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Benefits of Rebounding

What is Rebounding?

No, this isn’t an article about getting back on the dating bandwagon after a break up hehe 😉 Rather, rebounding is a form of low impact exercise of jumping up and down on a mini-trampoline. Not only does it make you feel like a kid again, it has some real health benefits too. Bonus!

Rebounding isn’t a new age trend! It gained popularity in the 1980’s when NASA did studies on this form of exercise to help their astronauts recover from bone and muscle loss from being in space. It concluded that rebounding creates no undue pressure on the body while providing a good cardiovascular work out. By jumping up and down on the trampoline, as is the case with rebounding, the body can use oxygen more efficiently, repair itself at the cellular level, while being easy on the heart and joints. Even the great motivational speaker Tony Robbins can be seen rebounding when he’s live on stage, wonder why? 

What are the Benefits?

  1. Promotes lymphatic flow which helps eliminate toxins and lymph drainage*
  2. Improves endurance by stimulating mitochondrial production for cellular energy
  3. Boosts immune system & strengthens cells
  4. Reduces cellulite
  5. Improves muscle tone and weight loss in a low impact easy to do exercise
  6. Gentle on the thyroid and the adrenals
  7. Excellent for skeletal system & increasing bone mass
  8. Promotes balance and agility by stimulating the middle ear
  9. Increases energy by helping circulate oxygen around the body
  10. Improves digestion and elimination
  11. It’s fun for all ages!

 

* Not sure what the lymphatic flow and drainage is? I’ve got you covered with this blog post here.

How to Start Rebounding

It’s easy – just start bouncing! As with most of my suggestions, I recommend starting low and slow meaning start by trying 1 to 2-minute intervals a few times spread throughout the day. The recommended time is approx. 15 minutes per day, but I find it easier to break it up in 3 to 5-minute sessions.

Be careful! Please don’t get carried away and bounce as high as possible when starting out. You may find it useful to bounce with your feet flat without coming off the trampoline, and gradually work your way up. If you are really unbalanced, there are rebounders with an added handlebar for extra stability. 

Try bouncing first thing in the morning before the dry body brushing and the shower as its own mini-energy boost. Didn’t have a chance to read my article on dry skin brushing? Check it out here.

Be sure to drink lots of water & liquids to stay hydrated. This will also help you flush any eliminated toxins out of your system.

Since it can be stimulating, please don’t bounce before bed.

You can jump up and down, and once you get used to it, even add in some other moves. There are lots of resources on YouTube with easy quick rebounder work outs.  For example, here is a beginner rebounder video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXCinv9P_Mc

Where to Find Rebounders?

Rebounders or mini-trampolines can be found online – see links below from Amazon.ca
Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart usually also have them in stock ranging from $50 to $80 based on the model.

If you’re new to rebounding, it might be best to buy a cheaper model to start – and then look to invest in an expensive higher quality model, if it’s something you enjoy.

Not interested in having a mini-trampoline around your house? You can also experience similar benefits from sitting on a stability yoga ball and bouncing. Although most rebounders are easy to fold or tuck away for convenience. 

I personally love bouncing whether on a stability yoga ball or mini-trampoline. It’s a great fun feeling that has wonderful benefits! 

Rebounder

Rebounder

Rebounder

Rebounder

Stability Yoga Ball

Stability Yoga Ball

 

Sources:

Jordan S. Gruber “On the Rebound” http://reboundworld.com/allontherebound1.1.pdf
ReboundAir “NASA rebounding report”
https://rebound-air.com/nasa_rebounder_mini_trampoline_report/
Wellness Mama “Health Benefits of Rebounding” https://wellnessmama.com/13915/rebounding-benefits

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