Personally I’d never heard of it, but apparently it is an up and coming way of bettering your health with low impact, weight bearing exercise. Have you heard of it?
I did some research and found it has been around for years, however it wasn’t until the 1980s that it began to gain momentum as it was used by NASA to help keep astronauts mobile while experiencing zero gravity. Naturally this made me a little sceptical as to how it could benefit those of us with our feet firmly on the ground.
According to health and fitness expert, James Winfield, rebounding takes place on a small trampoline that is designed to give extra spring and absorb impact throughout sessions that are between 20 and 45 minutes long. The motion creates gravitational pull and as you bounce the constant change in gravitational pressure works every single cell in your body, including internal organs, muscles and skin. Skin? Really?
It doesn’t sound all that scientific to me, it’s just bouncing, right? Wrong! It supposedly burns 100’s of calories in each work out, as well as detoxifying the body, improving posture, strengthening your core and toning your body.
I think this would be one that I might need to try, does anyone have a small trampoline I could borrow? It actually sounds like more of a laugh and joke than an exercise, so it would probably make me more inclined to stick at it.
Does anyone use rebounding as a form of staying in shape? They look sweaty but not necessarily hating it like some people do with the standard gym, right?
For those who want to know more, here are James Winfield’s top rebounding facts:
Rebounding detoxifies – Toxins are stored in the fat cells and the body is reluctant to burn fat whilst there are toxins present. Rebounding helps rid the cells of toxins by effectively stimulating the lymphatic system by creating a pump effect.
The “push” motion forces the lymphatic valves to close, the “jump” motion opens these valves at the top of the jump. This creates a “pump” effect which effectively pumps, moves and recycles the lymph and the entire blood supply through the circulatory system many times during the course of the rebounding session, providing a free-flowing system that drains away the toxins very efficiently.
Rebounding helps you to lose weight quickly – By rebounding for just 30 minutes a day you could lose a stone in 3-4 weeks. Consider when you are running on a treadmill and it asks for your weight to determine how many calories you have burnt.
If you put in that you are heavier than you actually are, it will show a significantly higher calorie burn. Rebounding achieves this higher calorie burn due to the effect of gravitational pull. Your exercising body weight is 3.24 times higher than during normal exercise which causes your body to burn calories more quickly.
Rebounding strengthens your core – Working on an unstable surface provides a constant balance challenge leading to the involuntary contractions of the ‘deep core muscles’. These are responsible for giving you a flatter belly and improving your posture as well as minimizing injury’s including painful back conditions.
Rebounding can change body shape – Rebounding will change your body shape as it tones and tightens muscles and skin. Due to the effect of gravitational pull every single cell is worked including internal organs, muscles and skin, leading to benefits such as increase in muscular strength and tone, strengthening pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles, and toning and tightening of skin.
Rebounding is an exercise for everyone – It’s fun and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. You are in control of how hard you “push” which controls the intensity of your workout and allows you to increase your fitness levels gradually. Moves such as squats, lunges, rotational movements, presses and sprints are performed between bursts of jogging and bouncing, all on a low impact surface.
If you really want to feel the burn you can do explosive plyometric exercises which are performed for athletic and sports conditioning such as squat jumps or add extra resistance by using sand weights and resistance bands.
To find out more about James and rebounding visit www.maximuslife.co.uk.