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“Movement is life… We need to move to feel alive!” – Jason Vale
What is Rebounding?
Put simply – bouncing on a mini trampoline. Unlike regular trampolining, the aim isn’t to bounce high or perform gymnastic tricks, it is to perform a series of small, controlled movements. There’s no need for special instruction, you can use your Rebounder for bouncing, jogging or dancing. Rebounding could possibly be the most perfect exercise!
Rebounding is a unique exercise in which a weightless state is achieved at the top of each jump and landing achieves twice the force of gravity on each bounce. This shift in gravity benefits every muscle and cell of the body and provides huge benefits to the lymphatic system.
Who Can Rebound?
Rebounders are suitable for many people, which is one of the reasons why rebounders are such sound investments! The whole family can benefit from rebounding. Many rebounders come with stabilisers which can help when you first start rebounding or if you are rebounding as part of a course of physiotherapy. As with any new exercise regime it’s important to start steady and build up your stamina and strength.
This is an easy exercise to start; there is no need for special instruction but it is important to use it correctly and start off slowly. Begin practicing by slightly moving up and down continuously with your feet remaining in contact with the mat. Build up your times from 2-5 minute sessions to 20-30 minute sessions. Once you have perfected the art you can practice bouncing and twisting your arms at the waist, jogging and jumps.
Why is Rebounding Good?
Our bodies have a built in need for activation. The lymph system, for example, bathes every cell, carries nutrients to the cell and takes waste products away. Yet the lymph system is totally dependent on physical exercise to move. Without adequate movement, the cells are left stewing in their own waste and starving for nutrients, which could contribute to arthritis, cancer and other degenerative diseases including aging.
Rebounding is an exercise that reduces your body fat, firms your legs, thighs, abdomen, arms, and hips, increases your agility, whilst improving your sense of balance. Rebounding strengthens your muscles over all, provides an aerobic effect for your heart, rejuvenates your body when it’s tired, and generally puts you in a state of health and fitness.
Benefits Of Rebounding
Vigorous exercise such as rebounding is reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times. Our bones become stronger with exercise.
Some benefits of rebounding include:
- 20 minutes of rebounding = 1 hour running for cardiovascular workout
- Not hard on the bones and joints
- Strengthens the heart muscle
- Lymph cleansing
“Rebound exercise is so efficient in stimulating the lymph flow that Dr. C. Samuel West calls it ‘Lymphocizing.’ I say it is simply a miracle the way the body knows how to take care of itself. We just need to know how to help it a little and do it.” – Albert E Carter
Types of Rebounders
There are two main types of rebounder; those that have springs and those that have bungees.
Spring based rebounders are the most common and have been around the longest. In terms of quality, you do get what you pay for. There are some very poor rebounders on the market made with cheap materials and have a terrible bounce. At Juice Master we have put our name to the only two we recommend. These rebounders have been tried, tested and put through their paces at both our retreats!
The Bellicon Rebounder
In recent years a German company Bellicon have developed a brand new bungee based (instead of spring based) rebounder.The Bellicon rebounders were originally developed for people with osteoporosis so they can do exercise with very low impact on the joints. Now the Bellicon rebounders have gone global as the rebounding experience is fun, energetic and extremely soft on the joints.
The Pro-Bounce Rebounder
With 2 sizes and similar in design, The Pro-Bounce is 45 inch 36 spring rebounder, which has similar construction to the 40″ but a larger bounce area.