Rebounder exercise, is aerobic exercise by bouncing or jumping on a rebounder, or mini-trampoline, designed for exercise. It is anti-aging, can help you tone up, lose weight, get healthy and all this while having fun.
I was first told about rebounder exercise after I had my second baby. I felt out of shape and flabby and didn't feel like exercising - at all. A friend told me to “jump on a trampoline” to tighten up - not only the outside muscle tissue,but to help strengthen the organs that are also made of muscle, and need to be held in place by muscles.
It is around 16 years later and I can say that rebounder exercise did work for me, but not without some issues. At first it was extremely uncomfortable; not the usual muscle discomfort that comes with using weaker muscles, but from my insides. I don't know any other way to say it than that it felt like my 'insides' were going to fall out.
To help this type of discomfort, I learned to do what is called a health bounce, meaning a light bouncing on my heels while not allowing my toes to leave the trampoline. This helped immensely as I started with only five minutes a day. Five minutes eventually became ten minutes and I was able to jump 'like a normal person' after about two weeks. Then my ankles started hurting.
After researching, I learned there is a difference in the types of trampolines. The one I had been given dated back to the seventies and was intended for recreational use, not daily exercise. What I needed was a mini trampoline used for exercise, which is called a rebounder. Fortunately one was given to me as a gift and I appreciate and use it to this day. It is much smoother, less jarring and my ankles recovered pretty quickly (although I did stop as soon as my ankles hurt from the original trampoline). I continue to jump as part of my health routine and would like to share the benefits about this fun exercise with you.
The lymphatic system has no pump so relies on muscle contractions to move lymph fluid. This is your “white circulatory” system that not only carries your immune cells through your body, but also carries waste out of your body. This includes fat and the toxins store in it.
Due to the effects of this type of movement, rebounder exercise can help your body generate more white blood cells, increase circulation, bring more oxygen into all parts of your body, and strengthen bones and cell structures. Here's a list of benefits (These are only some listed in the Townsend Letter for Doctors):
As the lymphatic system moves more efficiently, so does the removal of waste. Your blood circulatory system has the heart to pump and move your blood; your lymphatic system relies on muscular action to carry the immune cells through and the waste and toxins out.
Rebounder exercise is the perfect exercise for detoxification as it is said the entire lymph can clear or be stimulated in 2 minutes. Here are some tips if you decide to try;
I love rebounding and now incorporate it after my harder resistance workout. I know this helps move the lactic acid out of my muscles as well as move my lymphatic system. I feel my heart getting stronger when I jump. I encourage my children to jump as much as they want to keep them healthy. It’s never to early or too late to start jumping.