A few years ago, my awesome friend gave me her spare mini-trampoline. I had been hearing a lot about rebounding and its health benefits, and I wanted to give it a shot.
It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it! These are the main reasons why:
- It makes me feel like a kid and, according to Harvard, feeling young at heart makes you live longer. Yes, please!
- When I get stressed and restless, it literally helps me shake off those uncomfortable feelings. It also helps me when I feel in a funk and uninspired.
- It’s a super easy and low maintenance way to get a bit of cardio in. As you can see, I don’t even bother to change into any fancy workout attire. (Warning: if you wear something on your feet, make sure there’s grip underneath)
- It’s small, compact and can be stored out of sight. I’ve had exercise bikes in my living room in the past… no more. I just roll this away behind a storage unit.
- It’s like dancing by yourself but a notch up cardio-wise. Crank some tunes and go crazy. Just make sure your neighbours can’t see you 😉
From a health perspective, rebounding is actually quite impressive. The list goes on but here are some highlights:
- Boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function
- Great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass
- Good for reducing cellulite
- Helps improve digestion
- Helps improve balance by stimulating the vestibule in the middle ear
- Helps improve the effects of other exercise
- Helps circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy
- Whole body exercise that improves muscle tone throughout the body
- Some sources claim that the unique motion of rebounding can also help support the thyroid and adrenals.
(Source: adapted from Wellness Mama)
If you can get past the idea of bouncing on a mini-trampoline, I highly recommend you give it a try! The fringe benefits are awesome.