The benefits of rebounding are, frankly, astounding. It burns more calories per minute than running. It’s easy to do. And it’s fun. Like little kid, face splitting smile kind of fun. You might, at this point, be asking: What the f–k is rebounding? Basically, it’s jumping on a mini trampoline. I know, who knew, right?
Personally, I use the JumpSport rebounder.
Instead of springs like a mini trampoline, a rebounder uses bungee cords. They are gentler on your joints, make your muscles work harder and don’t squeak. A serious plus in my book. You want to look for a rebounder with cords that are adjustable so as the cords start to give with time, you can just switch them to the tighter setting.
Rebounding helps with your balance and spacial awareness, works your body in all dimensions, not just forward and backward like most aerobic exercises, boosts circulation and makes your skin glow. Some of the other benefits of rebounding include:
Burns More Fat than Running
There have been any number of studies done on the benefits of rebounding for cardiovascular health and fat burning. There was even one done by NASA that showed that rebounding is 68% more effective at both than running. Basically, 10 minutes on the rebounder is the equivalent of about a 30 minute run. Now, that’s my kind of math.
Less Stress on Joints
One of the biggest benefits of rebounding is that it places very little stress on your joints while still packing a huge fitness punch. It increases bone mass (important for all women over 50) without causing wear and tear on your knees, hips and ankles. And since rebounding is less jarring than aerobics or running, you don’t feel as if you are working out as hard as you really are. Which makes it more enjoyable. Which makes you more likely to actually do it.
Promotes Lymphatic Drainage
Rebounding is one of the most effective ways to stimulate your lymphatic system. Our lymph system is basically our body’s garbage disposal. But here’s the catch: it only works with conscious movement. Rebounding massages the lymph nodes, forcing them to do their job. This not only increases immunity, but many also find that it helps reduce cellulite.
Fun is One of Big Benefits of Rebounding
The best thing about rebounding is that it’s fun. And really, does anyone have enough fun in their life these days? I rebound for 10-15 minutes every morning. It gets my heart pumping, and my skin glowing so that I start my day off with a smile. Here is one of my favorite rebounding videos. It’s about 10 minutes and is a great intro to the fabulousness that is rebounding. Don’t be put off by the fact that this looks easy. It’s not. It will kick your butt. Literally.
Also, in terms of “bang for your buck”, rebounders can’t be beat. After an initial investment of about $200 (way less than a gym membership), they cost nothing until you have to replace the cords. I use mine every day and go through a set of cords every 2 years. To replace them is about $100. That comes out to roughly $.13 a day.
Ok, so let’s recap: better for you than running, good for your health, cheap and fun…. really, what are you waiting for? Get rebounding today.