Using Trampolines to Exercise, Fight Stress, and Relieve Anxiety
Whether you're an adult who's undergoing an alcohol addiction treatment or someone interested in a fun way to receive the exercise you need to stay mentally and physically healthy, you may want to consider investing in a trampoline. Not only can you exercise on a trampoline, but this form of physical activity can also help you reduce stress and anxiety.
How a Trampoline Can Benefit You Physically
First and foremost, jumping is an exercise that strengthens every cell in your body. Every time you jump, you're increasing the cellular energy within your cells and are enhancing mitochondrial function.
If you choose to jump on a trampoline as your workout after you undergo rehab for alcoholism, you'll be building your muscles. Restoring your muscles and strength is important since alcohol and drug addiction (and the poor nutrition that typically accompanies them) can weaken the body as well.
Jumping on a trampoline works your leg muscles. It also helps strengthen your core muscles as well.
Bouncing on a trampoline provides cardiovascular exercise. This means you're strengthening your heart and circulatory system when you work out.
While you jump up and down on a trampoline, you're also improving your coordination and balance.
How a Trampoline Can Benefit You Emotionally
If you recently completed rehab for drugs and alcohol, you may have stress and anxiety regarding your recovery and the possibility of a relapse. On the other hand, your stress and anxiety might be what led you to such substances in the first place.
Fortunately, you can use a trampoline for exercise to relieve some of that stress and anxiety. Ultimately, the trampoline exercises can help you with your recovery. Even if you're not recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction, you can still benefit from the emotional benefits of a trampoline.
By jumping on a trampoline, you increase the production of endorphins. An endorphin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that transmits messages in the body.
Endorphins produce good feelings that are like a natural high. Generally, people associate the release of endorphins with running and other high-energy activities, but jumping on a trampoline is also an exercise that triggers endorphin production.
Additionally, if you exercise on a trampoline, you're also creating a natural way to fight stress. Exercise imitates the effects of stress. For instance, exercise may trigger the flight-or-fight response -- the release of certain hormones that can provide a high level of energy. Regular exercise familiarizes your body with these hormones, which can help you reduce stress in the future.
Speaking of hormones, using a trampoline to exercise can reduce the levels of other hormones in your body that produce more negative effects. These hormones include adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol, which can both make you feel more stressed.
When you exercise on a trampoline, you might also improve your self-confidence, especially if you lose weight or get in better shape. You might feel more relaxed than you once did. You can help alleviate both depression or anxiety when you jump on a trampoline regularly. Jumping and other exercises can help you free your mind so you feel more in control of your life.
If you're currently in an alcohol treatment program, you may be able to better manage your stress and anxiety. As a consequence, you may be less likely to use drugs and alcohol because you’re no longer feeling that you’re overwhelmed with negative emotions.
In another benefit, you might jump on the trampoline when you crave drugs and alcohol. Jumping might give you a positive focus for your time and attention instead of addictive substances. Ultimately, you can reduce your stress and anxiety since you won't be thinking about alcohol and drugs.
Another benefit you may receive from jumping on the trampoline is the impact it could have on your sleep. When you exercise on a trampoline, you burn energy. You become tired.
When you lay down at night, you might be less likely to suffer from insomnia. When you get enough sleep at night, you're actually combating your anxiety in another way.
Researchers believe that there’s a link between sleep problems and anxiety disorders. Sleep deprivation can contribute to anxiety and anxiety can disrupt sleep.
Finally, trampolines are just plain fun. If you enjoy jumping on a trampoline as exercise, you'll anticipate your regular workouts instead of dreading them. You'll look forward to exercising and will have something to focus on in your life. You can even create challenges for yourself such as trying and mastering different types of tricks, which can further boost your confidence and reduce your anxiety.
When you’re jumping on a trampoline or participating in any physical fitness activity, you want to strive for 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobic exercise every week. If you work out on a trampoline, you can receive the recommended amount of exercise your body needs to optimize both your physical and mental health. You can boost your confidence and feel more relaxed overall by incorporating a trampoline jumping regimen into your fitness routine.
Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.