The Health And Fitness Benefits Of Rebounding On A Mini Trampoline - It Really Is A Fun Way To Workout....
What is rebounding?...
Rebounding is a form of exercise performed on a mini trampoline or rebounder, as they are also called. Basically it's just bouncing, like you may have done as a child and performing exercises at the same time. As your confidence grows and your balance improves you can start to introduce more varied and difficult moves as you bounce and you can even bounce holding some light handweights to give your upper body more of a workout.
It is a fun, easy and low impact way of exercising that is unbelievably good for you and is bound to bring the child out in you - who doesn't remember the fun of secretly bouncing on their beds as children trying to reach for the moon - I'll hold my hands up to that!! It is also suitable for most people, old and young although it can take a bit of getting used to as in terms of balance, but as with anything we try that is new to us, it just takes a bit of patience and practise and before you know it you'll be addicted to this type of exercise. Even people with poor mobility can benefit from just a few minutes a day rebounding.
If you loath exercising this just maybe the workout that you've been looking for as it's too much fun to be classed as hard work. You can pop your music on and bounce your way to better health and fitness.
Easy to follow moves for beginners...
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Health benefits of rebounding....
For such a simple way of exercising the health benefits are amazing.
- Depending on how much time and energy you apply to your rebounding workout will determine if your workout is aerobic or not. Aerobic exercise strengthens the cardiovascular system and helps to burn fat at a higher rate.
- It is a low impact form of exercise which means it won't overly stress your joints.
- It can help strengthen your immune system, the bouncing motion really stimulates the lymphatic system into working as it relies on our body movement to work and to pump out toxins, which helps to keep our immune systems strong and healthy.
- Rebounding will help to develop a good sense of balance, which could help to prevent those nasty bone breaking falls as we get older.
- It is also a great way of helping children with bad coordination and balance to become better coordinated. Children will happily bounce without realising what good they are doing themselves.
- When rebounding you engage your core muscles and in doing so you build up core strength, who doesn't want flatter abs?
- Bouncing up and down on a trampoline requires focus and this coupled with the bouncing motion can be quite hypnotic and therapeutic, after a good rebound session you'll feel mentally fresh and ready to face the world. You could even drag your rebounder out into the garden for an alfresco workout.
- Rebounding really is fun and finding a workout that is fun makes it easier to stay motivated to keep it up and we all know that we should be doing more exercise to keep ourselves happy and healthy.
Rebounders with stabilisation bars for the not so steady....
A brilliant way for young children to improve their balance and coordination....
Can anyone use a rebounder?...
When using a rebounder you decide the intensity of your workout, so it is an excellent form of exercising for most people. It is important to start off slowly to begin with so as to give your body a chance to get used to the bouncing motion and also to build up a good sense of balance. A few minutes a day, a couple of times a day would be enough for you to begin with and after a few weeks you'll find your able to bounce for an hour or more.
If you are older and feel unsure about attempting to use a rebounder, get yourself one with a stability bar and hold on to that, did you know that your feet don't even have to totally leave the rebounders surface for you to get the benefits from rebounding? You can gently bob until you get the hang off it and if you find you are happier gently bobbing than really bouncing, then stick with that, the important thing is that you are doing some sort exercise. If and when you feel more confident add some different moves, there are some good videos on YouTube that talk you through how to exercise on the rebounder. I've included a couple in this hub, but there are more advanced ones to browse through too.
Even if you are very unstable on your feet or are confined to a wheelchair you can still benefit to a degree from using a rebounder although you will probably need help. If you sit in a chair with your feet on the rebounder and are able to engage your lower core muscles and bounce your feet unaided it will help to build core strength and will help to stimulate your lymphatic system and get your blood flowing. You can even ask someone to sit on the rebounder and gently bounce themselves which will help to create a bigger bounce for your feet and legs.
Children and adults with learning and physical disabilities can benefit from what is called rebound therapy, where therapists use rebounders to help their patients build their on their concentration, focus, confidence, balance and their physical awareness, whilst having fun.
Giving it a go....
If you'd like to give rebounding a go you can check out your local gym to see if they have rebound classes or you can easily buy a rebounder online, they don't cost a fortune and you can even get folding ones if space is an issue. The benefits of having one at home is that you will be more inclined to use it, especially if you feel self concious bouncing away and that feeling does pass as your wobbly bits become more toned.
After a year or so of good usage you may find that the springs start to break, they are easily replaceable, we actually brought another rebounder whilst they were on sale just for the spare springs.
Articles on how rebound therapy can benefit children and adults with learning or physical disabilities....
- Bounce benefits | The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
An article on how children with learning and physical disabilities can benefit from rebound therapy.
- Autism Therapy and Rebounding
Support for the use of rebounding in helping children on the autistic spectrum.
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