You'd be foolish not to!
Rebounding is by far one of the best forms of exercise when it comes to boosting wellness. The best part is, a short amount of time on the rebounder goes a long way when it comes to health benefits.
I have been rebounding on and off for 15 years. I started rebounding while training in Kinesiology because I heard it was beneficial for helping reduce lumpy breast tissue which I have. While this was the reason I began rebounding, I soon realised there were far more benefits to be had. Even though I was only rebounding for 5-10 minutes a day, I was getting fitter, sleeping better, feeling mentally more positive and alert - I just felt Well. After 6 months of rebounding people who met me would comment on how well I was looking.
15 years on, and into my early 50's, I now feel rebounding is more vital than ever for my overall wellness. It is one of my key supports through the menopause and for bone mineral density there is no better exercise for support bones while helping joints.
NASA Study on Rebounding
In 1980 NASA published a paper on their research into whether rebounding could match running on a treadmill. They found that rebounding:
- was 68% more beneficial than running.
- improves oxygen uptake more than when running.
- rebounding works every cell in the body.
- Distributes pressure evenly through the main joints, ankle, back and neck
- One of the best exercises for strengthening bone mass.
Rebounding Works for improving Bone Density.
Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will experience some form of bone damage?
In 2019 the Korean Journal of Sport published the results of their 8 week study on a group of women aged 45 who were asked to rebound for 30 minutes - four days a week. These women had not been exercising prior to this study. The results showed:
- A significant increase in bone mineral density.
- Improved Body Mass Index (BMI).
- Lower Blood Pressure.
- Lower Heart Rate
- Weight Loss
- Improved Muscle Mass
Rebounding Improves the Lymphatic System
One of the most important reasons for rebounding is that the lymphatic system is worked. Our circulation system has the heart to pump blood around our body. The lymphatic system has no such pump and relies on the exercise we take to pump our lymph (fluid) around our body. This fluid brings nutrients to muscles and organs as well as taking away larger toxins that are too big for the blood. The lymph system is part of our immune system. This system runs through every single part of our body and is vital for our wellness. We rely on this system for taking things like harmful bacteria, viruses and cancer cells out of our body.
Improves Bladder Control
Women have also reported improvements in their pelvis floor muscles with stronger bladder control.
Everyone that I have worked with has reported that their overall mood and mental wellness improves with rebounding.
With all these benefits, it's a no brainer that we should all be rebounding.
It's Important for over 40's to follow a Gradual Programme for Wellness
Because rebounding works every single muscle in our bodies and it has such a powerful effect on our lymphatic drainage, I believe it is vital that over 40's begin to rebound for only one minute daily and build up from there. Trust me when I say, this is one form of exercise you don't want to risk doing too much too soon.
The Smaller Muscles Need Gradual Strengthening
Most of us have quite a weak set of abdominal muscles which can lead to lower back problems. Rebounding works all the smaller muscles deep in our pelvis and lower abdomen, working these to hard and too quick can lead to aggravated lower back and pelvic issues.
Clearing The Lymph
Clearing the toxins that could be built up in our lymph system too quickly can also be quite traumatic and might lead to one never wanting to see a rebounder again!
Join My 20 Week Rebounding Programme
These are only two of many reasons why I have created a basic 20 week rebounding programme that allows you to start at one minute a day for the first week and work up to 20 minutes by the end of the 20 weeks. It doesn't matter if you are 40 or 80, by following my 20 week programme you will start off gently and build up to your limit reaching a max of 20 minutes a day, or two ten minutes daily. (Will put link to programme here)
You May Need to Consult your Doctor
While I believe the benefits far outweigh the risks, there are risks. If you are prone to dizzy spells or blood clotting, while rebounding could offer you some relief, it could also shift a clot or cause you to become dizzy. Please consult your doctor before trying to rebound. It would be advisable not to rebound on your own in these cases. If you have undergone any surgical procedures recently also consult your medical team as to when you may rebound again. This is why I always recommend beginning with one minute gentle bounding and working up.
Those who follow this programme do so at their own risk and should you be attending a health professional, please consult before embarking on this programme.