Jumping on a trampoline sounds like fun, but did you know that it has many surprising health benefits? It’s called rebounding and it is a type of exercise that is done on a mini trampoline, also called a rebounder. All you need to do is gently bounce on the trampoline. Your feet don’t have to leave the trampoline to get the benefits.
Rebounding became popular in the 80’s after a study by NASA found that it is a beneficial exercise because it increases oxygenation to the cells in your body.
It is better than jogging on a cement surface, which causes a lot of joint stress. I used to jump on a trampoline all the time as a kid and until now, I never knew it was good for me!
Rebounding has unique benefits compared to other forms of exercise because it involves increasing our G-force. G-force refers to the force created on the body as a result of acceleration or gravity. When you jump on a trampoline, initially you bounce upward, pause for less than a second at a point where you are weightless, then the G-force (the force that causes you to come back down to the surface of the trampoline) increases during the downward motion. When you take bigger jumps on the trampoline, this creates a stronger G-force in order to bring you back to the surface of the trampoline. The same NASA study found that as long as the G-force was around 4, rebounding was found to be twice as effective as running. So, in order to get the benefits you don’t need to take high jumps. Keeping your feet on the trampoline and just bending at your knees works great!
How do you Rebound?
To get the health benefits of rebounding, you’ll need a small trampoline. The one I have is 36 inches, which makes it a great size to keep in the bedroom or easily move to different rooms in your home. You can find them online for around $40. I would recommend getting one that is foldable and easy to assemble, like this one. You may be able to find one at your local store.
Make sure to wear loose clothing while rebounding as it allows for increased circulation and stimulation of the lymphatic system. This way, more toxins are released!
How to Jump:
For jumping, you can keep your feet on the trampoline and keep doing small jumps. You can also do small jumps where your feet leave the rebounder. Rebounding is primarily a gentle exercise, so you don’t need to take big jumps. I generally bounce while keeping my feet on the trampoline and just bending at my knees.
How Often Should you do Rebounding?
Rebounding several times per day, every day will give you the most benefits. Many recommend rebounding for 15 to 20 minutes a day. But, in order to keep circulation increased throughout the day, I do it for about 4 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times spaced throughout the day. Typically, I do it once in the morning when I get up, then before lunch, in the afternoon, and once a few hours before bed. Keeping the trampoline in the same room as my computer helps as a reminder to get up and take a break from sitting. Plus, it’s fun to do!
10 Health Benefits of Rebounding:
1. Increases Your White Blood Cells by 3 TIMES!
After rebounding for just 5 to 10 minutes, the number of your white bloods will triple. According to Natural News, they will remain increased to that level for nearly an hour after rebounding. An increase in white blood cells enhances your immune system, which is great for not only preventing/recovering from illness, but also for those with autoimmune conditions.
2. Stimulates Your Lymphatic System + Increases Circulation
The increased G-force created from bouncing on a trampoline stimulates the lymphatic system and boosts circulation throughout your body. Increasing the activity of lymphocytes improves the immune system and aids in detoxifying.
3. Aids in Releasing Toxins
It cleanses your lymphatic system which helps remove toxins from the body.
4. Increases Energy
This gentle exercise increases circulation of oxygen to cells, which aids in boosting energy. Just after a few minutes of bouncing on the trampoline, I feel a burst of energy.
5. Improves Digestion
According to Young and Raw, using a trampoline can help with digestion because the contraction and relaxation of muscles helps clean out the digestive tract.
6. Helps with Varicose Veins
Another one of the great health benefits of rebounding is that it helps reduce and prevent varicose veins. Since rebounding increases circulation and blood flow, it helps reduce the inflammation and pain with varicose veins. When I was looking for more information on how it helps with varicose veins, I found many commenting on their experience with it helping prominent veins.
7. Aids in Weight Loss
Rebounding is a great form of gentle exercise that promotes weight loss. I love that it is easy to do and fun!
8. Beneficial for Preventing Cancer
According to Linda Brooks, author of A Simple Approach to Cancer, rebounding aids in reducing tumors that are cancerous due to increasing the immune system and the cleansing of the lymphatic system.
9. Build Bone Mass
It can increase bone density and help you maintain bone mass even as you get older. Additionally, starting it as a daily routine, can help prevent osteoporosis.
10. Improves Cellulite
Bouncing on a trampoline can reduce the appearance of cellulite as it involves increases circulation of lymphocytes, which aids in breaking down the cellulite. According to Dr. Mercola, the exercise causes vibrations resulting in the contraction of muscles, which pushes lymphatic fluid out of areas of the body where cellulite forms ( such as outer thighs). One study found that this type of exercise reduced cellulite in participants by 26%.
Did you know about the many health benefits of rebounding? Have you tried it?