10 Health Benefits of Rebounding

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10 Health Benefits of Rebounding (jumping on a trampoline)

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?

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  1. Kim V says

    I loved this article….you covered it all. I have one in my living room.
    Thanks for the encouragement and info to get going again.
    I really do believe in rebounding.

    • Lori Klein says

      Thanks Kim! That’s great that you already have one in your living room. I keep mine near my computer as a reminder to get up and use it.

  2. Yoli says

    Hi, I have a Jump Sport fitness trampoline and have been using it almost everyday for about 3 month’s. I hate to say is has done nothing for my cellulite. I am a very healthy eater. No sugar, no grains, only organic chicken, grass fed beef and pastured raised eggs. I wish something would help me with my cellulite. I do love my trampoline though!! It has so many other benefits!! Thanks for posting this!!

    • Lori Klein says

      Thanks for sharing Yoli! I’ve noticed the most improvement in my cellulite with dry brushing. Have you tried dry brushing?

      • Yoli says

        Hi Lori, Yes, I brush everyday before showering. I’ver tried everything since I was 30 years old and I am 50 years old. Thanks for replying!!


        • Lori Klein says

          I’ve noticed a definite improvement, but it is hard to say whether it is from dry brushing, rebounding, or a combination.

  3. says

    I knew that rebounding was good for you, but I didn’t know about all the benefits like white blood cell production and digestive improvement! Pretty amazing for what you think about as “just jumping on a trampoline”

  4. says

    This is a great tool! I love to do this exercise when the weather conditions are not favorable. I am sharing your link and image on my Facebook page for my personal November challenge where I encourage others to get on board and rebound to sound health! Be well! =)

  5. Hannah says

    I’ve have read that rebounding builds muscle and you can reshape your body just buy jumping on a mini trampoline. Could you explain how that works?

  6. says

    Hi Lori, I had no idea about the white blood cells. That is weird, in a good way. I would add another benefit: improves balance. My wife’s dad, who is 81, started rebounding after surgery last year. It has improved his gait and balance noticeably. For him, at his age, this is a big help, because a fall likely would result in a life changing head injury or hip break, which just leads to more problems. I am only 47, and I enjoy rebounding too, but cannot rebound with too much vigor as I have a weak lower back. But I have to say it is invigorating in a way. Fred.

  7. says

    I plan to start rebounding again tonight! I stopped for a few months due to a difficult winter and spring, But am finally walking a lot again and doing yoga. I have been having a lot of trouble with pain in my legs I think due to a genetic disposition to getting varicose veins as well as an old accident to my hips and low back as a child. I am thrilled to hear too that rebounding can help counteract osteoporosis as well as thyroid etc. issues.–not to mention the lymphatic and healthy heart and vein benefits. I even read somewhere rebounding can even help strengthen one’s eyes! An issue for me since I could develop cataracts if I am not careful since they seem to be so predominant in my family. So yes!! Am going to be back at the rebounding in a couple of minutes.

    One thing I wanted to mention however re the varicose veins. Certain herbs are very good adjuncts to exercise and diet for getting rid of or at least greatly reducing varicose veins and related symptoms. Namely Butcher’s Broom, Prickly Ash, and Horse Chestnut extract. Rutin extract (derived usually from buckwheat, citrus or Saphora japonica flowers) is also key. These remedies are widely used in Europe as they have been for centuries. Like many I am greatly helped by them. I also am rediscovering using acupressure on my legs helps a lot too (check out various videos on U-tube for this!), as well as walking around on my toes sometimes, or heel to toe walking (or even while sitting in a chair) exercises. All is helping me a lot. I thought I would never be able to sleep given how painful it has been for me to lie down. My legs would start aching very badly. I had no idea why when finally I saw these spider veins in my legs starting to multiply. I recalled what happened to my grandmother and put two an two together. My naturopath concurs. And certainly all this is helping! I also just ordered a special pillow for my legs so when I sleep my legs will be elevated. I’ve started to do that with a bunch of pillows around the house, which has really helped. I am making progress. The thing is though that my condition was never really obvious since overall l walk a fair amount and do yoga. But by doing a little less, and getting older, these old symptoms just started increasing to an unbearable state.

    So again yes to rebounding!! I will write back as I improve assuming anyone here is interested.

      • Anonymous says

        Part of why my situation has been so difficult is due to an old accident to my sacrum and L-5 vertebra. So with my genetic predisposition to getting varicose veins, its complicated. But yes the rebounding is helping as long as I just do short intervals several times a day, as is all the rest of my supplements and herbs and exercise thankfully. Fortunately its fun to do!

  8. says

    Thanks for sharing this information, I’ve study that rebounding develops muscular and you can improve your body just buy moving on a small playground equipment.

  9. Katie says

    Do you get the same benefits if you jump big jumps on a large trampoline? I have a large one, and I love playing on it with the kids. I have noticed the swelling in my ankles has stopped, but it’s too soon to tell about cellulite.

    • Lori says

      That’s great you’ve seen an improvement! I’ve read that you do get similar benefits from larger jumps. But, larger jumps don’t increase the benefits more than small jumps.


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