Rebounding: trampoline for grown-ups

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.

M.

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