By Judy Piersall

Recently, I saw an ad in a magazine for a “new” fitness workout: 20 minutes of high intensity, low impact trampoline training. I had to laugh to myself because I’ve been jumping on a trampoline for years, so it wasn’t new to me at all.

Granted, I don’t do any fancy workouts on my trampoline; I just turn my music on and jump for 20-30 minutes once a day. I may do some jumping jacks and crisscrosses, but for the most part I just jump to the beat of whatever is playing.

The benefits of jumping on a trampoline are many, however, most important for me at my age is it’s one of the best things to do for bone density. For those of you who either don’t like or can’t do weight bearing exercises, it’s equally, if not more, beneficial. It’s also great for your core and balance, not to mention the up and down motion helps flush your lymphatic system, ridding the body of built-up toxins. Lymphatic flushing can also help diminish cellulite. My runner friends argue you get the same thing from running, but I disagree. Plus, I’ll take jumping on rubber over pounding pavement any day.

Now I know what you’re thinking – especially you ladies who, like me, are older and have had babies – you could never do this because of bladder issues. Well, I had those same reservations and in the beginning it was challenging; however, as time went on, my bladder actually got stronger from jumping and now I have no issues with it at all. It’s also a good idea to jump on an empty stomach when possible.

You can buy a personal trampoline for around $25 at several retail stores. I position mine somewhere with a good view – whether inside or outside. It’s best not to wear restrictive clothing like tight workout pants or spandex. That’s right, you want some jiggle – loose fitting clothes better facilitate the flushing process. Remember you’re in the comfort of your own home, so jiggle away!

Speaking of bone density, did you know that a 24-hour urine test is the best test for bone density levels? It gives a true read on possible bone loss, and unlike a DEXA scan, involves no radiation. Ask your doctor about ordering one for you.

Until next time, here’s to healthy living, and remember…

The information in this article is intended solely as a sharing of information and knowledge based on real life experience. It is not a substitute for professional care, but a complement to it. It should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem; always consult your healthcare provider relating to any suspected health issues you may have.