27th April 2020
Benefits of Rebound
We all know exercise is good for us. There’s no denying it. Crack out a couple of workouts a week and you’re less likely to suffer from heart problems, it’ll be easier to manage your weight and your mood is likely to be better too.
But just because we’ve heard it all before doesn’t mean we want to do it. Sometimes the lure of the sofa and a Netflix box set is just too strong. That’s where the magic of rebound kicks in. Unlike some other exercise, it’s fun. Pure and simple.
As Pat, a bouncing buddy in north Norfolk once remarked:
“There’s something about it that feels a bit naughty, like bouncing on the bed, which makes me want to do it all the more.”
Hop on a mini trampoline and you’ll start to move instinctively. All movement is good so as long as what you’re doing is safe you’ll get some benefit.
Of course, following a structured rebound workout will be more effective but once you’ve been doing it for a while you can tailor it a bit more to what you want. You might find you enjoy boxing or running more than aerobic class style moves. Enjoyment is key to sticking to exercise so if you know you like bounce and box, you’ll naturally gravitate more to those sessions.
But how does rebound work?
Well, it’s all about the bounce. When you rebound, your body weight can be more than three times heavier at the bottom of the bounce because of the increased G force while at the top of the bounce you’re practically weightless. It’s different to trampolining where you’re jumping up and going as high as possible. With rebound you’re not going to go higher than six inches off the surface of the mat. You’re pushing through your feet at a faster pace than trampolining and working against gravity. There’s potential to burn a lot of calories with rebound. But despite being weight bearing its low impact, so much more gentle on joints. It means you’re likely to be able to work harder for longer and increase your aerobic fitness, muscle strength and muscle endurance levels
One of the reasons it’s such an effective workout is the constant change in pressure. It works everything - all the cells in your body are effected - muscles, internal organs, even skin. NASA once described rebound as “the most effective workout yet designed by man”. The space agency even used it to help rehabilitate astronauts.
Rebound is also known to have a detoxifying effect. Similar to a sports massage it helps to flush your lymphatic system. Your lymph helps to get rid of any rubbish or toxins from your body. Unlike your cardiovascular system which has the heart as a pump, your lymphatic system needs help to shunt out any unwanted waste. When you’re rebounding the lymph valves are forced to open and close lots of times and so the lymphatic system gets a flush.
Bouncing is brilliant for boosting your balance.
Balance is an often overlooked aspect of fitness but it has a role to play alongside aerobic and strength training. The unstable surface of the rebounder means your body is constantly adapting to re-stabilise, challenging your balance and forcing you to draw on your deep core. Just standing on a rebounder can be enough of a workout for some older people. Bouncing and practising balance postures can really help to improve core strength, posture and co ordination.
In a nut shell rebound is a fun, effective workout. It’s exercise but by stealth. So bring on the bounce and you’ll feel a whole lot better.