How I Discovered Rebounding
Back in 2000, I attended a Natural Health Expo at the Baltimore, MD Convention Center. Among the vendors present was a young man, Dave Hall, who was jumping on what looked like a little, round trampoline. My curiosity getting the better of me (as it usually does), I wandered over and began talking to him about what he called rebounding or rebound exercise. I was extremely impressed by how lean this guy was, as well as his incredible muscle definition. He assured me that the only exercise he did was jump on his mini-trampoline 10 minutes every day.
What really impressed me was actually seeing the blood in an arm vein moving up and down as he bounced. After attending a lecture on rebounding he gave later in the day, I was sold, and purchased a rebounder on the spot. Ten minutes a day? Surely I could bounce for 10 minutes a day. Unfortunately, I wasnt very consistent with my rebound exercise routine during the seven years I owned my first one. But when I moved to Hawaii, I had a lot more space and could keep it set up on the floor. This encouraged me to start jumping every day, and Ive been doing so on a regular basis ever since. While I havent slimmed down as much as I thought I would (and Ill explain why I think this is in a bit), I am convinced that rebounding has made all of my bodys systems a lot stronger than they would have been without it.
What is Rebound Exercise?
Rebound exercise consists of jumping up and down or bouncing on a small or mini trampoline in order to achieve optimal health. It may not appear so at first glance, but rebounding exercises the entire body since the entire body is moving with each bounce. Not only is the entire body engaged in rebound exercise, all of the cells of the body are exercised as well. This means that all of the bodys systems circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, and urinary are getting an excellent workout when you engage in rebound exercise.
Why is Rebounding So Effective?
In traditional exercise workouts, be it jogging, lifting weights, swimming, calesthenics, or cycling, only one force is at work to strengthen the body gravity. A good example is when a weight lifter hoists a weight above her head. It takes strength to resist the pull of gravity to lift the weight. Rebounding, on the other hand, adds two additional forces to strengthen the body acceleration and deceleration. Heres what happens when you bounce on a rebounder. At the bottom of the bounce, you actually weigh twice as much as you do when your body is at rest because gravity and deceleration are operating at the same time. Then, the springs of the rebounder contract to accelerate your body up into the air. At the top of the bounce, you are weightless.
Albert Carter states in Rebound Exercise: The Ultimate Exercise for the New Millenium that, according to Einstein, the body cant tell the difference between gravity, acceleration, and deceleration. When acceleration and deceleration are combined with gravity, a greater G force or gravitational pull is exerted on the body, which means your body has to worker harder to oppose it. As a result, a 10-minute workout on the rebounder equals 20 minutes of traditional exercise. Carter goes on to say that even if you bounce without your feet leaving the surface of the rebounder, the G force would increase an extra 25%. Not only are your muscles getting stronger, every cell in your body is adjusting to this greater G force and becoming stronger as well.
However, in order to get the benefits of acceleration, deceleration and gravity, you need a rebounder that has triple-tiered springs attaching the surface to the frame. Regular tube springs can lead to injuries which is why Dave Halls Cellerciser® mini trampoline, the one I own, is one of the best rebounders on the market. Ive owned two over the past 12 years, the first one for seven years before I retired it and purchased a new one. I get no compensation whatsoever from Mr. Hall for talking about the Cellerciser®. I simply love this rebounder.
What are Some Benefits of Rebound Exercise?
In addition to strengthening every cell in the body, rebounding also helps to flush the body of toxins that have accumulated in the blood, but also in the lymphatic system which has no way of removing toxins other than through exercise. Lymph fluid is the medium which surrounds the cells, delivering nutrients to and removing toxins from the cells. If this fluid isnt circulating the way it should, it stagnates. The lymphatic system constitutes the bodys immune system, and when it isnt functioning properly, illness results. Rebound exercise is one of the most effective means of keeping this lymphatic fluid circulating efficiently.
Fitness experts understand the importance of increasing oxygen intake through cardiovascular or aerobic exercise in order to maintain a healthy heart and circulatory system. Rebound exercise offers a safe and effective aerobic workout, without the risk of knee and ankle injuries associated with jogging on a hard surface.
Rebound exercise also
- Increases flexibility and endurance
- Lowers bad cholesterol
- Increases metabolism and burns calories
- Reduces nervous tension and stress
- Improves balance and coordination
- Improves vision and helps reduce the occurrence of cataracts
- Alleviates joint pain by increasing fluid to the joints
- Reduces the risk of osteoporosis by strengthening bones
- Improves bladder control
- Eliminates cellulite.
Remember, rebounding strengthens the body at the cellular level, so its no surprise that it has this wide range of benefits.
I mentioned earlier that I haven’t lost the amount of weight that I thought I would doing a 10-minute rebound workout every day. The reason I think this hasn’t happened is because men have more muscle mass than women, which allows them to take off weight easier and faster. I think if I added another 10 minute session on the rebounder, doing two workouts a day instead of one, I’d have better results. For now though, one workout a day is keeping me pretty fit.
What Kinds of Exercise Can Be Done on a Mini-Trampoline?
Rebound exercise can be engaged in by people of all ages. Even if you are older or infirm in some way, you can sit on the surface of the rebounder and have someone bounce behind you. And if you are afraid to jump too high, your feet dont even have to leave the surface. Called the health bounce, this exercise involves moving up and down on the surface of the trampoline while your feet remain on the surface.
Or you can engage in more vigorous rebound exercises, including:
- Marching in place
- Jumping jacks
- Jumping up and down and side to side,
- Jumping double-dutch style
- Kick bouncing.
Create a rebound routine that suits your lifestyle and fitness level, but be sure to consult with your health care provider before starting any exercise program.
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