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NASA Says Jumping Is Better Than Running

Yup, you read that right. According to a study by NASA, jumping on a trampoline, or "rebound exercise", is more effective and efficient than running. In fact, NASA's study shows that just 10 minutes of jumping on a trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes of running.

Not only is jumping a time saver due to its increased efficiency, but it is better for your joints as well. Running is a high impact activity and "can lead to orthopedic injuries", according to John Porcari, professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Because a trampoline absorbs some of the impact as opposed to running on a solid surface like concrete or a treadmill, orthopedic injury risk is greatly reduced.

NASA says jumping on a trampoline is better exercise than runningFurthermore, even though you get better exercise jumping on a trampoline than running, it doesn't seem that way. In other words, you're getting better exercise but the exercise actually feels easier. This is according to a study by Paige Burandt, B.S., John P. Porcari, Ph.D., Maria L. Cress, M.S., Scott Doberstein, M.S., and Carl Foster, Ph.D. with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). This study surveyed "fit" college students who were asked to jump on a trampoline for 19 minutes. Although trampolining was found to be a moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise based on measurements of their heart rates and oxygen expenditure, the college students gave scores showing that it felt more consistent with light-to-moderate intensity exercises.

We know there are many reasons someone may want a trampoline, now you can add this to the list of benefits of having a trampoline available to you in your backyard. So if you're on the fence about whether or not a trampoline is right for you, this may help you with your decision!



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Burandt, Paige, B.S., Porcari, John, Ph.D., Cress, Maria, M.S., Doberstein, Scott, M.S., and Foster, Carl, Ph.D.. "Putting Mini-Trampolines To The Test" ACE, Oct. 2016. Web. 17 Apr. 2018.

Body acceleration distribution and O2 uptake in humans during running and jumping., by A. Bhattacharyae, P. McCutcheon, E. Shvartz, and J. E. Greenleaf Biomedical Research Division, NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California 94035; and Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506