to develop a trampoline strength of more than 4G, although it is not more efficient in terms of oxygen consumption than running, it is much better in the lower extremities because all the cells in the body are still below their threshold of rupture, which provides a safe way to exercise.
For all this, it is not surprising that in some countries like England, inflatable amusement parks are being opened. Exactly. Fun and exercise go hand in hand in these spaces designed for all audiences and where you seek to achieve (more or less) the same physical advantages as if you were jumping on a trampoline. From a more playful perspective, of course. Although some of these parks offer traditional fitness classes.
But not only NASA has realized the many benefits of jumping and bouncing happily on a trampoline. Over the past few years, some fitness gurus have already pointed out the pros of introducing this device into your workout to
– Developing stronger bones
Wonders of acceleration and deceleration. Our body interprets movement as an increase in the force of gravity and this causes the density of our bones to increase. Something that is highly beneficial to avoid injuries.
– Improves balance
As you jump, you have to be very aware of your center of balance as the floor of the trampoline is an unstable surface. In addition, your motor and coordination skills are much more developed.
– Remove the fat
This is no joke. Jumping on a trampoline for an hour can burn up to 1,000 calories. Not only that. This type of exercise activates your metabolism so your body can process nutrients more efficiently.