Around 2001, before most people in South Africa had heard of rebounders, Colleen and Mike Thornhill, (founders of Healthmakers), manufactured and sold a rebounder called the ‘Lymphasizer’. At that stage, I did research and discovered many interesting facts about rebounders, one of the facts being, rebounding is found to be 68% more efficient than running on a treadmill, so I bought one. You must realise that I was not the most physically active person, and the thought of doing less exercise, time wise, whilst reaping the benefits of a much longer session, really appealed to me.
Listed below are some of the other benefits of rebounders:
It provides an extremely effective ‘no impact’ exercise – especially important for those with less mobility or undergoing rehabilitation.
Rebounding has been found to lower elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
It increases metabolism which assists the body in burning more calories, thereby reducing body fat.
Rebounding increases energy levels, which are maintained throughout the day.
Increases oxygen levels in the body
Increases the performance of both the heart and the circulatory system and thus slows the aging process.
Stimulates the flow of lymph fluid through the lymphatic system. The change in gravitational forces allows for greater blood flow and this increases the amount of waste and toxins flushed from the body. Rebounding can increase lymph flow by up to 15%.
Rebounding has also been found to enhance digestion, nerve impulses and muscle fibre
Revitalises your body when it’s tired
Blood pressure can be significantly reduced by rebounding
Strengthens your muscles and bones without the trauma of hitting a hard surface
It helps increase bone density. Osteoporosis is a condition that affects many people
Rebounding can help with balance and co-ordination
Rebounding reduces stress levels, helping you to relax and sleep better.
Rebounding tones the body’s internal organs, veins and arteries, as well as muscles and bones, at the same time.
It’s more fun than other exercises!!!
Rebounders are suitable for everyone – in fact, this is one of the reasons why they are such a good investment. The whole family is able to benefit from rebounding, from toddlers to the elderly. Many rebounders come with stabilisers which can help when you first start rebounding or if you are rebounding as part of a course of physiotherapy. It is really easy to start rebounding on a mini trampoline. Start by doing small steps and bounces. Once you feel more comfortable you can enable your body to bounce higher and higher away from the mat. There are four basic types of bounces that can be done to get the most out of this fun and easy exercise.
The health bounce is a very gentle bounce where the feet are shoulder-width apart and do not leave the mat. If you are beginning a new fitness regime with a rebounder it is important not to overdo it on your first few sessions. Start with light rebounding for 4-5 minutes and slowly build up your time. This bounce can be used for a few minutes several times a day to fully flush the lymphatic system and boost the immune system. It can also be used as a warm-up and cool-down bounce for any rebounding routine. The strength bounce involves jumping up into the air as high as possible. This promotes the greatest strength gains because the cells are under the highest amount of gravitational pull. Simply put, strength is achieved by becoming more efficient at opposing gravity. The aerobic bounce involves any kind of aerobic movement. Jogging, running, and sprinting in place, jumping jacks, and simple bouncing are all fine options. Because rebounding is low impact and nourishing to cells, joints are actually protected and strengthened.
The sitting bounce serves two purposes. First, one can use the sitting bounce to target the abdominal muscles. It is done by sitting on the mat, leaning back, and lifting the legs in the air. Bouncing is then done while keeping the legs off the floor. This bounce significantly strengthens the abs, back and legs. Secondly, the sitting bounce is an excellent for disabled individuals that are not strong enough to stand on the rebounder. Sitting on the mat and lightly bouncing is enough to flush the lymphatic system, boost the immune system, increase circulation, and oxygenate the entire body. Alternatively, a person can still benefit from placing their legs on the rebounder and having someone else bounce up and down.
Incorporating all of these bounces into a daily rebounder exercise routine will give every cell in the body a thorough workout. However, only use a high-quality rebounder such as reboundSA which is proudly marketed by Healthmakers. Inexpensive or worn-out units can put undue stress on the body.
People new to rebounding should start out slowly to give the body proper time to adjust. Rebounding is simple, safe and fun, it is easy to stick with and almost everyone can do it. Yet it is incredibly powerful and provides the body with many significant health benefits.