Bungee fitness is a kind of resistance program that helps tone muscles while reducing pressure on the joints. In bungee fitness, a set of bungee cords is attached from the ceiling allowing the trainee to do aerobics, dance, bounce, jump up and down or even fly. .It works best for different fitness levels and can be used as an addition to dance, exercise, acrobatic performance, and fitness training. This fitness routine also has physiotherapy and rehabilitation effect. Any individual who is recuperating from an injury or trying to lose weight will benefit from bungee fitness training. By using bungee cords, one can do various aerobic activities like stationary cycling or jogging. Bungee workouts help to keep the body active and moving as much as possible. Bungee fitness workouts are a combination of core training, cardiovascular exercises, resistance training, strength training and full-body workout, altogether while being attached to a harness and bungee cord tothe waist. The harness and the bungee cord lessen the impact on the joints when incorporated with exercises like squats, lunges and jumps. The main benefit of the bungee cord is that it reduces body weight, making movement easier. Simultaneously, the body puts an effort to stretch the bungee cord when moving. This way the muscles undergo a resistance as well as endurance-focused workout.Bungee workout combines the elasticity of bungee cords with resistance training movements. Self-resistance exercises like planks or push-ups become easier to perform with bungee cords as they carry the body weight. As the body is constantly in motion, the stored fat in the body is activated and starts burning, thereby building muscles at the same time, i.e.Low-intensity exercise training.One can easily transition from simple resistance training movements (like squats, lunges, push-ups, planks) into more active movements (like running, jumping, or lateral shuffling) while harnessed to bungee cords. The workout aims to perform fast paced, explosive movements with aerial support to avoid any injury.Bungee fitness can be performed by people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. For people with osteoarthritis knee or elderly people, attaching to the bungee cords allows the resistance of the cords to lessen the impact and pressure on the joints during exercises that are of higher impact. If someone experiences difficulty with squats or squat jumps, they can try them with bungee cords and get that feeling of weightlessness.Exercising for 15 minutes with the bungee cords alone can burn up to 400 calories which is similar to exercising an hour at the gym!Benefits of bungee workoutToning of the core musclesBungee fitness targets the core muscles by providing resistance that enhances the toning of the muscles and improves fitness.Improves staminaJust like any other form of exercise, bungee fitness helps improve stamina. Bungee workout is a preferred way of exercising among many athletes as it not only improves stamina but also increases cardio endurance.Movement-based trainingBungee fitness involves a movement-based routine. However, even if the entire body is engaged, it does not make one feel exhausted after a workout.Improves body balanceFor the body to function efficiently, one must work on his or her body balance. Using the bungee cords, one can do balancing exercises such as changing the stance.Provides support while trainingBungee workouts do not require the use of any weight training equipment and can be performed without assistance. The cords provide support to the entire body thereby taking away the risk of falling.Improves strengthThe aerial aspect of bungee fitness helps in improving strength. It leverages the bodyweight against gravity, thus allowing the body to stay in a particular Yoga or exercise pose for a long time.Helps in fat burnThe resistance training movements used in bungee fitness activate the stored fats.. Doing a low-intensity exercise that keeps the body moving constantly can help to burn fat effectively.Enhances mobility and flexibility The workout impact on the joints is absorbed by the bungee cords which reduces any pressure on them. Bungee fitness not only improves mobility but also flexibility.Increased blood flowAs the body moves constantly, one may expect increased blood flow towards the muscle fibres.To concludeThe concept of bungee fitness is suitable for the young and the elderly alike. People with physical restrictions or arthritis can perform exercises using bungee cords.People who are overweight may also use bungee cords to get fit. It helps burn calories in a fun way. In addition, bungee fitness helps to release stress. Consult your physiotherapist before starting a new exercise routine.Dr Nikita Morwal is a consultant physiotherapist and certified yoga trainer.