What is rebounding?
Rebounding is an aerobic exercise that involves jumping on a mini-trampoline (but of course there is no reason you can’t get the same effect from a regular trampoline). Its as simple as that, jumps can be fast or slow or mixed up however you want, just make it fun and enjoyable.
7 Benefits of rebounding
- Works your full body, abdominal, leg, butt, back; and depending on how you jump your going to be able to put extra focus on different areas, you can even work in arm movements to include your upper body.
- Helps improve endurance, like a lot or cardio exercises building how long you do the exercise for over time will increase your endurance.
- Can stimulate the lymphatic system, the bouncing movement from rebounding is often linked to stimulating the lymphatic system encouraging it to do its job of clearing out toxins from your body more efficiently.
- Improves motor skills, coordination and balance by strengthening your muscles.
- Improves bone density by putting small amounts of pressure on your bones and joints helping them grow stronger. This can be particularly beneficial to those with osteoporosis and seniors.
- Strengthens pelvic floor; which yes as a mum of 2 is way up there on my top benefits. However word of warning to mums with wanting to strengthen their pelvic floor you will likely wee a little the first few times, just wear a pad and keep doing your pelvic floor exercises, it will improve.
- Improves blood flow by working your circulatory system; which in its self has many benefits for heart health as well as benefiting skin and organ function
- Aids weight loss. Like most exercise, especially cardio, rebounding is great for helping you towards your weight loss goals.
Best Time to Rebound?
There isn’t really any best time of day to do rebounding, but my favourite is first thing in the morning to wake me up and get my blood pumping round my body. It really helps to shake of that sluggish feeling get my brain working a ready to take on the day. However you may prefer to do your rebounding just before bed to help tire you out, this is especially good if you have trouble switching off at night and it will also encourage you to enter a mindful state and clear your head of whatever has been happening that day, ready for a peaceful nights sleep.
How Long To Rebound For?
Honestly, for as long as you can. It all depends on how fit you are already, how much stamina you have, the intensity of you rebounding session, other workouts your doing…. there are so many variables. Personally I aim for 10 minuets around 3 times a week, but I do a lot of other types of exercise around this. The most important thing, like with any exercise is consistancy, if you only start with a few minuets once or twice a week, great, its a start you can work towards building it up as your fitness and confidence improves.
So does it really work?
A lot of the benefits of rebounding you will gain from most forms of exercise, so why not just go running? Rebounding basically is more gentle on your joints, personally I find it more fun, and you can do it rain or shine with minimal equipment.
But seeing a lot of the benefits of rebounding really depends on your consistency and other lifestyle choices. Like any exercise its a tool to add into your self care routine, paired with healthy eating and stress management, you will be more likely to see your desired results.
Medical benefits of rebounding will always depend on your individual circumstances, talking to your physician about their opinion will always be the best course of action to take before starting out on any new form of exercise.
Trampolines to get you started