I am sure you have all seen mini-trampolines at the gym, but how many of you have ever hopped on one for a workout? Mini-trampolines are not only cute and compact, but they're also a great source for a little exercise variety.
I like to structure a mini-trampoline workout similar to how I would work with a jump rope.
1. 00:00-05:00 Warm-up, jump slowly using both feet
2. 05:00-10:00 Jump on both feet
3. 10:00-12:00 Jump using right foot only
4. 12:00-14:00 Jump using left foot only
5. 14:00-15:00 Jump slowly using both feet
Repeat steps 2-5 three times. If three repetitions is two times too many, start with just doing one complete set and work your way up to the full 30 minutes. Cool-down with your choice of activity for 5-10 minutes. You can buy a mini-trampoline (like the one pictured above) for $29.99 at FogDog.com.
Fit's Tip: Two things. First, don't do this if you have a headache or if you feel one coming on, jumping can really make the pain worse. Second, I prefer to do routines on the mini-trampoline in front of a TV (or mirror), since the repetitive nature of jumping up and down can get really boring after just a few minutes.