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Why You Should Go Barefoot

When is the last time you went barefoot? Do you wear shoes or socks or slippers in the house? Do you remember the last time you felt the grass and earth beneath your toes? Why you should go barefoot is something the trampoline installers from InGround Trampolines talks with their customers about.

In our modern society, we have lost the desire or the time or the inclination to kick off our shoes and just go barefoot. When you were younger do you remember how rough and calloused your feet got because you and your friends never wore shoes?

As an adult, you don’t have to go back to a completely shoeless lifestyle, but going barefoot has some health benefits.

Why You Should Go Barefoot

When you walk barefoot you are having a connection with the earth, with nature and with yourself. Walking barefoot might make you stronger and give you better balance.

Here are some of the benefits we’ve found from being barefoot.

  1. Better balance. Even if you’re not wearing high heels, you don’t have as much balance when you’re wearing any kind of shoes. Balance comes from your connection with the ground beneath your feet. When you feel the ground you are waking up your vestibular system in your brain and stimulating your neural connections and that is helping you achieve greater balance. Balance is ideal for everyone, but especially for seniors who struggle with trip and fall accidents.
  2. You could increase your immunity. When you stimulate the nervous system by walking barefoot you can improve your immunity. When you play or walk in the sand, especially, your feet and toes are working harder to keep you upright and moving forward and that is an ideal way to stimulate your nervous system.
  3. Your feet may be less painful. We suffer pain in our feet when we wear ill-fitting shoes. If parents keep their kids out of shoes for as long as possible, the children may develop stronger, healthier feet.

  Jumping barefoot on a trampoline is another ideal way to embrace your barefoot routine!

Considering A Trampoline: Ask These Questions

As with any purchase, there are pros, cons and questions that need answers. Getting an above ground or an inground trampoline is no different. When you’re considering a trampoline: ask these questions and get answers that satisfy what you need and want to know.

If you’re buying something for your children to use and get enjoyment out of, you will want to do your homework and make certain you know the pitfalls and benefits before you not only buy a trampoline but when you decide if you want an inground or an above-ground model.

Grab a piece of paper and write down some trampoline pros. They could include:

  1. They’re fun
  2. They are a great way to get a non impact workout
  3. They build your coordination
  4. They help with balance
  5. Enhances hand-eye coordination
  6. It’s a great cardio workout
  7. Help prevent childhood obesity, or adult obesity, in your family
  8. If you’re an athlete, a trampoline is a great piece of workout equipment
  9. They are great for children all the way up to seniors

Here are some potential trampoline cons:

  1. Your insurance premiums may increase
  2. You or your family could get injured

A trampoline can provide hours of fun and entertainment right in your own backyard. A trampoline just might be a way to get your children off their electronic devices, out from in front of the television and into exercise. The exercise on a trampoline is disguised as fun and that makes it even better!

 Considering A Trampoline: Ask These Questions

 Almost anything you invest in for your family and children could lead to a potential injury. Whether your child is climbing on the swingset, riding a bike, being on the family swimming pool diving board or riding a horse they could get injured. Almost everything in life comes with risk.
It is up to the parents and adults in the household to set rules and parameters for use of everything from swimming pools to bicycles to jumping on a trampoline. Ask your trampoline seller for his or her advice on how to make your trampoline as safe as it possibly can be.
When you’re buying a trampoline, invest in as many safety accessories as you can afford when you buy your trampoline. Skimping on safety is never something you should do — no matter what you’re buying for your family.
If you’ve been considering getting your own family trampoline — in-ground or above ground — consider these pros and cons, do your research then give us a call. We can answer any questions you may have about becoming a trampoline owner.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Without Supervision Trampolines Lead To Injuries

Can you get injured on a trampoline? Yes. Can you suffer an injury if you ride a bike, swim in a pool or skateboard? Yes. How can you stay safe, no matter what you do? By having rules in place and supervising the activities. Without supervision trampolines lead to injuries — just as unsupervised swimming or bike riding or skateboarding can.

Regardless of what activity you undertake you could get injured. That’s the truth of life. You could cross the street, walk up a flight of stairs or even get up off the couch and injure yourself. When you weigh the risks against the many, many benefits of jumping on a trampoline, you will see the exercise and benefits far outweigh risks.

That being said, if you own a trampoline, here are safety measures that should be in place:

  • Adult supervision is needed
  • Only one person at a time should be jumping
  • The springs should be covered
  • Use safety mats to cover the springs and the space between the edge of the trampoline and the frame
  • Use a safety net
  • Make certain the trampoline, if it’s an above ground, is on level ground
  • Check for overhead dangers — tree limbs, the house
  • Never allow somersaults or backflips

There was a study conducted that showed children are more likely to suffer an injury. The main reason for that is that children are more likely to do “daredevil” activities. They are also more likely to disobey the rules of “only one person jumping at a time.” Children are also prone to wanting to jump from the trampoline to the ground and that can cause a serious injury because they are launching themselves high into the air before hitting the ground.

If you have opted to get your family a trampoline, whether above ground or inground, talk with us about the safety measures you can put into place to help minimize the potential for injury. Make sure everyone in the family understands what the safety steps are and why they are so important to follow.

If you’ve been considering getting your own family trampoline — in-ground or above ground — consider these pros and cons, do your research then give us a call. We can answer any questions you may have about becoming a trampoline owner.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

4 Questions To Ask When Buying A Trampoline

“We want a trampoline!!!” Have your children been begging for an in-ground or an above ground trampoline and you’re just not sure if you want to make the investment? We have come up with 4 questions to ask when buying a trampoline. There are more than four questions you will want to have answered, but this will get you started on the research process.

As with anything you’re investing in for anyone in the family you need to know whether it is something that will be beneficial or will just get “tossed in a closet” as soon as the thrill is gone!

4 Questions To Ask When Buying A Trampoline

Will it get used? You know how your children wanted that video game or toy or fill-in-the-blank and it just sits in the closet, in the garage or was never even opened? You certainly need to and want to, know whether you buy an in-ground or an above-ground trampoline that it will get used. Keep in mind that you, the adult, in the family will use the trampoline as well. Trampolines are not just for children anymore. 

Where will you put it? What are the sightlines in your yard and how will a trampoline fit in. Will you be able to place the trampoline in an area you can see it and make certain the children are safe?

Do you want an in-ground or an above-ground trampoline? There are pros and cons to either style and in the end, it may be a personal preference.

What are add-on costs? When you buy a trampoline, the trampoline itself is only one part of the purchase equation. You need to research the jump mat, the type of springs, the accessories and safety devices. Talk with us and we can give you a package price that ranges from the minimum items you need up to the full-scale amount of accessories and items necessary for trampoline fun and safety.

If you’ve been considering getting your own family trampoline — in-ground or above ground — consider these pros and cons, do your research then give us a call. We can answer any questions you may have about becoming a trampoline owner.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Trampolines Are Not Just For Children

Where are Grandma and Grandpa? If you said, “out jumping on the trampoline” you wouldn’t be too far from the truth! Trampolines are not just for children anymore. Seniors and anyone who wants to get in shape in a way that won’t cause harm to bones and joints are jumping (see what we did there) on the in-ground or above-ground trampoline craze!

There is hardly a day that goes by when you don’t read in the paper or in a magazine article, hear on the radio or see on television that “sitting is the new heart attack.” We are increasingly sedentary and that is leading to many health issues and increases in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. How can we combat that? By getting up and moving!

Trampolines Are Not Just For Children

Chances are your doctor will not approve of your hopping up from the couch and trying to run a marathon! Your doctor will approve of a slow and steady wins the race type approach to fitness.

When going from a couch potato to someone who wants to live a longer, healthier and happier life, you want to start out slowly. You will want to start an exercise routine that will help, not hurt, you. Walking is a great way to begin your exercise and fitness routine. Even if you get up and walk only five minutes a day, you’re doing something that will benefit you and your longevity. Walk five minutes a day the first week, then move up to ten minutes a day the next week and so on.

Walk several times a day. Walking after meals is a great way to aid in digestion and to start a routine. Take a walk after breakfast, lunch and dinner and maybe even before bedtime.

If you are walking and have been for a while now and want to do something else to add to your fitness routine, you may want to add jumping on a trampoline to the fitness routine.

Whether you have an in-ground or an above ground trampoline, rebounding provides a myriad of health benefits and is a workout you can do without fear of injury.

So, if you’re looking for Grandma and Grandpa — look to the trampoline!

If you’ve been considering getting your own family trampoline — in ground or above ground — consider these pros and cons, do your research then give us a call. We can answer any questions you may have about becoming a trampoline owner.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Pros And Cons Of Trampolines

Whether you’re getting a swimming pool, an above ground or an in ground trampoline or a bicycle, there are pros and cons to everything! What are the pros and cons of trampolines? We will share a few with you.

As with anything you need to use common sense, be responsible and invest in high quality equipment to assure you’re not going to get injured when on a trampoline, riding a bike or swimming in a pool.

Pros And Cons Of Trampolines

What are some of the cons of investing in an in ground or an above ground trampoline?

  1. You could get injured. That is why there need to be rules in place to keep everyone safe.
  2. Your insurance rates may increase or your insurance may be canceled
  3. You may need to get clearance from your local municipality to have a trampoline

Here are some of the pros of having your own trampoline:

  1. You build strong muscles, especially your core muscles
  2. You enhance your coordination
  3. It’s fun
  4. Rebounding is a great exercise that doesn’t lead to muscle or joint injuries
  5. Almost anyone can jump on a trampoline – no matter your age or health
  6.  It develops hand and eye coordination
  7. It is a great cardio workout
  8. Rebounding on a trampoline could help fight childhood obesity
  9. You’ll be spending time with your family in the outdoors and there is nothing better than being together surrounded by nature

If you’ve been considering getting your own family trampoline — in ground or above ground — consider these pros and cons, do your research then give us a call. We can answer any questions you may have about becoming a trampoline owner.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

Five Fun Things To Do On A Trampoline

Simply jumping on a trampoline is fun without doing anything else. What if you want to find other things to do on the trampoline whether you have an in-ground or an above ground trampoline? We have five fun things to do on a trampoline that will make your rebounding time even more fun.

Five Fun Things To Do On A Trampoline

Play dodgeball. If you have people of like weights on the trampoline, you can play a rousing game of dodgeball. Make certain you don’t over inflate the balls and no one will get hurt. You can even give each person a ball of his or her own, call one person “it” then have that person throw the ball at the others and they stop the ball by having to hit it with their own. You could even bounce a dodgeball on the trampoline mat and everyone has to jump up to avoid it.

Simon Says. Play Simon Says on the trampoline. Choose one person to be Simon and he or she can shout out things to be done on the trampoline… only if Simon Says, though!

Stay away! Get some small balls or even rubber duckies and toss a few on the jump mat. The idea is to stay away from the balls or rubber duckies by jumping over it or otherwise avoiding it. If you get touched by the ball or ducky you’re out!

Name that cloud. If you’re looking for a way to simply spend quality time with your family, grab a couple of pillows and lie back on the trampoline and name that cloud. It’s fun and imaginative.

Bubble time. Grab a bubble machine and stand outside of the trampoline — whether in ground or above ground trampoline — and blow bubbles down at the children. They will squeal with delight and have fun dodging or popping the bubbles. Make sure you thoroughly clean the jump mat once you’re done to get the bubble water off it.

Whether you’re playing games or having a workout rebounding on the trampoline, it is always fun!

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Unexpected Trampoline Benefits

If you’ve ever jumped on a trampoline — an in-ground trampoline or an above ground trampoline — you know how much fun it is. The idea of being air borne is exhilarating. Just the idea of defying gravity is thrilling as is landing on a soft surface that has give and won’t cause any injury to your bones and joints. There are some unexpected trampoline benefits that we want to share.

Jumping, also known as rebounding, on a trampoline is not only fun, but it will give you a full body workout. In fact, a study by NASA found that “rebounding on a trampoline is close to 70% more effective than jogging and requires less effort.”

Rebounding helps you develop both upper and lower body strength — the same as weight lifting does — without the worry of torn or pulled muscles. Jumping on a trampoline can even outperform swimming as a full body workout.

Unexpected Trampoline Benefits

Some benefits of trampoline jumping that you may never have thought about include:

  1. Building balance. When you bounce on a trampoline you’re developing your balance and the awareness of your body and its balance.
  2. You’re exercising, but it feels like you’re playing — win-win!
  3. Helps clear out your lymph nodes and remove toxins.
  4. You’ll build your endurance and enhance your muscle strength. You’ll be working your legs, but you’ll also be working your core muscles.
  5. Bouncing on a trampoline accelerates your pulse and heart rate and this is good for your cardiovascular health and lung capacity.
  6. Some people find their self confidence gets a boost when they jump on a trampoline even if they don’t excel in other sports.
  7. You won’t run the risk of injury that you would if you were jogging or working out at the gym.

Jumping on a trampoline is fun and easy and gives you a great workout. What could be better than that?

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

Guidelines For All Trampoline Users

Trampolines, both inground trampolines and above ground trampolines have long been popular. They appear to be growing in popularity, though now that adults have begun to realize how easy it is to get healthy simply by jumping on a trampoline. We offer these guidelines for all trampoline users to assure everyone is as safe as they can be on the trampoline.

It’s much easier to get healthy when you can do it in the comfort of your own backyard AND when you aren’t putting any undue stress or strain on your joints. We, at In-ground Trampolines, certainly understand the desire to find a way to get healthy while not risking injury and that’s why we work with our customers to assure they’re getting the best trampoline for their needs along with safety equipment.

Guidelines For All Trampoline Users

We have put together some basic guidelines to serve as a safety manual for beginning trampoline owners and as a reminder of safety measures for long-time pool owners. Here are a few of the many safety measures you should take:

  1. No one should jump alone. There should be someone supervising the jumping at all times.
  2. Don’t allow somersaults.
  3. Remove jewelry and earrings or anything that could catch on the jump mat and cause injury
  4. Jump barefoot, in sock feet or wear trampoline footwear
  5. Jump one person at a time unless it is an adult with a young child and the child is jumping while the adult is providing stability. Two jumpers may use the trampoline if they are evenly matched in weight

There are many ways in which injuries are caused when jumping on a trampoline and many of them can be easily avoided. Those causes of injury include:

  1. Hitting another jumper (that’s why it should really be only one person on the trampoline at a time)
  2. Doing stunts or back flips and getting injured
  3. Jumping or falling off the trampoline (No one should jump off the trampoline — they should use  the steps or ease themselves off the trampoline
  4. Getting injured on the springs (use spring covers)
  5. Keep the trampoline away from tree branches or structures where a jumper could hit his or her head

There should always be an adult in the area to supervise the jumpers. Trampolines, just like any other piece of equipment, are safe as long as you have rules in place for its use.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Do you need a trampoline cover?

Do you need a trampoline cover? Probably not. It’s like asking if you need a swimming pool cover. You don’t necessarily need one, BUT it can protect the jump mat and keep it viable and safer for longer, so why not?

The In-Ground Trampoline experts at our company do believe a trampoline cover can help extend the life of the trampoline jump mat and can protect it and keep it cleaner.

When you invest in an above ground or an in ground trampoline, you should research and look into all of the accessories available for purchase and make the decision on what you need to, and want to, do to protect your new investment.

Do you need a trampoline cover?

There are many accessories you can buy when you get your trampoline and you may not have considered a trampoline cover. If you haven’t here are some reasons you should:

  1. Your trampoline is exposed to the elements all the time.
  2. It can get covered with dirt, debris and bird droppings
  3. It will be subjected to rain, freezing temps, unrelenting sun… all of this takes a toll.
  4. It will keep the jump mat cleaner.
  5. A cover will make it easier and quicker to use the trampoline because you won’t have to spend valuable jump time, cleaning the mat

Look for a trampoline cover that is:

  1. Weather proof — not weather resistant. A weather proof cover will protect the jump mat from the damage of UV rays
  2. Look for a cover that will cover the springs and protect them from the elements. Chances are the springs are already covered by spring protectors (and they should be) you will want to protect all of the elements of your trampoline. Buy a cover large enough to encompass the entire trampoline

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

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