Rebounding is a simple form of exercise using a small trampoline.
When you hear about a small trampoline, you might say, wait are you referring to the trampoline for kids? Well, this activity does involve the use of a trampoline, which both adults and kids can benefit from.
Many people, both men and women, practice rebounding exercises because of several good reasons.
- The workout done with rebounding does not only train the muscles but it actually works deep in each cell of the body.
- The exercise involves simple movements and bounces on the rebounder or the small trampoline.
- Rebounding can be done anywhere and anytime. Whether you are at home or out on a trip, you can bring the rebounder with you. The equipment is easy to handle and store.
- The workout can be done before or after the workout proper, as a way to warm up or cool down.
- You can vary the intensity of the workout depending on your needs.
- You only need a few minutes to do the exercise, usually less than 30 minutes a day, but it’s already a good workout.
- It’s a lot of fun! You get to enjoy like a child with rebounding.
Aside from all these positive attributes of rebounding there is more to it for your health!
Health Benefits of Rebounding
Children have so much fun when they are on the trampoline. As adults, you surely will enjoy the activity too! But not only that. You get to experience the following health benefits as well.
1. Better lymphatic system drainage
The lymphatic system of the body is responsible for screening bacteria and other antigens in the body. They drain the body’s fluid from the tissues and makes sure that antigens get attacked by the good cells (white blood cells). The flow of the lymphatic system relies mainly on body movement because it does not have an organ that pumps body fluids through the system, like the heart pumps blood. Now, with rebounding, the body moves entirely and thus promoting lymphatic system drainage.
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2. Improved immunity and hormone balance
Since the lymphatic system effectively cleanses the body with rebounding, you are more likely to have stronger immune system. Rebounding is actually a physical way for you to detox your body. In return, it also helps with better hormone balance! This could help you reduce the symptoms of menopause.
3. Easy cardio and balance workout
When you step on to the rebounder, you get to practice your core strength and improve your balance. It helps improve your stability and coordination so your balance is optimized. Also, it is a good way to exercise your heart. The activity is not too slow to maintain your heart’s pace, but also not too strenuous for your heart’s activity! It just gives enough work that your heart can handle and exercise.
4. Stronger support for the bones and joints
Aside from promoting your balance and coordination, this exercise also helps you strengthen your bones and joints. The activitiy is good for the joints and the bones because of the fact that it does not involve landing on hard surfaces that could be hurtful to the joints. The soft landing and bouncing on the small trampoline is just right for the joints to move about and for the bones to strengthen.
5. Fun way to lose weight
This kind of workout promotes metabolism and helps the body to lose weight effectively. This is said to be a gentle way to lose weight because it does not put the body in a fight or flight situation. The activity is mild enough to improve your metabolism, but it not too strong to shut down the digestive system from metabolizing.
How is Rebounding Done?
Imagine hopping in place a few times. Rebounding feels like that, but you are landing and bouncing on the small trampoline. You don’t need too much effort to do the exercise. All you need is to let gravity and your body’s weight work together and help you with your workout. To give you a picture on how to do it, check this video out. (5.53 minutes)
It’s super easy to do rebounding, right? This workout is very simple, yet very effective! You can increase the level of intensity of the workout a little by giving a little more force when you rebound. Or, try to rebound higher and do some more complex routines on the rebounder.
Equipment for Rebounding
Rebounders or simply small trampolines for workout come in varied designs. Some items are sold as plain trampolines, but others come with accessories like a handle bar, bands and weights. Some of the trampolines are made with springs or with stretchable fabric. Usually, the ones that are made with softer materials are foldable and can be stored easily. Some rebounders may come with storage bags as well. These exercise tools come in varied sizes which can accommodate anybody across all weight ranges. The video below can tell you which type of rebounder you can get for your need.
Precautions with Rebounding
Many people ask if it is safe for the pelvic floor to engage in rebounding. Well, according to an article on rebounding and incontinence, it depends on the situation. If the incontinence is mild to average, women can do rebounding and train the pelvic floor at the same time. As a matter of fact, it is a good exercise to train the pelvic floor muscles! However, for severe cases of incontinence, it is best to talk to your doctor before rebounding.