Rebounding: Jump for Health.

My latest obsession is rebounding, have you heard of it? Basically it’s bouncing on a mini trampoline but it is so powerful.

From as little as 15 minutes a day, you body will feel the benefits. It is a low impact exercise performed on a small, circular trampoline (usually 3 or 4 feet in total diameter) and it’s brilliant.

It may not sound like much but the benefits were outlined in a NASA study done in the 1980’s where they were trying to find effective ways to help astronauts recover and regain bone mass after spending time in space at zero gravity. They found that rebounding was more than twice as effective as treadmill running and pressure on joints was much lower.

The powerful benefits come from the up and down (acceleration and deceleration) jumping motion and makes use of the increased G-force from gravity. It works muscles through their full range of motion and also works on a deep cellular level, helping the bodies cells to function properly.

Like I say, it’s my latest obsession, I love it!!! Even after only a few weeks, I feel such a difference and it’s fun to do! I usually put on some tunes as I bounce or else I use the opportunity to listen to an inspiring podcast.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Low impact – The trampoline itself absorbs much of the impact so anyone can do it! It’s easy on the joints and you can just bounce (without lifting your feet off the surface) or do a range of movements – twists, running on the spot, jumping jacks, knee ups etc.
  • Boosts the lymphatic system and immune function – Cells are invigorated and ‘switched’ on to perform at their optimum. It increases the circulation of lymph fluid in the body, increases white blood cell activity and supports detoxification.
  • Increases bone mass and the skeletal system.
  • Improves muscle tone and increases oxygen in the body. It is a whole body exercise.
  • Helps improve digestion.
  • Helps improve balance and coordination.
  • It’s fun and so easy to do!! I do it first thing in the morning and then again in the afternoon. I do two x 15 minute slots most days (at least 5 times a week anyway), but even 15 minutes a day, 3 times a week will be beneficial. It complements any other exercise you are doing as well.

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