Of all the time I've spent in the gym, I could never call what I was doing fun. I enjoyed setting new milestones, I somewhat enjoyed learning to use new machinery that my gym purchased. I even somewhat enjoyed meeting new people, even though gym buddies are hard to come by. As I said though, I could never class any of this as fun.
Whilst browsing the internet, I was attracted to a fitness blog. There were many articles regarding how to get a perfect six pack this, how to lose 5 stone in 5 days that. One article that did catch my eye though was a “Get fit whilst having fun” article. It described the benefits of using a small indoor trampoline as a means to get a good cardiovascular workout, and even tone up or keep your legs, thighs and bum in shape. It claimed that 10 mins on the trampoline, even just doing a normal jump, is the equivalent of walking 1 mile at a brisk pace. I of course was skeptical but I was looking for a way to have fun whilst keeping fit so I thought I'd give it a try.
I picked up a small trampoline from an online retailer and it arrived a few days later. Being a small fitness trampoline, it was pretty cheap, around £ 30. I set it up in my spare room, in front of the TV with the music channel on. I had searched some basic aerobic exercises to perform on this trampoline before it arrived so I knew what to do and where to begin. Within 30 minutes of starting, even though I was rotating exercises, I was knackered. My legs were sore and I was dripping with sweat. Now I am a reliably fit person, I go to the gym 3 times a week and spend a few hours there each visit. The majority of my workout is cardio work, on cross trainers, treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes etc. I know there is a burn in period while performing new exercises but I was shocked at how well the trampoline worked. It was also pretty fun, bouncing up and down in front of the TV. The rotation in exercises kept it reliably fresh and I got a very good workout. My heart rate was at 170, which is around 80% for me, which is pretty impressive.
I whole heartedly recommend picking up a small trampoline if you are a fitness fanatic or even if you just want to ease into exercise if you are just starting out. It's something you can do in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace and it is the most fun form of exercise I have experienced.