Have you tried a rebounding workout yet? It’s one of the hottest new exercise trends, and given that I’ve just started doing it myself, I can certainly see why.
What is rebounding, you ask? Rebounding is another word for jumping on a trampoline. A mini, one-person trampoline, that is. You can get your own rebounder and exercise at home, or try a rebounding workout class at your local gym.
The best part is that anyone can do a rebounding workout, regardless of age, weight, or level of athleticism. Just step onto that mini-trampoline and bounce.
Rebounding Workout Benefits
It’s low impact.
If you have issues with your knees or joints, or if you haven’t done much aerobic exercise, this is a terrific way to start! The trampoline is light on the joints so you won’t feel it afterwards as much as you might feel a light jog on pavement. It has a major advantage over other forms of exercise because of its low level of trauma to the musculoskeletal system.
Well, it can be, if that’s what you want. Don’t be fooled by hearing that it’s low impact on your joints because you can still get an incredible workout. Run faster, lift your knees higher, bend lower – it’s all up to you. The best part about rebounding class or doing it yourself at home is that you can make it what you want.
Experts say that there are 3 types of rebounding exercises:
Healthy Bouncing is literally and simply bouncing up and down on the trampoline without your feet leaving it. This is best done for folks who are new to exercise or those who are battling injury or illness.
Strength Bouncing is jumping up as high as you can with a flat foot. This move is important as it can help with balance as it stability.
Aerobic Bouncing is taking rebounding one step further into different moves, such as running in place, jumping jacks, alternating legs, twisting,, and even dancing.
You don’t have to be super coordinated.
I’m not ever going to be a Zumba girl. Why? Because I just know that I’m the person who will go left when the class is going right and could end up clocking one of my neighbors accidentally. But if you can jump, you can do a rebounding workout. Go to a class, watch one online or on TV, or just pump up the music (may I suggest the appropriately named song by Van Halen) then go ahead and jump!
There are a lot of folks who like to work out at home early in the morning before anyone else has woken up. This sometimes limits the activities that can be done, because many of them are noisy. If I were to hit the treadmill in my house, for example, the pounding would be bothersome to everyone in the family. Rebounding is very quiet and can easily be done with headphones on so you’ll get a great workout without alarming the troops.
It may help your heart.
An exercise program on a mini-trampoline has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels and may have the potential to control blood glucose. Research has also found that rebounding exercise may be helpful for managing cardiovascular risk in people with type 2 diabetes. After rebounding, people with diabetes showed significant improvements in insulin resistance and their lipid profile improved, as did cholesterol, triglycerides, and insulin resistance.
It may keep you balanced.
Balance and motor skills are important at all stages of life, and it is known that as we age, we may begin to have more difficulties with maintaining balance. Studies have found that rebounding program can be effective for helping school aged children through the elderly for improving both balance and motor performance, as well as promoting a more active and healthier way of life.
It’s great for the lymphatic system too.
This is incredibly important, because not all exercises can jolt your lymphatic system as effectively as rebounding.
Lymph nodes are where lymph fluid is stored. They’re located in the armpits, groin, neck, and around the blood vessels of your chest and abdomen. Lymph fluid is pretty gross stuff. Basically, it takes the dead cells, metabolic waste, and toxins away from the healthy tissue so it can be eliminated through sweat, mucus, urine, and poop. A properly working lymphatic system is absolutely vital for our immune response, as the lymph nodes also produce substances that help defend against viruses, bacteria, and abnormal cells such as cancer cells.
It seems that there is so much focus on keeping the heart healthy, and not enough focus on the lymphatic system. Yet there is twice as many lymph cells in our bodies than blood cells, and they’re carrying toxic waste. Shouldn’t we be equally focused on building the good as we are eliminating the bad?
When we do rigorous exercises such as running it gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing. However, unlike blood flow, lymph flow does not have a “pump” and is not jolted by a quickly beating heart. Upon reading more about rebounding, I’ve learned that gravitational pressure is extremely helpful for getting the lymphatics flowing. Therefore it’s up-and-down movement of rebounding that helps the lymph valves to open, which increases the lymph flow out of the nodes – and ultimately out of the body.
Many holistic practitioners recommend using a rebounder daily to boost the lymphatic system, remove toxins from the body, and strengthen the immune response. A 2008 article in Natural News states that, “Rebounding on a mini trampoline is perhaps the most efficient and forceful means of flushing the lymph while stimulating the immune system and defending against cancer and other ailments. During rebound exercise the forces of the upward and downward bounces – acceleration and deceleration – are vertically aligned on the same plane with gravity. It was proven by Albert Einstein in 1911 that the aligned forces of acceleration, deceleration and gravity result in an increased gravitational load. What this means for the body is that during rebound exercise cells adjust to the increased load by becoming stronger. Rebounding strengthens virtually every cell of the body at the same time and is equivalent to resistance training for the cells.
It takes only two minutes of rebounding to flush the entire lymphatic system, while cleansing and strengthening cells and lymph nodes. A further benefit to the body is that during this brief time span the white blood cells of the immune system triple in number and remain elevated for an hour. These specialized cells play a major role in the body’s defense against illness and disease. For one full hour their activity is increased as they perform their tasks of destroying and eliminating cancer cells and other toxins, expending themselves in the process. An hour after rebounding for two minutes the white blood cell count returns to normal.”
Try it for yourself, and tell me if it isn’t the most fun you’ve had exercising in quite some time. The class I’ve been taking is super high energy, and frankly it’s hard to not smile while you’re doing a rebounding workout. I’m planning to purchase a rebounder for my home for days when I can’t get to class. It makes you feel like a kid again.
So what do you think? Are you ready to give a rebounding workout a try?
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