• Sue Williams

Bounce into Rebounding

Is rebounding just one more exercise craze? Or are there real health benefits found in rebounding? Rebounding is an exercise that gets you jumping up and down to improve your body strength and heart health. Remember the bouncy houses at birthday parties and you’ll get an idea of the fun found in rebounding, so let’s see how do the benefits stack-up to other forms of exercise?

What is Rebounding?

Rebounding is a low-impact exercise that allows you to do different movements using a rebounder, which is a mini trampoline. While on the rebounder, you can:

  • jump

  • do jumping jacks

  • dance

  • jog

  • march

The rebounding movement is both aerobic and strength-building. There is some science behind the design of this exercise program. A 1980 study conducted by NASA found that rebounding exercise is easier on the joints and, yet, more challenging than jogging.

How Does Rebounding Feel?

Rebounders consist of a durable, elastic mat held in place by springs or bands. The elevation gives them their rebounding capacity. Once on the trampoline, your legs and core are challenged to maintain composure and balance as you move. The movement of rebounding takes advantage of the largest muscle groups in the body. Working your lower back, abs, buttocks and thighs burns energy and challenges the heart to increase circulation, getting blood to those areas. It’s safe to say you “feel the burn” when doing a rebounding workout.

How Does Rebounding Compare to Other Exercises?

Rebounding is low-impact, which makes it a good option for people who already suffer from joint problems like osteoarthritis. Runners, in particular, might find rebounding easier on the knees and ankles. Rebounding requires a lot of muscle effort as well; so, it can lead to more calories burned than you might get on a treadmill or climber.

What are the Benefits of Rebounding?

Rebounding is a workout, so it offers many of the same benefits as other high-intensity exercises, such as:

  • Weight loss

  • Muscle growth

  • Improves bone mass

  • Increased core strength

  • Improved lymphatic movement

  • Improved balance and flexibility

Rebounding and the Lymphatic System

Rebounding works the entire body, increasing not only blood flow, but lymph fluid too. The lymphatic system lets us know how well our immune system is working. Truly the unsung hero of the immune system, the lymphatic system removes waste, bacteria, and bugs. It moves nutrients into the body to build blood, nourish cells and muscles.

Some of the symptoms of a sluggish lymph system:

  • Rings tight on fingers

  • Soreness/Stiffness in the morning

  • Holding on to water

  • Sluggish or tired feeling

  • Bloating

  • Dry or itchy skin

  • Brain fog

  • Mild headaches

  • Frequent colds/sickness

If you are looking to have fun or make a change to your exercise plan -- consider the low impact, high-intensity option of rebounding.



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