When it comes to using a trampoline successfully, there are many important aspects that need to be taken into account. Of course, you don’t want to end up having an accident or getting backaches because your trampoline isn’t set up properly or in case you’re trying to overdo your workout sessions.
Also, you will definitely not want to get your shiny new trampoline destroyed in a matter of minutes because you didn’t check all the parts properly. As a result, there is only one thing to do: get the best information on how to use your trampoline properly and avoid safety issues.
Setting Up Your Trampoline
When it comes to setting up your trampoline for the first time, there are a few very important things you need to remember, if you don’t want any “special” surprises that may send you on a collision course with your front lawn.
If you have a low ceiling or small and narrow rooms, it’s best to avoid using your trampoline indoors. As stated above, you will need at least 2 meters between it and your walls.
Before you use your trampoline for the first time, always check for damaged parts. Make sure you spot anything that may be out of the ordinary when you check the frame, the pad, the mat, the springs and the enclosure. Tighten all screws, replace any flimsy springs, and you should be all set. DO NOT let your children use the trampoline if, for any reason, you feel it isn’t sturdy enough.
If the trampoline is not fitted with an enclosure, a good safety tip is to have a few people stand around it, so they may be ready at all times to prevent the person using it from falling on the ground.
What Should I Wear?
Some may consider clothing and other accessories to be unimportant when using a trampoline. There were cases, however, when jewelry and other props get tangled in the trampoline’s springs, resulting in minor but painful injuries.
Make sure, therefore, to lose all jewelry items and body adornments before you start using the device. It’s not only safer, but much more comfortable that way, and “fun levels” are likely to rise exponentially, as well.
The clothes you wear should never impede your free movement while you bounce on your trampoline. This means wearing sportswear (leggings are appropriate too) and special trampoline shoes or socks in order to prevent your toes from getting stuck and injured in the trampoline bed.
As an additional tip, if you have long hair (girls, pay attention!), tie it back before you start your exercise sessions. You do not want your hair to get tangled and stuck in the trampoline springs.
Tips for Healthy Exercising
You have likely heard of all those excellent advantages and health benefits that bouncing on trampolines can bring. In order to benefit from these, however, and avoid any health conditions such as muscle or back pains, you will have to know exactly what to do and what not to do before you start bouncing around.
First of all, understand that a trampoline is simply a device that can provide you with good cardiovascular exercises. It is not a miracle machine, and it will not help you if you’re not willing to put some muscle into your exercising sessions, while backing them up with a proper diet.
The first thing you have to do is to take it slow. Start with a gentle exercise that is geared to increase your heart rate in a gradual way. You do not want to strain your muscles from the start, and it’s also a good idea to test your abilities before you try to take on the trampoline at the height of its abilities. Sounds a bit like a boxing match, doesn’t it?
Another important thing to remember is to use your trampoline safely. Keep it on a “one person at a time” basis, and if you are a parent, don’t let your children perform dangerous stunts on your trampoline, even if it may seem safe.
Also, keep in mind that, while trampoline exercises are still generally low-impact, you would do well to avoid forcing the exercises or trying out pretentious stunts, as a few light rebound techniques can still strengthen your bones and muscles, even if you aren’t overly enthusiastic with your bouncing methods.
Generally, if you follow all these tips, you will likely be able to fully enjoy your new trampoline, without any dangers or discomfort. Chances are you will be more energetic, toned and bursting with a positive attitude after only a couple of weeks of using the device.