Ever since I was I child I loved bouncing….most children do! I used to get in trouble regularly with my mother for jumping on the bed. The good news for me is that my parent’s purchased our first rebounder when I was in middle school and I had the perfect outlet for my bouncing. What I didn’t know was how healthy rebounding was for my body, and health.
Bouncing and jumping on a rebounder is one of the best forms of exercise that you can get, but before we talk about the benefits, let’s look at a rebounder and what it is. A rebounder is a small trampoline. Most rebounders are approximately three feet wide and stand anywhere from 9 to 12 inches off of the ground. The mat of most rebounders is attached to the frame by springs, although there are upper end rebounders that are not being made with bungees instead of springs.
Rebounders have been found to be more than 65% more effective than treadmills and other forms of aerobic exercise!
The Health Benefits
According to foremost rebounding experts Dr. Morton Walker and Albert E. Carter rebounding provides a number of important health benefits.
- Strengthens the musculoskeletal system.
- Protects the joints from impact and chronic fatigue that is found in other forms of exercise.
- Decreases body fat.
- Improves muscle tone.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system to help your body clean out toxins.
- Helps oxygen be delivered to the cells. Disease cannot thrive where oxygen is present!
- Assists in rehabilitating the heart when heart issues are present.
- Increases the production of red blood cells.
- Improves circulation.
- Increases resting metabolic rate so that you continue to burn calories for hours after exercising is finished.
- Strengthens the heart so that it can work more efficiently.
- Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Promotes tissue repair.
- Helps to reduce neck, shoulder and back pain.
- Improves digestion
- Improves elimination.
- Promotes relaxation and high quality sleep.
- Promotes better mental functioning.
- Assists in combating fatigue.
- Boosts immune system function so that you will experience fewer colds, flu and viruses.
- Slows down the aging process.
- Helps to minimize allergies.
- Exercises every cell in the body.
- Rebounding is fun to do!
What type or rebounder to buy
If you decide that you want to try rebounding, stay away from cheap rebounders! These inexpensive, low quality rebounders tend to have mats that are very stiff and can actually cause injury to your joints as well as nerve damage! So avoid the rebounders found at big box stores and sporting goods stores!
Some of the best rebounders include the Needak Rebounder which is a spring based rebounder and the Bellicon, which is a bungee based rebounder. I have used both and I find that the Bellicon is the gentlest and quietest rebounder that I have used. Bellicons start at around $500 on up, but are definitely worth the investment. Needak is a high quality spring based rebounder. The spring action of this rebounder makes the mat a little more firm than the Bellicon, but it is not uncomfortable to jump on like many of the cheap rebounders can be. The Needak rebounders start at a little over $300 new, but you often can find a good deal on a used one through Ebay.com.