You can bounce your way to better physical fitness, but do it one at a time for safety.
Trampolines are a lot of fun, but they're also a lot of hard work. Jumping your way to better health can be an excellent way to bring excitement back to your fitness routine. There's no absolutely right or wrong choice when you're deciding between a mini or a full-sized trampoline.The right model for you depends on your goals, needs and comfort zone.
Working It Your Way
A big trampoline opens up exercise possibilities because the larger space allows more room for a variety of exercises. You might jump rope, run, do flips or pushups on a large trampoline. A mini trampoline, by contrast, has fewer workout options; still, many workout programs are designed around mini trampolines. You might run in place, jump while lifting weights, quickly jump on and off the trampoline or simply jump up and down.
Both mini and full-sized trampolines can give you a strong cardiovascular workout. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, a 155-pound person will burn around 246 calories jumping on a full-sized trampoline for 30 minutes. According to Jumpsport.com, you can burn more calories on a mini trampoline than you can jogging. The site says that a 155-pound person will burn around 210 calories jumping on a mini trampoline for 30 minutes -- slightly fewer than you'd burn on a full-sized trampoline.
Large trampolines pose significant safety risks because of their height. Jumpers can fall off and develop head injuries or break bones, and the large size of these trampolines makes it easier to perform dangerous stunts. Mini trampolines are usually closer to the ground with little room for stunts, making them a safer option for adults. If you get a trampoline and have kids, be forewarned. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that trampolines pose serious injury risks to children, and advises keeping kids off trampolines altogether.
The small size of mini trampolines makes them a more economical choice. You'll generally pay anywhere from $30 to a few hundred dollars for a mini trampoline. Full-sized trampolines, however, can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. If you purchase safety equipment such as nets or padding, your costs can go even higher.