The kids love the backyard trampoline, and they’re getting lots of exercise. How do you take advantage of it too? Here are five ways to make getting some fitness in really easy.
Doing some squats
Oh yes, this one is even more effective when you’re on a unstable surface like the trampoline. Do a little jump, and land in squat position with your thighs parallel to the trampoline surface and your arms straight out in front. Your abs have to work hard to keep you balanced.
Crack the egg
Blogger Christine Nielsen shared this great one. Sit with your knees up and your arms around your knees – let your kids try and bounce you over, ‘cracking’ the egg. The laughing alone is exercise.
Dance dance dance
Put on the music, and have an impromptu dance party. Bouncing for ten minutes a day is some good cardio, so with three or four songs you’ve got that nailed easily. Blogger Bianca Bujan commented that it’s a great way to get your Fitbit steps for the day.
It sounds ridiculous, but just bouncing up and down is a lot of work. Your leg muscles like your quads and calves are working hard to keep you going. Remember to keep a slight bend in your knees.
This post is sponsored by Springfree Trampoline. Fifteen years. That’s how long it took Dr. Keith Alexander to invent the world’s safest trampoline. Through research and development, he reengineered its design to eliminate the impact points that are the cause of most trampoline injuries. His dedication and our belief that children deserve safe backyard play fuels our commitment to education and our passion for innovation and quality. Today, more than 20 years after the Springfree journey began, our mission remains the same. It is, quite simply, to change the definition of trampoline.
Erin McGann is the former Managing Editor for Vancouver Mom and Toronto Mom Now. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large.