Many a child has spent hours of enjoyment bouncing on a trampoline. Jumping up and down, legs splayed, and usually with a huge smile plastered on their face. Bouncing on a trampoline was not only great fun, it helped to build body control, muscle flexibility, and confidence. Who was going to be the first to try the next big trick whether that be a somersault or simply bouncing off your butt and changing directions.
As an adult, using a mini trampoline or rebounder may not bring you the same enjoyment level; but, that doesn’t mean it’s without benefit. Surprisingly to some, that simple actions can make a huge difference in your health and fitness.
Rebounder and Mini Trampoline Benefits
First, the jumping up and down movement involved in working out on a rebounder is the best method to stimulate your lymphatic (immune) system. Lymphatic fluid travels through your body through a system of tubes called the lymph system. The tubes have actually one-way valves constructed into them. Each bounce opens and closes these valves, triggering the lymphatic fluid to be pumped and flowed effectively. Working out on a tiny trampoline is by far the very best way to improve the lymphatic system. It is highly recommended for cancer patients and anyone with a reduced immune system.
Second, exercising on a rebounder reinforces every cell in your body, not simply a few of them. At the top of each bounce, your body experiences a quick moment of weightlessness. At the bottom of each bounce, your body experiences 2 to 4 times the normal gravitational pull. The forces of acceleration and deceleration stress every cell, which causes them to enhance. For that reason, your skin, organs, and muscles you aren’t even familiar with are being enhanced by the bouncing action of exercising on a small trampoline.
Finally, an easy way to make your bones stronger is bouncing on a rebounder. Astronauts that were in a state of weightlessness for several straight weeks, lost both muscle strength and bone density. Without the pull of gravity, muscles wither and atrophy and bones end up becoming weaker and less dense. NASA found that by working out on mini trampolines upon returning to earth, the astronauts could safely and quickly restore the muscle strength and bone density they had lost. Being inactive by sitting or laying most of the day will have the same result on our bodies that weightlessness does. Rebounding is extremely beneficial in fighting osteoporosis.
Weigh Your Options and Choose to Bounce
You have lots of options when it comes to addressing your fitness and health needs. If you are eating healthy, the next most important thing you can do is exercise and exercising on a mini trampoline or a rebounder can be highly beneficial. Not only will it improve your lymphatic system, the constant up-and-down motion will make every cell of your body better. Finally, the specter of osteoporosis haunts many of our elderly and everyone who has a sedentary lifestyle. Research by the experts at NASA have found that bouncing on a rebounder will make your bones stronger and help you build that muscle strength and bone density you lose when you’re not getting enough exercise.
“Bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun” shouldn’t just be the refrain of that lovable Winnie the Pooh character, Tigger. It should be yours, too, if you want to reap the benefits of exercising on a trampoline or rebounder.