01 Jun 2012 Rebounding for health
Rebounding is what you do when you exercise on a mini trampoline. Did you know that trampolining is not just for kids? Here’s why you should be serious about it, I mean, serious about having fun with it…
Rebounding is often recommended for lymph drainage and detoxification, as well as to tackle stagnation, since research has found that it encourages lymph flow. So here’s a piece of homecare advice linked with your Akana treatments, or anyway: get a mini trampoline.
How does it work? When you jump and then land on the rebounder mat and depress it, the increased G-force encourages the opening of valves in the lymph vessels and sends a healthy surge of fluid up through the body. Your muscles are activated and you breathe deeper, which changes the pressure in your chest – two aspects also known to help lymph flow. Overall, your body thrives on the change in speed and direction that occurs twice with each jump.
Other health advantages of rebounding (source: Bellicon):
- Your immune system will also benefit from faster lymph circulation.
- Rebounding can help avoid back pain, by supplying spinal discs with fluid and strengthening back muscles. A good rebounder is also gentle on the back and an ideal exercise option for people with back problems.
- It’s great for balance and coordination training. It helps improve posture and is a safe form of exercise for all ages.
- Can be used for cardiovascular training. Rebounding is not strenuous, but can strengthen. A study has found that after a period of daily rebounding participants had lower post-exercise pulses than before the trial period.
- Can help optimise metabolism which would benefit diabetes sufferers. Due to the ‘weightless’ feeling, it’s also a pleasant form of exercise for those with type 2 diabetes.
- Accelerating metabolic processes accelerates digestion, hence makes it easier to keep slim.
- Better metabolic processes also make bones hard and flexible, which helps avoid osteoporosis.
- It’s far less weight-bearing than jumping on the ground, so helps prevent damage and osteoarthritis.
- The movement can help alleviate the condition of asthma sufferers.
- It a great way switch off the mind and combat stress, so a good preventative measure against high blood pressure.
- It’s a fun way to exercise indoors, although there’s nothing to stop you from taking it outdoors.
The range of rebounders on the market provides for all budgets, you’ll find plenty of reviews online. One product seems the favourite by far: the German-made Bellicon (photo) – the ‘Porsche of rebounding’. It’s made with bungee cords rather than springs, hence is smoother and more stable, and quieter. It not only feels more like ‘workout without work’, but is also gentler on your back. It offers different options for customisation, from diameter to colours, as well as a variety of accessories, some for safety (e.g. a cushion for children), some for convenience (e.g. a folding legs option).
Do you wonder whether you have enough ceiling height? I did. Bellicon trampolines are about 35 cm high, but at the same time, even with intensive training, you only swing approximately 10 cm above the frame. Bellicon’s formula is: minimum ceiling height = your height + 50 cm. Of course you can jump higher, but you don’t need to for healthy rebounding. It would unnecessarily overload your joints and increase wear and tear of your rebounder.
The video embedded below talks through some basics of rebounding, including a brief mini trampoline review. Enjoy!