It was after my first major breakup that I discovered the power of rebounding. Ha! It’s not what you think. I’m not here to give relationship advice (not today at least); rather, I’m here to teach you about the power of jumping on a mini-trampoline (aka rebounding)! This great form of aerobic exercise can even be done in the convenience and privacy of your own bedroom 🙂
I’m all about you finding an exercise regimen that you consider fun. Whether it be yoga, barre, dance, zumba, pilates, etc., I am a firm believer that you can find a way to move your body in such a way that you forget that you’re “working out”. One of these fun methods that I’ve used for the last few years has been rebounding.
At some point in your life, chances are that you’ve jumped on a trampoline. You probably had fun, but did you realize the health benefits that you were tapping into as you bounced up and down?! Among other things, you were…
- Stimulating and improving your lymphatic and immune systems
- Increasing muscle tone throughout your entire body
- Improving your posture, balance, and coordination
- Increasing your bone mass
- Protecting your joints
- Helping improve your digestion and elimination processes
- Increasing circulation and oxygenation to your tissues and organs
- Boosting your energy levels
- Enhancing your mental focus
- Having fun!
So here’s my typical rebound routine: I start by stretching for a few minutes, give myself a sixty second warmup, jump for ten to fifteen minutes, cool down for sixty seconds, and finish with some more stretching. My warmup and cool down typically consists of walking in place and just barely bouncing. The more aggressive (10-15 minute) “work out” time is spent jumping straight up and down, running in place, bringing my knees toward my chest, doing jumping jacks, spinning around in circles, kicking my legs out in front of me, etc. I love to turn on some fun music and just dance. (Song suggestions: Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out”, Sia’s “Chandelier”, Katy Perry’s “Firework”, Amy Sternberg’s “Exactly”, and Kamari & Manvir’s “Bountiful Blissful and Beautiful”)
If you’re ready to add some “bounce” into your life, rebounding is a great way to do just that. A mini-trampoline can be purchased locally or online for a $30-50 investment. It’s been a perfect fit for me because it doesn’t take up much space in my apartment; I can either fold it back up or just slide the whole thing right underneath my bed. I love suggesting rebounding to my clients because it eliminates the harsh impact that running causes on your knees and ankles. (Oh, and by the way, NASA research proves that rebounding can be twice as effective as running on a treadmill.) If you have any other questions or thoughts about rebounding, feel free to leave a comment below.
Yours in Health,
Article: Zachary H. Avery