Weight loss depends on the ratio of calories consumed to calories burned, as well as factors such as metabolic function. According to CSGNetwork.com's calorie calculator, an hour of jumping on a trampoline can burn about 240 calories, based on a 150-lb. individual. How effectively you burn calories on the trampoline, however, depends on how regularly you jump and how many calories you consume.
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Calories and Weight Loss
Once you know the number of calories you expend in a given activity, it's relatively easy to estimate the approximate weight loss you can expect. On average, 1 lb. of fat provides your body with about 3,500 calories of energy. In other words, if you burn up that amount of extra energy in a week, you'll lose 1 lb. of fat. Conservatively estimating that you burn 200 calories per hour on a trampoline, you can shed a pound in just over two weeks, jumping an hour a day and keeping your diet the same.
Basal Metabolic Rate
While it's easy to approximate the weight loss based on caloric intake and expenditure, other factors, such as your basal metabolic rate, also affect weight loss. Basal metabolic rate refers to the number of calories your body requires just to carry out basic functions. For example, a person weighing more will need to use more calories to maintain the body's systems, even when at rest. For those looking to lose weight, one benefit of regular physical activity such as trampolining is that your metabolism burns fat more quickly as your ratio of muscle to fat improves. As a result, you can lose more weight from the same amount of exercise once your overall condition improves.
In addition to weight loss, those looking to improve their fitness level can reap varied benefits from a trampoline. Jumping on a trampoline is an aerobic exercise that uses the whole body, just like jogging or cycling. However, unlike running or walking, it's a low-impact exercise. As a result, your joints are far less susceptible to injury or fatigue. Other benefits include muscle toning, balance and coordination.
While a trampoline is a useful tool for a fat-burning workout, it's also accompanied with potential risks. The risk of injuries with trampolines is much higher than with other types of gym or sports equipment, particularly among children. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends allowing children to use trampolines only in supervised environments, following strict safety rules. Even adults are well-advised to learn about proper trampoline form before beginning a regular workout routine. Installing a trampoline at home may also increase homeowner's insurance premiums.