How a Trampoline Can Make Your Child Fit

July 30th, 2013 by

How a Trampoline Can Make Your Child FitWhen it comes to summer fun, it doesn’t get much better than jumping on a trampoline in the backyard on a sunny day. Bouncing high is a thrill and your kids probably can’t get enough of it, which brings us to our good news: Jumping on the trampoline can actually make your child fit. It’s a great form of exercise! Don’t believe us? Here’s how!

  • Jumping on a trampoline, or “rebounding,” is an aerobic exercise that increases the heart rate and improves cardiovascular strength. A strong heart will help your child play hard and play often.
  • Bouncing on a trampoline also helps your child develop better balance and coordination, as the springy surface requires control and strength to maintain the same path and weight distribution. Every time your child jumps, he will have to find a new center of gravity. Jumping on the trampoline requires your child to use many of his muscles: His legs to jump, his arms to balance, his core to stabilize—it is a workout that engages the entire body.
  • The weight bearing motion of jumping strengthens bones and muscles, helping your child’s body become strong and resilient. Jumping on the trampoline is not as hard on the joints as activities like running because the trampoline mat absorbs some of the shock of impact. Jumping on the trampoline is a lower-impact form of exercise for your child, making it an appealing and safe way to become healthier.
  • And last but not least, it’s fun! What kid would say no to bouncing on a trampoline? Because jumping on the trampoline is seen as a play activity instead of structured exercise, odds are good you’ll have a much easier time convincing your kid to jump on the trampoline for 10 minutes as opposed to going on a walk around the neighborhood. Who knows, your kids might make it to the trampoline Olympics one day!

So next time your kids are ready to run out to the trampoline to play, you can send them without reservation since they’ll also be getting some unintentional exercise. As long as your kids are following regular trampoline safety (only one jumper at a time, and no flips!) and your trampoline is properly maintained, bouncing on the trampoline is a fun way to play and keep the body strong.

Four Great Accessories For Your Trampoline

April 26th, 2012 by

Trampoline AccessoriesA trampoline is one of those products that seems to stand alone — you get a trampoline and then the fun begins and never ends. While this is true, there are also a variety of excellent and safety-enhancing accessories you can get to make your trampoline experience even more rewarding.

A Net: The first, and maybe most important, accessory you can get for your trampoline is a net to surround the outside. A net considerably minimizes risk of injury and danger when jumping near the outside of the trampoline edge, which may give you piece of mind when it comes to trampoline safety.

Trampoline Basketball Hoop: On the fun side, there are trampoline basketball hoops, which allow you and your children to live out all of your NBA fantasies. Basketball is a perfect example of an activity that can be enhanced by a trampoline, and it’s also a great game to play solo.

Trampoline Anchors and Ladders: Anchors and ladders are both great for enhancing the safety of the trampoline experience. Anchors keep the trampoline grounded, increasing the stability of your jumping as well as preventing the mat from acting as a sail in wind. Ladders help mount the trampoline, of course, and that also lessens the chances of falling when climbing on or off.

Trampoline Tents: Trampoline tents allow you to create a new environment on the surface of your trampoline, where smaller children can sleep, play, and hang out. Rather than your children making a fort out of your quilts and pillows in the basement or a bedroom, they have a ready-made one right outside, and it’s perfect for nice weather.

Sure, you can let your trampoline remain just a trampoline, but these items all show the ways in which the trampoline experience can be enhanced. Particularly with the different interests of family members, trampoline accessories allow everyone to be equally involved in the experience.

What You Need To Set Up A Trampoline

February 28th, 2012 by

Just like with a playset, a trampoline can be a fantastic addition to your home and yard—and, because you don’t have to do anything to your home, it’s the best kind of addition there is. But a few things need to be kept in mind before you commit to a trampoline, and to make sure your family’s experience using one will be fun and safe.

Make sure you have enough space. You want to leave about two feet of empty space around the entire circumference of the trampoline—this both keeps the trampoline protected from obstacles as well as ensures that, if someone were to dismount, they wouldn’t hit anything. And you want 20 feet of overhead clearance, so make sure there aren’t any low-hanging branches or other such intrusions.

Make sure you have a flat surface. This is very important, both for the safety of trampoline users and for the safety of the trampoline itself. Find a flat patch of land in your yard, and make sure that all of the framing sits evenly and level in the yard.

Make sure you know what you’re doing when you set up the trampoline. It’s very important that a trampoline is installed properly, since it will be bearing weight and has to sustain its springs and surface. If you plan to do the installation yourself, be sure to read the manual thoroughly and use the right tools and devices as prescribed. If you have any doubt about what to do or whether you’ll be able to set up the trampoline, you should bring in a professional to help. It may cost a little more, but the added safety and quality will be worth it in the long run.

Consider which kind of trampoline you want. Different trampolines offer different experiences. Play N’ Learn offers both the AlleyOop trampoline, which is a traditional-style spring trampoline that adds to safety because of a smoother, lower-impact bounce, and the Springfree trampolines, which use a different system. Springfree trampolines use fiberglass rods instead of springs, increasing safety and performance, and the mat is held above the steel frame instead of mostly level with it—decreasing the chance of a collision with the frame.

All of these are practical steps to take before purchasing anything, and trampolines are certainly no different. We think you’ll be enhancing your family’s experience at home with a trampoline from Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores.

Trampoline Safety Tips

January 26th, 2012 by

Few things match the excitement of bouncing on a trampoline. You get to pretend you’re a flying superhero, Lebron James dunking a basketball, or an Olympic gymnast. And in this case, what’s fun is also great exercise—and perfectly safe, as long as you use good common sense. After all, with the great power of flight comes some responsibility! Here are the things you should do to make sure your children and you are safe on your trampoline:

Perform periodic maintenance checks. The first thing you need to do before you use the trampoline are regular maintenance checks. Like any other piece of equipment, trampolines can wear down over time, and you should inspect the padding and mat for tears, ruptures and sagging, the frame to make sure it isn’t bent or broken, and the springs. After a few years, these may begin to wear out, and wear and tear can be accelerated by weather, so they should be checked before use.

Mind the weather. If your trampoline’s outdoors, it’ll be susceptible to weather, so always make sure to be aware of what it’s like outside. Trampolines should be secured to the ground in the case of heavy winds, and a trampoline weather cover can be purchased to protect it from rain and snow.

Make sure jumping is supervised. Children should always be supervised by an adult when on the trampoline. And trampolines should always be used with care and control: that means avoiding roughhousing, wild jumping and the edges of the trampoline.

Use a safety net and padding. A net is important, as it minimizes the possibility of falling from the trampoline onto the ground. Always make sure that the net isn’t used for climbing or anything like that, though, as that can cause rips and tears in the nets. Also, there should be padding on the edges of the trampoline to protect jumpers from harmful contact.

Put the trampoline on a flat surface. Try and ensure that the ground where the trampoline is located is as flat as possible—this both protects the trampoline and minimizes the chance of uneven jumps.

And be careful. Trampolines are powerful, and sometimes you can get a little more than you bargained for with a jump or a move. Always use a trampoline deliberately and know what you’re doing. If you’re trying to do more complicated or athletic maneuvers, have a spotter, and same goes double for children. Jumping on the trampoline is good enough exercise without having to be on an Olympic level. Also, the trampoline is not the place for a football game. Keep the sports on the grass.

Trampolines, especially those from Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores, are great additions to the yard or home – just make sure safety’s a priority, and take good care of your trampoline.