There are two main times of year when people contemplate their physical fitness: in the new year after the standard Christmas over eating and at the start of summer when people want to look their best on their beach holiday.
Starting out on the path to improving your physical fitness is a fantastic thing. You will look better, feel better and have better health. However you need to find a way to make a lifestyle of including exercise in your day to day routine.
The first port of call is usually to look into a gym membership. You will then most likely have to pay for direct debit for a yearlong membership. Gyms don't like you paying according to how much you use the facilities because the best way to retain people is to tie them into a long term membership.
If you find that the gym isn't for you then you will end up paying for a year of membership you hardly use and not getting any further forward with your goals.
Super Efficient and Fun Exercise! (Approved by NASA)
Some people prefer to do exercise at home and it may surprise you to know that trampoline exercise or rebounding provides a very effective method of cardiovascular fitness.
A NASA study published in 1980 in the Journal of Applied Physiology stated that Rebound Exercise is "the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man." It also found that people exercising on a trampoline exerted a greater amount of effort when bouncing compared to jogging.
Further research into trampoline exercise in a 2006 NASA research in the journal "Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine" supports this claim. It says that rebounding is almost 70 percent more effective in fitness training than jogging for a same amount of time on a flat track.
People who have busy schedules can definitely use doing a more efficient form of exercise as they can get create a great caloric expenditure working on their fitness for the same amount of time and thus lose more weight.
Trampoline exercise is also a lower impact exercise on joints. This is because the impact of the acceleration and deceleration is absorbed by the bounce mat of the trampoline. If you are running on a hard surface like concrete then your joints will absorb more of the impact because there is less give. This means that if you exercise regularly on a trampoline as opposed to jogging it will cause less long term damage to you joints.
Another factor that trampoline based exercise may have over the gym or running is that it is more fun! There are a variety of different situations you can do participate in trampoline exercise including gymnastics classes, mini trampolines and garden trampolines. Regardless of the method you choose you may find yourself having a lot more fun than miles of running on concrete or lifting weights.
This is actually very beneficial to your overall success with an exercise program because you need to attain a level of consistency. If you look forward to a gymnastics class on a trampoline every week you are more likely to stick with it and therefore reap the benefits in the long run!