Using a mini trampoline (rebounding) offers a variety of health benefits for the body. Rebounding is an easy activity that almost anyone can do, and may provide a way to improve health and fitness levels.
NASA has known for some time now about the benefits and science behind rebounding. Here’s what they had to say:
“Rebound Exercise is the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man.” A. Carter summarized a NASA study in 1979, a study which NASA published in 1980 in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
NASA says, “…for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the bio mechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running, a finding that might help identify acceleration parameters needed for the design of remedial procedures to avert de-conditioning in persons exposed to weightlessness. “
As a consequence, literally each cell of your body experiences a G-Force which is two or three times stronger than normal. It is as if your weight would double or triple for a fraction of a second when you hit the deepest point of the Rebounder mat. This exposure to a higher G-Force is what strengthens the body; and as it is only for a fraction of a second, this does not fatigue the body. .During the movement up to the highest point of your bounce, you come to nearly weightlessness and your body can relax completely
Besides the science behind the rebounder, the mini trampoline provides many health benefits for both young and old:
1. Cardiovascular Benefit
Rebounding requires the use of several muscle groups, similar to jogging, but has the added benefit of causing much lower levels of shock trauma to the skeletal system than running on hard surfaces. Extended use of a mini trampoline increases lung capacities and red blood cell counts and lowers blood pressure.
2. Beneficial to the Lymphatic System
Using a mini trampoline has proven benefits for the body’s lymphatic system, often neglected by other forms of exercise. The lymphatic system fights bacterial and viral infections and transports waste products out of the body. Lymph fluid relies heavily upon muscle contractions to help it transport itself around the body, and rebounding exercises are one of the best means of this. The accelerating and decelerating movements of rebounding exercise a huge range of the body’s muscles, and exercises the thousands of one-way lymph valves and ducts. Rebounding only a few minutes daily can increase lymphatic functions.
3. Weight Loss
Rebounding is a proven way to burn calories and fat, and tone muscle across the body. As a total body exercise, every part of the body receives a workout during rebounding, promoting the burning of calories and fat deposits. Rebounding also helps increase metabolism, resulting in calorie use for extended periods after rebounding has finished. The added benefit is you don’t have to take time out of your day to go to the gym, or set aside extensive time for exercise. You can do rebounding at home, where even a few minutes is beneficial, and can be done in front of the television, or while looking after the children.
4. Back Problems
Rebounding strengthens the back without the undue strain that you would experience running on a hard surface.
This exercise improves balance and coordination because the surface of the rebounder flexes in all directions and therefore gives optimal stimulation to your body’s balancing mechanisms.
6. Injury Reduction
Studies have shown that 27% to 70% of joggers get hurt in their first year of running. The impact forces that cause these injuries can be reduced by 80%.
7. Natural Face Lift
Each cell of your body is like a balloon. This exercise puts them repeatedly under stress as they need to resist the increased G force (when the balloon reaches the maximum elongation). With time, the cell’s membrane gets thicker, thus firmer, and gains elasticity. Your skin is a community of cells. Therefore, regular use of a mini trampoline will firm your skin and increase its elasticity.
8. Build Bone Mass
The NASA study also showed that this was the best exercise to rebuild the lost bone tissue of astronauts whose continued weightless state caused them to lose up to 15% bone mass in only 2 weeks in space. This same exercise can be used by anyone (especially women) to prevent osteoporosis and actually reverse the damage.
9. Stress Reliever
The positive effects on stress levels have been studied in depth. Dr. Morton Walker, in his book “Jumping for Health”, pages 82-91, describes 30 Specific Anti-stress Benefits of Rebounding (Avery Publishing Group Inc., Garden City Park, New York)
Rebounding can strengthen the pelvic floor. If the incontinence is only light, rebounding can be used to strengthen the concerned area. However it is important to “activate the Pelvic Floor” while Rebounding.
11. It is fun!
Rebounding can be great fun as well as a great exercise. You can do it alone or with your family. Many seniors find themselves giggling at times as they jump-remembering a more carefree time from their youth when they would use a trampoline in gym class or played on one in a neighbor’s yard.
With all of these great health benefits available, what’s stopping you? Call your YPB Fitness Professional today and set up your appointment to “Jump for Joy”!
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