Bouncing To Health with Rebounding
Filed under Exercise and Fitness by Frederic Patenaude
Rebounding is not only a great cardiovascular workout, it’s low impact and fun as well. Rebounding can burn the same number of calories as jogging- and rebounding does it without the huge risk of injury! The small trampoline used in rebounding provides resistance and a soft landing.
Rebounding offers relief from osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. This form of exercise is generally less stressful on the body than most other systems. Similarly people who experience back pain can benefit from rebounding, without the negative effects of exercising on a hard surface.
NASA research has shown rebounding to be the best form of exercise to rebuild lost bone mass, common for astronauts due to the weightlessness in space. In one study, NASA called rebounding the “miracle exercise.” Thus, the possibility of preventing osteoporosis, and reversing bone damage is great.
Noteworthy benefits of rebounding
- The nature of rebounding with its flexible surface increases balance.
- Exercise of any kind is key to fighting the negative effects of diabetes. Rebounding is an effective and gentle approach to exercise, that can be part of a healthy program to control weight.
- With rebounding you can experience higher levels of energy.
- Dr. Morton Walker authored a book titled “Jumping for Health” in this book he outlines thirty different anti-stress benefits of rebounding.
- Increase endurance by regular rebounding exercise.
- Improves muscle tone, especially in the legs, hips and core.
With all the benefits available from such a low impact aerobic work out, it’s easy to see why there is a growing trend in rebounding. Any exercise that can be done by people who suffer from joint pain or asthma, as well as provide an intense cardio workout is really well worth giving a try.
I recommend purchasing your rebounder with a stability bar, and using it until you are confident. For some, this takes a day, and others two weeks or more, so go at a pace you are comfortable with. Wearing shoes is a good idea to reduce chances of injuring yourself. Also, look for a trampoline with six legs as this will make for a more stable surface.
Rebounding is so easy to get started. Begin with some light bouncing, when you are ready you can move up to jumping, walking or jogging on the rebounder. You may increase the benefits by adding different arm movements. There are so many possibilities, almost any aerobic exercise can be done on the rebounder. I like to do yoga, pilates, kick boxing and ab workouts on the rebounder. The mini trampoline really lends itself to your creativity.
Albert Carter is founder of AIR Inc. and the pioneer of rebound exercise. As a lecturer and educator, Carter has shared his findings on health and rebound exercise all over the world. He is also the designer of what is arguably the best-built, most innovative rebounders available. Although, I have also seen great reviews of the Needak rebounder. This is the one that I use. What ever rebounder you choose your sure to enjoy the fun and the health benefits.