umping on a trampoline, or “rebounding,” has been recognized as one of the most beneficial forms of exercise. A 1979 NASA study confirmed this, and those findings were published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 1980. But what makes rebounding so effective, and what are the benefits?

As we already know, any form of exercise burns fat and calories consumed throughout the day. Jumping on the trampoline gets the heart rate and respiration up, which increases metabolism, red blood cell counts, and lung capacity, and strengthens the heart muscle, which lowers blood pressure — all without the shock to the legs, thighs, feet and back that running and speed-walking can cause. And this all leads to weight loss! Who doesn’t want to lose a few pounds?

Are you not as graceful as you once were? Trampolines can help you get your swan-like moves back. A few minutes every day can increase your coordination, agility and timing. Sports enthusiasts of all stripes use trampolines on a daily basis, whether they play baseball, football, basketball, ski, skate or even cheerlead. Balance and coordination are important in any physical activity, and the trampoline is a great way to build those skills.

No one likes to be sick. Did you know that your lymphatic system is the part of your body’s inner workings that moves waste products out and fights infections? Researchers have found that the fluid secreted by the lymph glands relies on muscle contractions to do its job. So get that lymphatic fluid moving and remove those waste products from your body with a rebounding exercise program.

Bone loss is something we don’t think about when we’re young. However, just as our muscles need exercise, our bones benefit from exercise as well, and become stronger with moderate stress and exercise. Regular exercise has been proven to lead to higher mineral levels. Plus, the stronger your bones are earlier in life, the less of a chance you’ll develop osteoporosis or suffer a broken bone. Rebounding is a perfect activity to strengthen your bones and elevate mineral levels.

We all know kids love trampolines. Having one gets them started into a rebounding exercise program early, so instead of exercise being a routine chore, it becomes a part of their active life. A trampoline also draws other kids into a more active lifestyle, and soon they will want a trampoline of their own! Rebounding breaks the cycle of staring at the television, a computer screen, or at their smartphones all day and leading an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle. Healthy, active kids do better in school also, so add “increased academic performance” to the list of benefits of rebounding.

A trampoline is a one-time investment. A quality unit will last for many years, and is always right there when you are ready to exercise. A small, indoor trampoline is easily stored and pulled out when ready. Pop in your earphones, or turn on your favorite TV show or movie while you rebound.