Eva Longoria says she hops on a trampoline for exercise. Here’s what experts say about the benefits of bouncing.

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While many stars wax poetic about their passion for Pilates, and others swear by their weekly spin class routine, Eva Longoria has a different kind of exercise recommendation. For the former Desperate Housewives star, the ideal way to break a sweat is on her mini trampoline.

In her recent interview with Women’s Health, the Grand Hotel producer — who uses workout routines from trampoline fitness studio The Ness at least five days a week — explained her passion, "Bouncing on this trampoline is low impact, so you get a sweaty workout without all the pounding on your knees."

Eva Longoria swears by her trampoline workouts, but what do experts say about the benefits of bouncing?  (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Eva Longoria swears by her trampoline workouts, but what do experts say about the benefits of bouncing? (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Longoria is so committed to her routine that she even takes her trampoline with her when she travels. But is trampolining really that great of a workout? Dr. Nina Shapiro, author of The Ultimate Kids' Guide to Being Super Healthy and professor at UCLA School of Medicine, gives it the seal of approval.

"[Trampolining] is a great form of aerobic exercise, as the high-level activity can increase heart rate and even lead to working up a sweat," Shapiro told Yahoo Life. "In addition, many people, especially those that may be reluctant to exercise, find it a lot of fun. This really can impact overall benefits, as if the activity is one that is enjoyable and not dreaded, people will be more inclined to do it more frequently and for longer periods of time. The bounce of rebounders, or mini trampolines, also takes some of the pounding pressure off of joints, which may minimize overuse injuries from activities such as running or jogging."

Aly Giampolo, founder and method director of The Ness, confirms that the mental health benefits are just one of the reasons clients like Longoria adore their workouts.

"Of the many reasons why people love trampoline workouts, their inherent joyfulness is high on the list," she told Yahoo Life. "It's nearly impossible not to smile while you're on a trampoline! Many of our clients find that in addition to being joyful, trampolining in the way that we do at the ness can be meditative even though the workout itself is very high energy. In our method, we sequence a series of different moves together to create a choreographed routine throughout class. By doing so clients are not only getting a high intensity cardio push, they are able to remain completely present in their workout by challenging their coordination and memory skills."

One thing that is up for debate, however, is whether trampolining really encourages lymphatic drainage — a process which, according to Healthline, accelerates the absorption and transportation of lymphatic fluids which contain toxins, bacteria, viruses and proteins. It's one of the benefits that Longoria says keeps her coming back to bouncing.

Shapiro explains, "While there may be no specific link to lymphatic drainage improvement from this activity, the overall benefit to cardiovascular health and fitness, as well as muscle strengthening, will secondarily have benefits to the lymphatic system. Those with sedentary lifestyles, and more notably those who are living with obesity, tend to have poorer lymphatic drainage, especially in the lower extremities."

So how can one incorporate trampoline workouts into their own workout routine? Certified personal trainer Tony Coffey, owner of Bloom Training, told Yahoo Life that for many people, trampolining might work best paired with other exercises due to its high-intensity nature.

"When comparing the trampoline trend to other popular methods of cardio, it's going to fall short in how much you can get out of it," he explains. "Although you might burn more calories in the moment, you likely can't trampoline for 20 or 30 minutes like a walk or jog. I would use this more as a warm-up to your normal workout or exercise routine, not the entire workout. Optimally I would pair this as a warm-up to any solid weight training routine to get the blood flowing and wake up your central nervous system before exercise."

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