Bounce your way to health
Updated: Mar 2
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 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. The rebounding movement is both aerobic, getting your heart rate up which improves cardiovascular health and strength-building, improving bone density. While on the rebounder, you're sort of unlimited in your the ways you can move but primarily you'll:
do jumping jacks
How Does Rebounding Feel?
Rebounders consist of a durable, elastic mat held in place by springs or bands. 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. Don't be fooled thinking it's too easy, you'll work up a sweat and it's helpful to have an indoor workout option during inclement weather.
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:
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. It's what helps to keep you free from getting sick and when they lymph system is sluggish, you're sluggish.
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
Dry or itchy skin
If you are looking to have fun or make a change to your exercise plan -- consider the low impact, high-intensity option of rebounding.