Rebounding is another word used for trampolining, and is basically trampolining used for its health benefits. There are many great health benefits of ‘rebounding’ and many reasons that you should consider this as a way to keep healthy. Here we will look at what some of these benefits are and how to use it to the fullest to get the maximum effect (Note: rebounding in a relationship sense conversely is not healthy… ).
First of all, rebounding is generally very good for your physical fitness. This is because it is quite simply a form of exercise that involves repeatedly jumping and that in turn means that your body is forced to burn fat stores for energy and that your heart will have to work to carry oxygen around the body. This is what makes any form of continuous exercise good for you such as jogging, rowing or using a cross trainer and it’s no different with rebounding.
What makes rebounding such a great form of CV though is the fact that it’s something you can do in your own garden if you happen to have a trampoline, and it’s something that’s actually fun, unlike a lot of the other forms of CV we use to get the blood pumping and keep us in shape. This then means that we can exert ourselves more and are more likely to find the motivation to have a great workout.
Note: One negative aspect of rebounding however is that it can place quite a strain on the joints – although the trampoline absorbs much of the impact, you are still falling from a big height and taking most of the brunt of this on your knees – so if you have bad knees then this might not be the very activity for you, and likewise for those with bad backs. However, at the same time because the trampoline is so springy it can be better for you in other ways. For instance if you find that you get shin splints from running then rebounding won’t cause a problem here.
Rebounding is also a great workout for the muscles however because you are using them to absorb impact (resistance) and resist g-force (gravitational force) and then to launch yourself back up in the air. This then helps to develop your leg muscles and the muscles in your feet and that in turn gives you a stronger lower body for a range of activities and also for better definition and appearance. You’ll also find that through rebounding you are able to strengthen the core muscles as you will need to use your abs and your lower back in order to help keep your body straight while you’re bouncing and to provide torque and momentum for a range of moves.
Whole Body Changes
The great news is that rebounding involves the whole body. Because it uses the mid section and ab muscles in conjunction with the leg muscles, and because it’s so aerobic, this all means that it involves the entire body and that in turn causes a range of hormonal changes in the body. For instance you will find that when rebounding your body automatically produces more growth hormone and this has the effect of burning fat while at the same time building muscle. It also produces lots of endorphins – the feel good hormone – which improves mood (and this is aided further if you rebound outside).