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Should You Get A Trampoline? Pros & Cons

Your children have been asking for a trampoline for some time now. You’re beginning to research and are finding that trampolines — inground or above ground — are not such a bad idea! Should you get a trampoline? Pros & cons need to be researched and you need to be vigilant in supervision when anyone is on the trampoline, but we think they are a great and fun form of exercise!

Chances are you have heard that a child, or an adult, can get injured on an in-ground or an above ground trampoline and you want to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Should You Get A Trampoline? Pros & Cons

Here is our round-up of the advantages and disadvantages of using a trampoline.

The advantages:

  1. They’re fun
  2. Bouncing on a trampoline increases bone mass and strengthens your skeleton
  3. You will have better posture if you rebound
  4. Your cardiovascular health will be improved.
  5. Your children can jump on a trampoline and their legs and feet won’t suffer any stress because it is a low-impact workout.
  6. You may find that rebounding helps combat the symptoms of anxiety and stress because jumping on a trampoline increases the amount of endorphins released
  7. With a trampoline you may not need to nag your kids to get out of the house!
  8. You may see improved coordination and balance (this is ideal as we age)

Some of the cons of owning a trampoline:

  1. Your homeowner’s insurance may not cover you in the event of an accident. Talk with your insurance company before you get one so you know your risks
  2. You will need to constantly supervise your children so they use the trampoline safely
  3. Your kids will want to jump with their friends, but it’s safest to jump with only one person at a time so no in air or on the trampoline mat collisions occurs.
  4. You need to inspect the trampoline mat and springs to assure they are safe and secure. Not a big deal, just something you need to remember to do.

As long as you buy your trampoline from a responsible trampoline dealer and have safety measures in place, jumping on your own in ground or above ground trampoline can be fun for the entire family.

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.

How To Restore A Trampoline

For many inground and above ground trampoline owners, the season for rebounding has past. If you’re looking at your trampoline and wondering if it will serve you another season, you may be wondering how to restore a trampoline and we have tips.

Don’t think you have to completely toss away your inground or above ground trampoline because some of the components need some tender loving care.

How To Restore A Trampoline

  • Check the trampoline frame. This is the component that is most responsible for the trampoline being safe to use. Check the frame for corrosion or any weak spots and give your trampoline retailer a call to find out about replacing damaged or worn parts.
  • Inspect the jump mat. You’re looking for pilling on the surface, any worn areas around the springs and any portion where it looks worn on the mat itself. You can replace the jump mat and breath new life into the entire trampoline.  Being diligent in the use of a jump mat cover will help extend the life of the jump mat and protect it from the elements and from the damaging rays of the sun.
  • The springs on the trampoline can wear out, stretch or corrode over time. Look at the springs when they are at rest and measure the length of the spring from the mat to the frame. Do they appear stretched out? Are they in fact stretched out from their original length? If so, give us a call and let’s get them replaced before your next trampoline season comes around.
  • Is the safety enclosure intact? Have winds damaged the supports of the enclosure? Are there any rips or tears in the enclosure? If the answer is yes, you will want to replace them before anyone uses it again.

Depending on where you live, it might make sense to disassemble the trampoline and store it safety away so it isn’t damaged by harsh weather conditions.

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.

Pre-Storm Trampoline Care

As of this article writing, there are many storms brewing across the United States. In New York, for example, there are gale force winds predicted and gusts of wind up to 70mph predicted. If you have an above ground trampoline this could wreak havoc on your trampoline and even lead to property damage — yours or a neighbors! We have put together some pre-storm trampoline care tips.

When you know there is a storm coming you can prepare for it. Not all storms give you advance warning though, but when you know your area of the country is prone to weather events, it makes sense to care for your inground or above ground trampoline as though a storm is imminent at any time… because it might be!

Pre-Storm Trampoline Care

Batten down the hatches! Depending on the type of storm that’s being predicted you may need to, or want to, anchor the trampoline and lower the side safety enclosure. The amount of wind being predicted may lead to more drastic measures and you may want to lower the trampoline or move it to an enclosed space. If the wind gets under the trampoline it will lift it and send it sailing. An airborne trampoline can cause property damage and even has the potential to cause injury to humans or pets.

Cover the jump mat. Whether you have an above ground or an inground trampoline, make certain the jump mat is covered. Protect it from projectiles that may be taken aloft in the upcoming storm.

Cover the springs. This is especially important if you have an inground trampoline. If the springs are covered you will keep debris out of the jump pit and that will make it safer for jumping once the storm has passed. While it is unlikely that a branch or other projectile can get under the springs and jump mat and cause damage or injury — you just, honestly, never know.

After the storm has passed, go and inspect the trampoline for any storm damage. Don’t let anyone jump on the trampoline until it has been inspected for safety. An above ground trampoline — if not properly taken care of before the storm, could have suffered leg damage and you don’t want to have anyone jumping if that is the case.

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.

 

How Can You Get Healthy On A Trampoline?

Getting healthy and fit should be part of everyone’s routine, but getting to the gym, finding time to work out and paying the fees for a gym membership doesn’t make it easy. How can you get healthy on a trampoline? And why should you get healthy on a trampoline? There are many reasons!

If you have an inground or an above ground trampoline in the backyard you are getting fresh air and sunshine and you don’t have to fight the crowds or wait for machines at the gym. In as few as thirty minutes per day you can get as healthy on a trampoline as you can by running or biking. Note: rebounding on a trampoline is healthier on your bones and joints than is running.

How Can You Get Healthy On A Trampoline?

Here are a few more reasons to consider investing in an inground or an above ground trampoline.

  1. Cushioning for your joints. When you run you are jarring your bones and joints. Jumping on a trampoline is a non-impact exercise.
  2. Strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system. When you jump for only ten minutes a day you can strengthen the muscles responsible for a heart-healthy body.
  3. You’ll have more energy. The more you exercise, the more you will want to exercise — if that exercise takes place on your trampoline! When you jump on a trampoline you are getting more oxygen in your blood stream and this will make you more alert and more energetic.
  4. Jumping on a trampoline helps you with your coordination and balance. Coordination and balance are crucial as we age to help prevent falls and broken bones.

If “getting in shape” is on your to-do list, give us a call and let’s talk about your trampoline needs!

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.

What’s The Ideal Age To Use A Trampoline?

What’s the ideal age to use a trampoline? Medical professionals almost universally agree that a child should be at least six-years-old before they should jump on a trampoline. Yes, you could let your little one walk around and get a feel for the trampoline before then, but don’t allow them to get airborne.

Children should get physical activity, but jumping on a trampoline, when they are younger than six can lead to a serious injury. Young children don’t have the awareness of their bodies nor do they have the coordination necessary to safely jump on an inground or an above ground trampoline.

What’s The Ideal Age To Use A Trampoline?

When your children begin jumping on the family trampoline, parents and other responsible adults need to take precautions to keep them free from injury.

Here are some trampoline safety tips:

  • Until they are at least six-years-old, they can jump lightly on the trampoline, but no high jumps and definitely (no matter the age) no back or front flips.
  • Only one child at a time can jump on the trampoline. It is too easy for two, or more, children to get jumping and bump into one another. That collision can cause serious injury.
  • You need to inspect the trampoline and all of its parts before anyone jumps on it. Inspect the mat for any rips or tears and make certain the springs are fully and completely covered.
  • If you have an above ground trampoline, remove the ladders to remove the lure of the trampoline from younger children.
  • When you buy a trampoline, make certain you are getting one that is the best your money can buy. Buy an inground or above ground trampoline from a trampoline dealer who has a reputation in the industry and who sells high-quality US made components.

If you want to get in shape and have fun with your family, give us a call and let’s talk trampolines!

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.

Autumn Trampoline Care

Do you keep your inground or above ground trampoline available for use year-round? If so, you may want to practice some autumn trampoline care that will help you use it safely and to protect the trampoline equipment and the jump mat as well.

There is really no reason you can’t use your trampoline year-round — if you live in an area of the country that isn’t plagued with snow and ice. If you live in the northeast, for example, jumping on your trampoline when the jump mat has been frozen or is covered in snow could lead to its tearing and to it not being as jumpable as it would be if it wasn’t stiff from cold and ice. If you live in the frozen areas of the country you may need to resign yourself to not using your trampoline in the winter.

Autumn Trampoline Care

Caring for your trampoline in the autumn months could simply mean you’re spending more time cleaning off the cover before you jump on.

  1. Clean off the cover. If the cover of the trampoline has leaves and dirt and other debris on it, make sure you clean off the cover before you remove it. If you simply pull the cover off, the debris will fall on to the jump mat and you don’t want that. Use a soft brush or broom to remove dirt and debris.
  2. Clear off standing water before you remove the cover. In many areas of the country, autumn means a lot of rain. If your cover has standing water on it, get rid of the water — you can use a shop vac to remove the standing water. Again, you want to protect the jump mat from the standing water.
  3. If your area of the country is prone to high windstorms, you will want to make sure your trampoline is anchored — this is especially true for an above ground trampoline. If the wind gets under the trampoline it will lift it up, send it airborne and potentially damage it and the property it hits.

  When you’re not on the trampoline make sure it is properly and completely covered. Cover the springs and check the trampoline and its components before any autumn storms blow through and after the storm has passed.

Unless there has been a freeze you should be able to rebound on your trampoline during the crisp, cool months of autumn.

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 Healthy Autumn Activities

It’s easy to “take the day off” when it comes to exercising in the heat and humidity of a summer day, right? Even if you have an inground or above ground trampoline you may not want to go out doors and exercise. We have five healthy autumn activities you can do because now the weather is more amenable to a workout.Inground and above ground trampoline owners can turn their thoughts back to trampoline workouts because they know that a trampoline workout is not hard on the bones and joints and that they can jump to their heart’s content and get healthy while doing it!

Five Healthy Autumn Activities

  1. Embrace the cooler weather. The mornings are cooler as are the early afternoons. Plan a walk with a friend or family member of the family dog during these cooler times. Bundle up if you need to — dress in layers so you can shed a few if you get too warm. Walking, riding a bike and jumping on your trampoline in the beauty of a crisp fall afternoon is quite a treat.
  2.  If you’ve been spending a lot of time out doors this summer, but not exercising you can move get started slowly indoors on your autumn workout. Don’t just sit and watch television on a cool, rainy autumn day — get up and move when the commercials come on. Do some jumping jacks, some knee bends or go outdoors and jump on the trampoline until your show comes back on!
  3. It’s sometimes difficult to get back to a workout routine, especially when you’ve fallen off the exercise wagon as it were. Start out slow — jump on the trampoline just a few minutes a day a few times a day. Work back up to a fuller, longer workout. You need to make working out a part of your day — work it into your daily routine and make it nonnegotiable.
  4. Give yourself thirty days to get back into your trampoline workout. It takes that long to integrate exercise back into your lifestyle. It also takes that long to start, or stop, a bad habit. Don’t give up.
  5. Remember how great you feel once you’ve exercised for a while. After you’ve gotten off the trampoline, don’t you feel a bit better about yourself? Don’t you feel happy that you have taken that time for yourself and done something you love?

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.

How To Care For Your Trampoline

If you’ve given into your children’s request for a trampoline or if you’ve been wanting one for yourself as a way to get more out of your workout, we offer tips on how to care for your trampoline. Caring for your trampoline properly will help not only protect the investment but will keep it safe for everyone, every time they use it.

How To Care For Your Trampoline

Here are tips to keep your trampoline, and those who use it safe:

  1. Don’t use any harsh cleaning solutions to clean the jump mat. Ask us how to safely clean it.
  2. Don’t let your children play under the trampoline.
  3. Don’t let children play with or climb on the springs
  4. Keep your dogs and cats off the trampoline
  5. Cover the jump mat when it’s not in use. It will protect it from damage and sun exposure
  6. Assure the springs are covered with safety devices to prevent injury
  7. Buy your trampoline — whether inground or above ground — from a reputable trampoline seller who sells high quality equipment and stands behind his or her product

Is there anything you can do to make rebounding safer?

  1.  Only one person at a time should be jumping on the trampoline
  2. No back or front flips
  3. Make sure there is nothing under the jump area if you have an above ground trampoline
  4. Make sure no one jumps from the trampoline to the ground when getting off
  5. Give the area above the trampoline a good look to make sure there is nothing that someone using the trampoline could jump up and hit his or her head on
  6. Take your shoes and jewelry off when rebounding

Many times it is common sense that will keep your trampoline in good shape and keep everyone who uses it from harm.

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.

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.

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