Here at Fit After 45 we want to present ways for people over 45 to stay fit and stay committed to a super healthy lifestyle. This means looking for both conventional and unconventional forms of fitness, and it was with the unconventional in mind that we reached out Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Sky Zone is the world’s very first indoor trampoline park and they bill themselves as the creators of fun fitness.
Sky Zone opened its first location in Las Vegas in 1994 and has grown to include over one hundred all around the world, including parks in Europe, Australia, the US and 11 locations in Canada. Sky Zone Toronto, located in Leaside, opened in 2013 and is the GTA’s second facility, with the first one having opened in 2011 in Mississauga. The Mississauga location, at 403 and Mavis, was an immediate hit when it opens and continues to be one of Mississauga’s number one family attractions. The Toronto Location boasts 3 open jump spaces and a trampoline dodge ball course.
There are also Sky Zone locations in Kitchener, Ottawa, St.Catherines, Vaughan and Whitby with a new location in London having just been announced.
I asked the folks at Sky Zone to give us the low down on why Trampolining has become so popular and why it’s such great exercise – here’s what they had to say:
- What are some of the health benefits of Trampolining?
Trampolines and rebounders increase your muscles’ strength and fitness. The benefits of this is the increase to your pulse rate brought about by jumping. Trampolining improves your circulation and ensures that oxygen is pumped around your body more efficiently, making you feel healthier and more alert. Plus it’s a great way to keep your weight down.
- Can you elaborate on how Trampolining may benefit people with arthritis and other joint related issues?
The rebounder is in essence just a trampoline that has been scaled down to size. A trampoline is also ideal because arthritis usually attacks middle-aged people and individuals who are of an advanced age. Trampolining lets you work out those joints, so that the muscles around them get stronger and you improve your flexibility.
- How many calories can you burn in an hour of Trampolining and how would this compare with other cardio workouts?
Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour on our wall-to-wall trampolines! SkyRobics is low-impact, healthy fun that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. SkyRobics is one of the most dynamic, effective and active workouts you can get! Don’t worry, any level of athlete will feel rejuvenated after this workout? Versus other workouts that range only from 200-500 calories.
- Do you have classes for beginners and older athletes?
Yes. We have classes for guests that have never been on a trampoline to an all-round expert. We cater to the needs of the jumper and guide them on how to safely workout while having a great time!
Sky Zone aren’t the only folks who are big on the health and fitness benefits of Trampolining. A quick look into the current trend shows that a lot of personal trainers are pointing to the immense benefits.
According to JumpSport fitness expert Steve Carver, “Trampolining reduces impact by 40 percent, it allows you to work out harder and recover faster since your body isn’t getting as beat up as it would doing impact exercises on the ground,”.
Michele Borboa from sheknows.com echo’s the benefits of Trampolining, “Jump workouts are not only a quick way to tighten, tone and build core strength, they can also shred calories and boost cardio as effectively as going for a run — without the stress on your joints”
Sports Scientist James Winfield points out how many benefits there are to Trampolining, “the ‘push’ motion forces the lymphatic valves to open and the ‘jump’ motion closes these valves at the top of the jump. This creates a ‘pump’ effect which moves and recycles the lymph and the entire blood supply through the circulatory system many times during the course of the rebounding session, providing a free-flowing system that drains away the potential poisons – toxins such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous wastes, fat, infections, viruses, heavy metals, and other assorted junk cast off by the cells – from the body.”
Regardless of the reasons you want to head to Sky Zone, whether for fun or for a work out, the only certain thing is, you’ll walk out having gotten both. Make sure to check out Sky Zone at: http://www.skyzone.com/