Benefits of bouncing
Emily Kennedy MSc RHN
Want to feel weightless while losing weight? Rebounding combines the carefree fun of bouncing with the natural benefits of exercise.
Want to feel weightless while losing weight? Rebounding combines the carefree fun of bouncing on a mini trampoline with the natural benefits of being physically active. By taking advantage of gravity, you’ll get a more intense workout when you exercise on a rebounder.
Unlike jumping on a gymnastics trampoline, the aim of rebounding isn’t to bounce high or to perform complicated acrobatic routines. In rebounding you start by practising a set of controlled movements while bouncing—not jumping—up and down on a mini trampoline. Once you’ve mastered the small bounces, you can progress to more vigorous jumping.
The fitness benefits of rebounding are numerous. As a full-body cardio workout, exercising on a small trampoline rivals the effectiveness of running on a treadmill and is easier on the joints.
Good for the heart
Rebounding improves cardiovascular fitness by exercising the heart and lungs. Compared with treadmill running, rebounding may feel like less work. That’s because jumping on a small trampoline involves short periods of rest while the body is airborne.
These rest periods decrease oxygen usage, so intense rebounders feel as though they’re exerting less effort than intense runners. By using less oxygen, rebounding may be less demanding on the heart than conventional running on a treadmill.
Good for muscle tone
Rebounding improves muscle tone by engaging every major muscle group in the body. Rebounders need to maintain balance and coordination while bouncing on a small trampoline. This engages more muscle groups—especially those in the calves, thighs, abdomen, and arms—than regular treadmill running.
Good for joints
Unlike treadmill runners, rebounders avoid stress injuries such as shin splints. Decreased stress on ligaments and joints means that rebounders enjoy longer workouts, exercise at higher intensities, and reap the benefits of physical activity.
As a zero-impact activity, rebounding is ideal for people of all levels of ability. People in rehabilitation programs and those of advanced age may also benefit from rebounding. Regaining physical strength and stamina through the gentle movements of rebounding is a great way to start exercising again.
Good for trimming
Rebounding will help to tone your hips, waist, arms, and legs. Intense rebounders will feel weightless as they get more air time and trim their waistlines.
Good for travelling
A tiny tip about space: you don’t need much of it to be able to rebound at home; most small trampolines are only 40 inches (100 centimetres) in diameter and some can even be folded, packed up, and taken wherever you go.