Trampolines have become increasingly popular and are frequently purchased by parents wanting to keep their children fit and occupied through the summer months.
However many people are unaware of all the health benefits of trampoline exercise, also known as rebounding. In fact it is probably the most effective form of exercise known to man. Rebounding is an aerobic exercise that strengthens every part of the body and is safe and gentle enough for everyone to benefit from, both old and young.
For weight loss, rebounding exercise is very effective due to the effect it has on the whole body. Rebounding reduces body fat, increases the muscle to fat ratio and increases the efficiency with which the body burns carbohydrate. The upward force of the bounce improves body tone and exercises a whole range of muscles in the body, not just the legs and heart.
According to a study from NASA a 150-pound individual spending one-hour on a rebounder will burn more calories than the same person jogging for an hour. Another study by NASA in combination with the University of Kentucky concluded that "the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running."
Aerobic exercise is good for improving blood circulation by pumping more blood through the body and to the heart where it is enriched with oxygen. Rebounding is particularly effective as jumping results in contractions in the muscles such as the calf muscles. These contractions act like pumps circulating more blood back into the heart to be replenished with oxygen. This helps improve circulation and reduce clogging of the arteries.
Firstly like many forms of aerobic exercise the muscle that benefits the most is the heart. The heart muscles are strengthened and cause various cardiovascular changes so that with continual exercise, the heart can pump more blood with fewer beats. This results in a lower heart rate when resting and means the heart has less work to do when carrying out normal activities. By reducing the day-to-day workload of your heart you can reduce the chances of developing heart disease.
Rebounding can decrease stress hormones like cortisol, and increase endorphins which are your body's feel-good chemicals. Also just the physical activity of bouncing can take your mind off your problems. Not only that but the physical improvements that come about through exercise like weight loss and increased health can increase your feel good factor which itself can reduce stress and depression over the long term.
Rebounding facilitates the body's natural detoxification system by stimulating the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is like the garbage can of the body removing harmful toxins, dead cells, cancer cells and foreign substances
The system collaborates with white blood cells in lymph nodes to protect the body from being infected by cancer cells, fungi, viruses or bacteria.
It consists of tubular vessels that include the lymph capillaries, the lymph vessels, and the right and left thoracic ducts. It transports nutrients and drains toxic products from tissues.
Rebounding causes these values to open and close simultaneously increasing lymph flow by as much as 15 times, boosting immunity, toxin removal and giving every cell in the body a thorough detox. This helps to maintain health and slow down aging.
There is no age limit with this exercise. Rebounding is suitable for everyone and is one of the reasons why they are such a good investment. The whole family is able to benefit from toddlers to grandparents.
Rebounding is ideal for those of an older age as it provides a safe, gentle, no-impact exercise. Unlike other exercises it does not damage the knees or back.
Rebounding is an exercise that can be adjusted to your fitness level and can be done in the comfort of your home.
By strengthening the joints and ligaments this exercise can reduce pain in some arthritic joints
Rebounding can strengthen bone density as well as muscles. Increased bone density help to prevent broken or fractured bones and osteoporosis.
While these larger trampolines are still suitable for rebounding exercises mini-trampolines offer the greatest flexibility as they can be used indoors as well as outside. This means you can exercise all year round in the comfort of your home. Some mini-trampolines are even foldable enabling you to fold up the trampoline for easy transport should you take it with you on holiday.
Mini trampolines are ideal for rebounding as they are often less expensive then the typical outdoor garden trampolines and safer. They are only 6 to 9 inches off the ground and are not meant for dangerous summersaults or high bounces. They are also more suited to old people as they can come with a balance bar giving extra stability.
A quality mini-trampoline should last for years and will probably be one of the best investments you can make to maintain your health for years to come.
Paul Seales on April 27, 2015:
I've had my rebounder for many years and I use it every day. I have a sense of accomplishing positive benefits for my health. I can't point to anything specifically, but the knowledge that the heart is pumping and the blood is circulating convinces me that it's helping me.
patricia mtembu on March 26, 2014:
i have just purchasf a trampoline and look forward for a nice body