Thanks to big advances in communication and transportation technology over the past few decades, people are less motivated than ever to get up, go outside, and move under their own power. We drive to work, sit at our desks, text message people that are ten feet away from us, and top it all off with a solid couple of hours in front of the television each night. We've developed such an aversion to physical work, that it might seem hard for us to combine the words "fun" and "exercise" together in the same sentence. But when you have a back yard trampoline, it just might become possible.
Typically, people think of trampolines as kids toys, only useful when they need to expel a little energy, and then shoved into the attic, closet, or basement when they develop a much stronger interested in video games. Even worse, some people can only think of the accident stories they've heard, which usually entail kids (and sometime's adults) landing in a funny position and flying off the trampoline onto the ground. If you're looking for an easy, fun way to convince your family to get some much needed cardiovascular exercise, it's important to know that there are trampoline accessories specifically designed to increased safety.
One of the most important accessories that you can add onto your jumping platform is a trampoline net. This safety feature is designed to keep jumping bodies where they belong: on the platform. Some trampoline kits will come with the net included, but if not, there are two different kinds of trampoline enclosures you can purchase.
Installing a trampoline net onto your structure can be a little bit complicated, especially if you didn't set up your trampoline frame yourself. Find a partner that can help by handing you tools and helping you to hold the long poles that come with the net. Most trampoline nets come with foam padding wrapped around each of the poles, and it's important that you don't throw this foam away! It's part of the protecting wrapping that will keep people from being injured if they fall against the poles of the net while they're jumping.