Perhaps you have not heard of rebounding before, but this form of exercise has been around for several decades now, and is growing in popularity lately.
So exactly what is rebounding, and even more importantly, how might it improve your health? Take a moment to consider this exciting form of low-resistance exercise, as well as the numerous reasons why it could be an ideal exercise to include in your regular schedule.
What Is Rebounding?
Essentially, rebounding is jumping on a mini trampoline in a conscientious manner, and for that reason, it is sometimes referred to as: the trampoline workout. Rebounding has actually been around for a long time, but only recently has it begun to enjoy wider attention. In fact, NASA researched its potential in the 1980s and cited numerous important health benefits.
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Rebounding is performed by standing on a mini trampoline with your feet shoulder-length apart and your arms and shoulders relaxed, and lightly bouncing up and down while slightly bending your knees. Generally speaking, your feet should come a few inches off the trampoline with each bounce, but the intensity of the exercise can be varied accordingly by bouncing higher or by not fully leaving the trampoline. The exercise is repeated 20 to 30 times, followed by a rest period of about 15 seconds, and then repeated for a total of three rounds. (Again, these are merely general recommendations, and the repetitions and/or rounds may be adjusted accordingly to match the desired intensity).
This exercise is the basic form of rebounding, but mini trampolines can be used in many more ways, including for jumping jacks, planks, squats, knee raises and even pushups. Take some time to research rebounding and these related exercises to determine what routine makes the most sense given your current physical condition.
Looking for a little inspiration? Check out this fun video demonstrating a rebound workout:
Rebounding and these other types of exercises are easy to do at home, and require very little in the way of equipment, space and time. Many of the mini trampolines designed for rebounding can be folded and stowed away easily, and vary greatly in price from under $50 to $500 and beyond. From a practicality standpoint, rebounding is hard to beat. And more importantly, there are several reasons why it is effective and beneficial:
1. Easy On the Joints
One of the key benefits of rebounding is that it is an effective, low-impact exercise for people with concerns about their joints. As opposed to running or weight training, rebounding does not place an excessive amount of strain on joints, as the mini trampoline is able to flex and absorb much of the impact upon landing. Pressure is more evenly distributed throughout the lower body, and the repeated motion helps to promote skeletal and muscular growth, which takes even further impact off sore joints.
2. Promotes Weight Loss
As many people are seeking exercises that can help them achieve or maintain their desired weight, it is important to note that rebounding can promote weight loss too. Rebounding is a full body exercise, helping to burn additional calories, while potentially aiding in increasing one’s metabolism. Moreover, rebounding may help to enhance both the digestion and elimination processes, helping our bodies to process our food more efficiently.
3. Improves Cardiovascular Fitness
High intensity aerobic exercises like running, biking and swimming are certainly effective, but not necessarily critical in order to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Rebounding makes the body and cardiovascular system work, so it certainly can improve aerobic function and breathing capacity. In addition, because rebounding activates your cardiovascular system, the increased circulatory function is helpful in strengthening and protecting your heart.
4. Helps Maintain Balance
Maintaining our sense of balance becomes increasingly difficult as we age, and rebounding is an excellent way to limit this natural deterioration. Rebounding is able to improve balance by stimulating the vestibule in the middle ear and promote your brain’s responsiveness to such stimuli. The repetitive nature of rebounding forces this process to occur repeatedly, making it more routine and natural.
5. Improves Immune and Lymphatic System Function
Our lymphatic system plays a key role in removing toxins from our bodies, and it is believed that rebounding causes the production of more lymph, which drives this process. Lymph fluid is an important component in a health immune system as well, so rebounding has the ability to reduce our susceptibility to various diseases and illnesses as a result.
6. Drives Muscle Development
Rebounding requires repetitive use of all of the different muscles in our legs, as well as involving our core muscles, and even our arms to a lesser extent. As our muscles are repeatedly called upon to perform the bouncing and stability that rebounding demands, they become stronger and more capable of higher function — not just in terms of rebounding itself, but in other aspects of life as well.
7. Stimulates Improved Body Functions
There are clearly a large number of different ways that rebounding helps to promote better health and improved overall bodily function. In addition to all of the benefits already cited, rebounding stimulates mitochondrial production on the cellular level, and thereby may drive cellular endurance throughout the body. Rebounding truly is a full body exercise and therefore has a positive impact on virtually every part of our bodies.
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Derek is a technical writer and editor with 10 years of experience in the health care field, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Delaware. He is a contributing author on a number of textbooks in the medical field, ran a nuclear cardiology licensing course, and has written a variety of other pieces from online training courses to medical software manuals. Derek pursues his personal interest in health and wellness by playing multiple sports and running marathons. An insatiable traveler, he spent 16 months working and living abroad while traveling through South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.