5 Surprising Benefits of Rebounding
Many of us have fallen in love with trampolines when we were kids. However, did you know that using a trampoline can bring just as much health benefits to adults as it brings happiness to the children?
The health effects of a trampoline workout, also called rebounding, are astounding. Rebounding has been around for a while but it particularly gained popularity in the 1980s as NASA was studying its effects on astronauts’ bone and muscle health in space during that time. Astronauts tend to lose as much as 15 percent of their muscle mass and bone density from just 14 days of being in a zero gravity setting, which lead to NASA finding ways to reversing this damage. This included rebounding.
In addition, rebounding is also known for a myriad of other health benefits, such as improving your lymphatic system health, aiding in cellular detoxification and acting as an effective, yet low impact workout to strengthen your muscles and joints, while burning ample calories. In fact, the effects of rebounding far surpass those of running or jogging!
While you may feel that the massive trampolines you see in most backyards are a bit of an eyesore, there are plenty of smaller versions in the market that will fit in your bedroom or living room. They’re also easy to store away when not in use. Read on to learn more about why you need rebounding in your life along with a few excellent examples of rebounders we love so that you can start right away.
Rebounding is easy on the joints
The springs and bungee bands that make a rebounder often absorb most of the impact from every jump, thereby making rebounding a great way to get a workout while having minimal impact on your joints.
According to the NASA study, there is a higher balance of force, also known as the G-force, when you’re bouncing on a rebounder. While rebounding, pressure is more evenly distributed at the forehead, back and ankle, unlike in the case of running where pressure is mainly concentrated around the ankle, thereby increasing risk of foot injuries. This indicates that including rebounding into your routine could naturally prevent or reduce joint pain, while keeping running injuries at bay.
The made in Germany, Bellicon Rebounder is a great example of a superior quality mini trampoline that absorbs up to 85% of the impact of bouncing, which is much higher than most other rebounders sold today. It puts much less strain on your joints and significantly reduces risk of aches and injuries during workouts.
Improves cardiovascular health
Rebounding is an excellent example of an aerobic workout as it can be incredibly benefit for heart health. While being tested, researchers found that the amount of work required for rebounding at similar levels of effort was much greater while on the rebounder compared to running.
In addition, rebounding allows a higher oxygen uptake as more oxygen is reaching your cells from the gravitational changes that occur during bouncing, compared to most other physical activities. Increased oxygenation strengthens your cells, boosts endurance and helps you exercise more efficiently.
Improves immune system health
Rebounding increases lymph fluid circulation, which increases white blood cell activity and hence, boosts immune system health.
The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system that transports a clear fluid called lymph and flushes out toxins from the body. Rebounding causes your lymphatic valves to open due the changes in gravitational pull, thus increasing circulation of lymph fluid. Therefore, it is believed that rebounding may aid in the detoxification of your body as well.
According to one study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 12 weeks of trampoline training improved balance postures in elderly participants. Rebounding helps prevent the functional limitation associated with aging, thereby reducing risk of falls and injuries.
Boosts muscular development and strength
Rebounding is known to boost muscular development, strength and proprioception – the ability to sense movement, location, position and orientation of body parts. According to one study, participants who performed two months of training using rebounding showed that the exercise increased length of time participants could stand on one leg. This indicates a significant link between rebounding and increased proprioception.
Increased proprioception is especially important for athletes to prevent injuries and among the elderly to reduce falls and injuries, such as hip fractures.
If you’re looking to get a low impact, high intensity full body workout, the RevoBounce 2 40″ Fitness Trampoline ($99) by Lifespan Fitness is a great choice. With an assembled size of 102xm x 102cm x 110cm, the trampoline can easily fit in any room. It also comes with resistance bands to add intensity and variation to your workout.