Time to break out your leotard and leg warmers! Just kidding!
Today I am talking about rebounding. Have any idea what I am talking about? Rebounding. Or bouncing on a mini trampoline.
Why you should be rebounding:
- It is inexpensive (You can buy a mini trampoline for under $40 here)
- You can do it at home
- Good for people of all ages (low impact and relatively “easy”)
- It is super effective (I’ll explain below)
- It’s oddly fun for exercise
Full body detox. Toxins become stagnant and collect in our lymphatic system, but when you are exercising, this allows toxins to be flushed out of the body. Rebounding has been found to be the most effective type of exercise when it comes to detoxing the lymph system because of the up and down movement. Many cancer patients use rebounding as a part of their therapy, both for its health benefits and because it is easy on the body.
Weight loss. If you are moving, you will lose weight. I’m not going to go into any more detail here.
Bone and joint health. Did you know that NASA uses rebounding to help increase bone density of astronauts who return from space? Rebounding is also a great idea for those diagnosed with osteoporosis or for those who have difficulty exercising because they have bad joints. Rebounding exercises the entire body without putting excess pressure on your legs, like say for example, treadmill running does. Studies have shown that you get more benefit with less oxygen and less exertion on your heart. Rebounding is a gravity-based exercise—the up and down movement benefits your health on a cellular level and at a greater rate than other forms of exercising. It also stimulates mitochondrial production.
Cellulite reducing. A good portion of the cellulite us ladies have is hereditary. But rebounding is great for reducing cellulite, especially the non-hereditary kind that is caused from a toxic lymph system. Try rebounding daily for a few months, and I guarantee you will see a decrease in your cellulite on your butt and thighs. Add some collagen and dry brushing to your daily routine as well, and the results will blow your mind. (Click here to see my results.)
I’ve talked a lot about the lymphatic system, but rebounding is great for your cardiovascular, immune, and endocrine systems as well. It will increase your blood circulation and support a healthy immune system. Furthermore, when you are detoxing, that means you are getting rid of excess toxins and hormones. This may help you if you have a hormone imbalance. I’ve been rebounding for the past couple months, and I didn’t even think about it, but it was probably helping me with my period related issues more than I realized. (Read about that here, Part 1 and Part 2.)
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Don’t wear tight or spandex-like clothes. I know when I workout in public, I like to wear my leggings because it sucks me in and holds everything tight. But for rebounding, you want to wear loose clothes. The more you wiggle-jiggle, the more you will be able to flush crap out of your lymph system.
Your ultimate goal is to do a 30-minute session several times a week. If this is too hard for you, do 5 or 10-minute sessions, until you get a total of 30 minutes in. You will build up stamina and be able to do 30 minutes during a single period within a short amount of time.
You don’t have to do hard-core jumping. You can jump lightly, where your feet don’t even leave the ground. Or you can jump where your feet leave the surface, but only a few inches. I usually do bouts of both—I’ll start with light bounces, and then get my heart rate up by doing bigger bounces, and go back and forth. On nights where I’m tired and don’t want to do anything, I’ll make myself get on there, and do soft bounces.
Don’t rebound immediately after you eat or drink or you will hear all that business swishing around and possibly get a bit woozy.
Here’s a little video I made of some different types of bounces you can do if you have no idea what to do. Also there are some bouncing variations you can do if you are like me and don’t want to do the same repetitive bouncing over and over again. Just get on there and act crazy and have fun 😉
Have fun bouncing!