Benefits of Rebounding Exercise
I have read that an 8 minute session on the mini-trampoline is the equivalent of 24 minutes of jogging! It’s this type of efficient and beneficial exercise that I want to be a part! In truth, I want exercise to be:
Think about what your goals are. Have you ever looked at a fit, slim, healthy athlete and thought “OH! I wish I have a body like this?” Then when you think of the hours of gym work that must have gone into that, and you go “Urg! That’s not for me”?
There is good news! That can be you! What single exercise do you know that fits into these categories? It is low impact, fun, easy, efficient, effective and healthy, all at the same time?
Welcome to the Art of Trampolining
Trampolining is a sport in which gymnasts perform acrobatics while bouncing on a trampoline. These can include simple jumps to more complex combinations of forward or backward somersaults and twists. Sure, you may not be an athlete, and you are not actively planning on competing in the Olympics.
But you want a fit, lean, mean, healthy body frame, right? Then let me introduce you to trampolining’s sibling, rebound exercise.
Rebound exercise as defined by Wikipedia is a type of elastically leveraged low-impact exercise usually performed on a device known as a rebounder—sometimes called a “mini-trampoline”—which is directly descended from regular sports or athletic trampolines.
Some of the basic movements and actions of rebound exercise include bouncing in place (sometimes also called “jumping”), jumping jacks, twists, side-to-side motions, running in place, dance movements, and a wide variety of other movements, patterned or un-patterned, with or without the use of hand-weights or other accessories. A rebound exercise program can focus on aerobics, strength, or just simple easy non-jarring movement, depending on the needs of the person bouncing.
There are several benefits that can be derived from an active trampolining or rebound exercise regime. Some of the benefits of trampolining and rebound exercise include;
- It stimulates your metabolism.
- It improves the circulation of the lymph through the lymph glands
- It increases oxygen capacity.
- It strengthens the heart (Cardiovascular health)
- It improves your sense of balance.
- It firms and tones the muscles
- It increases oxygen circulation to tissues.
- It increases energy and sense of vitality
It’s also not damaging to your body when performing the exercise. More benefits that can be accrued from trampolining and rebound exercise are:
Not only does improved circulation pump clean oxygen into your brain, making you feel more alert, but also the physical activity you perform whilst trampolining will make you feel happier, more positive, and even more self confident. Endorphins, the positive mood-enhancing natural chemicals released by all exercise including jogging, cycling and even sex are triggered by trampolining; but, added to this, the sheer fun factor of jumping up and down will make you smile, make you laugh, make you feel really happy. It’s unavoidable: it’s hard to feel blue when you’re bouncing, especially in the fresh air.
Osteoporosis is a condition that many people are afflicted with today. We know that bone density and bone mineralization are laid along axial lines of stress. When we rebound there is an acceleration and deceleration that happens on each jump. The average person can accelerate and decelerate approximately 100 times per minute.
The G-force that occurs is about 2 times if you do the health bounce (feet don’t leave the mat) and 3 times your weight if your feet leave the mat 6 inches. This means if you’re holding 10 pound dumbbells while you’re jumping, you’re really adding about an extra 30 pounds of stress to every cell and muscle in your body.
Because the acceleration and deceleration impacts every cell and muscle in the body, it acts as a whole body exercise and helps to put angular stress on every bone that is attached to your muscles.
There’s a pretty popular study done by NASA when astronauts returned from space and they began using rebounding to regain bone density. When they were in space away from gravity of the earth, they lost a significant amount of bone density.
Rebounding was used as a main strategy to help rebuild bone mineralization and reverse osteoporosis that was occurring in astronauts.
Trampolines and rebounders increase your muscles’ strength and fitness. The benefits this, and the increase to your pulse rate brought about by jumping, brings to your heart and circulation ensures that oxygen is pumped round your body more efficiently, making you feel healthier and more alert. Plus it’s a great way to keep your weight down.
It Helps Balance, Reaction Time & Coordination
When you’re rebounding you’re actively engaging your mind/body connection using your ocular nerves and inner ear canal. This helps to stimulate and strengthen your balance, timing, coordination and reaction time.
Because your body is moving in directions that it cannot prepare for on some of the bounces, it helps to put your physiology in a kinesthetic state of learning and reacting.
Supports the Cardiovascular System
The benefits of rebounding include the cardiovascular system. First, just as rebounding supports lymph circulation, it supports the circulation of blood. Rebounding decreases blood pooling in veins to improve chronic edema and rebounding can even lower blood pressure by aiding blood circulation.
Trampolining and Rebound Exercise are great ways to get your body into shape, to burn excess fat and generally improve your health and well being. Get started today!
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- Comparisons – Finally, I have a list of various rebounders, which should guide you to the answer of this question. Which rebounder is the BEST?