Rebounding is one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise. It is simply jumping on a mini trampoline and enabling your body to move as a whole. A study by NASA, as reported in the Journal of Applied Physiology, found that exercise on a rebounder or mini trampoline is “the most efficient and effective exercise yet devised by man” and rebounding is 68% more efficient than jogging and “any activity on a rebound unit is more efficient than treadmill running at any speed”.
You know how astronauts experience weightlessness in space and children have so much fun jumping on a bed? Well combine the two and for each top of the bounce on a rebounder, your body will experience the same weightlessness and fun!
Rebounding provides amazing benefits to the body and essential ingredients to life: lymphatic drainage, cellular exercise, oxygen, energy, endorphins, strength and significant improvements in physical appearance.
Read on to find out how the Benefits of Rebounding can change your life and the optimum way to rebound.
Usually if you think about bodily functions, you may think of the heart pumping the body with blood. The lymphatic system is often overlooked in a healthy lifestyle. The lymphatic system (white blood system) is the immune system which eliminates toxins. It runs parallel to the veins throughout the body, however it does not have a pump like the heart so metabolic waste gets trapped in the body. The lymphatic system is so critical to good health and life because it carries the waste away to be disposed of. It is essential to get movement into the body to move the waste to the colon, urinary tract and other excretory functions to eliminate it. Through rebounding, the lymphatic drainage system is stimulated which helps to remove your body of toxins, cancer cells, wastes, trapped protein, bacteria, viruses and other waste the cells dispose of. Lymphatic drainage also helps to significantly reduce cellulite.
Rebounding has the ability to get the body moving in a safe and simple way, which high impact exercises such as jogging, running or aerobics cannot do. As the trampoline has springs, it provides 87% shock-less bouncing to the knees and ankles, providing a gentler-impact exercise. Every move is easier so there is minimal risk of injury. It is the only exercise that has the benefit of moving all of the body at once and can be considered a cellular exercise.
Cellular exercise is an amazing concept as it is far more superior than any other exercise because it uses gravity and acceleration and deceleration. At the top of the bounce you experience weightlessness for a fraction of a second as g-force (gravity) is eliminated, and at the bottom the g-force doubles over what is ordinary gravity and the internal organs are put under pressure. Gravity becomes a force for the good of your entire body and provides ideal conditions for cleansing and strengthening cells which help to prevent degenerative disease.
Aerobic activity increases oxygen in the body which helps to burn more calories, eliminate toxins, bacteria and fungus and stimulates cardiovascular health. Oxygen is essential to many chemical processes in the body and the absence of it encourages disease. Breathing takes oxygen into the cells and eliminates carbon dioxide from the body. Also with carbon dioxide, other toxins are eliminated and fat is removed. Oxygen absorption is maximised at 4 G (our body weight measures 1 G) and even an experiment with athletes in peak physical condition who were able to develop as high as 8 G’s still showed that 4 G’s was the optimum level, which is the level that rebounding provides.
Energy is the key to life and rebounding has the ability to create increased energy in the body. The cells in the body, and especially the vital organs such as the brain, heart, muscle, kidneys and liver are not able to function normally unless they are receiving a constant supply of energy. Rebounding floods the cells with oxygen which enables them to convert glucose into ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and also into glycogen which when released, provides the body with more energy.
The physical activity of rebounding increases endorphins which reduces depression, anxiety and stress. Think of the exhilarating effect of jumping and experiencing weightlessness for a split second and then experiencing extra g-force when coming down. By jumping higher, g-force is increased. Imagine the fun of jumping as a child and how enjoyable the feeling is, so you can bring this sense of fun and excitement into your rebounding routine. Rebounding helps to relieve tension and promote relaxation. It creates balance between mind and body and slows the brain waves to the alpha level which is the level to connect with our inner selves.
Cellular exercise provides strength to every cell. It builds cellular strength by challenging the structure of each cell. This strengthening effect helps to protect against degenerative disease. Strength is improved by strengthening muscles and bone mineral density, encouraging athletic ability, flexibility and balance, which protects against falls. The tone and quality of the heart muscle is improved by increasing the coordination of the fibres as they pump blood out of the heart during each beat.
Rebounding also helps to significantly improve the body’s physical appearance by increasing metabolic functioning. Rebounding builds muscles which burns more calories than fat and so the increase of muscle mass helps to promote weight loss. This results in a more toned and trim body. Rebounding enables improved posture and better muscle tone. By tucking in the stomach it is possible to realign the internal organs and lift them back into place. One of the most significant causes of aging is the declining performance of the heart and circulatory system. Rebounding is incredibly effective in increasing the performance of both the heart and the circulatory system and slows the ageing process.
Other benefits also include increased vascularity, enhanced timing, sharper vision, greater coordination, better balance and rhythm. It can also eliminate tension and headaches.
See this video on the Benefits of Rebounding – Interview with Dr. Hans Gruenn of the Longevity Medical Center in Los Angeles:
Where to rebound?
All you need is your rebounder and enough head height to bounce! A typical rebounder is 90-100 cms in diameter so this fits into a small space at home. You can even use it outdoors – so take it into the garden on a sunny day and enjoy rebounding in the fresh air and soak up the vitamin D from the sun! It is very inexpensive in comparison to other exercise equipment.
When to rebound?
Rebounding can be done at any time of the day. The morning is a good way to start your day by getting the juices flowing through your body and at night, gentle rebounding will help your body to relax before sleeping. It also can be done throughout the day, which is especially good for those working at home. At a minimum, spend 15 minutes each time for three to four times a week – obviously the more you do the better it is for you. As with any exercise, leave at least 60 minutes since your last meal before rebounding to enable your food to digest.
How to Rebound
Wear comfortable clothes and go barefoot, in socks or with your trainers. Have your legs on the rebounder, shoulder width apart. Start to rebound gently without leaving the mat in order to warm up – this is called the “Health Bounce”. This gentle up and down movement begins the flow of the lymphatic system and two minutes of this increases the lymph flow up to 14 times.
Bring strength into your rebounding by bouncing and ensuring you lift off the mat. By leaving the mat, your feet experience the benefit of massage when you touch the mat again and stimulates all the reflex points on the bottom of your feet. By landing on your toes and rolling the foot down towards the heel, adds stimulation to the internal organs. Ideally this will be a minimum of 20 minutes in order to increase your heart rate.
In order to add variety to your exercise you can combine a number of movements which allows you to have more fun. These include jogging on the spot, twisting at the hips, knee raises, leg kicks, leg curls, star jumps – raising your arms, you can also add various body combat exercises like punching in the air or upper cuts which provides additional upper body strengthening and is great for the abdominal muscles! As you become more advanced, you can add some resistance by using hand and ankle weights which will intensify your moves and increase strengthening and toning more quickly.
Rebounding to music, while watching tv or your favourite YouTube clips is so much better than just sitting still.
Ensure you breathe well and have water to hand so you keep your hydration levels up. Eat some protein after rebounding to build your muscle mass further.
Watch this Rebounding Exercise video for great advice on practical rebounding:
Rebounding for Life!
Rebounding is one of the best exercises in existence right now and is a great preventative medicine and for detoxing. It provides a unique process for the lymphatic system and for the body in general and is lots of fun! There are so many ways to use the rebounder from a simple “Health Bounce” (which is very relaxing) to more vigorous exercises to really get your cells moving. You will see an immediate difference in your health, wellbeing and happiness. The more often you can get on a rebounder – the better you will feel. So take some time to bounce each day, shake your cells up and bring them back to life!
In the interest of your health and safety, please check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Do ensure you exercise according to your own fitness level and capabilities. If you have any questions, please seek the guidance of a wellness / fitness / health professional.