Finding an exercise routine that you can stick with is incredibly difficult for many people. For me, going to the gym usually leads to boredom and dissatisfaction, especially when most of the people there seem already fit and toned. Taking to the streets with a walking or running regimen is a good idea – but only if time, weather, and children don’t intervene. And that really IS the root of it: TIME.
Working out at home is often the best case scenario for busy moms, but can sometimes be difficult if equipment and space is an issue. However, I have found that rebounding exercises can address those concerns and have a total body positive effect.
Rebounding is achieved by bouncing on a mini-trampoline. I’m not talking about doing flips and gymnastic stunts that are performed on a large trampoline. Just small, controlled bouncing movements with zero impact and zero stress on body joints.
Mini-trampolines are small and compact enough to be used at home in the living room, bedroom or anywhere with enough head room. You can rebound while watching TV or listening to your favorite tunes. Most importantly, it can be done around your busy schedule. And afterwards, the trampoline can be folded up and slid under the bed or rolled behind the door.
Benefits of Rebounding:
- Burns caloies and fat (my favorite!)
- Increases energy levels
- Helps the heart, lungs, and other organs to operate more efficiently
- Improves muscle tone and strength
- Boosts lymphatic circulation and the immune system
- Increases capacity for respiration in a short amount of time – girl, you are going to sweat!
- Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Offers relief from body aches and pains previously caused by lack of exercise, including arthritis
Furthermore, in a scientific study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology 49(5):881-887, 1980, NASA even confirmed that, “Rebound exercise is the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man."
The ultimate rebounding goal is to work up to thirty minutes or more at a time, at least three times a week. However, you can start with just a couple of minutes at a time several times a day. Gradually working up to longer sessions will help strengthen the connective tissue that holds your organs in place. Rebounding also raises your heart rate, so it is good cardiovascular exercise, as well. This all over exercise routine works everything in the body.
Although rebounding helps to improve balance, some people may feel more comfortable working out with a balance bar that can be attached to the mini-trampoline. As for footwear, there is a lot of debate about whether you should bounce in your bare feet, wear non-skid socks, or wear tennis shoes, so I’ll leave that to your personal preference.
Unlike many exercise routines, rebounding is a lot of fun. Everything from gentle health bounces all the way up to more exotic aerobic motions is available on a mini-trampoline. The range of motion lets you keep each routine fresh to combat boredom, and the fun you have bouncing will keep you coming back for more. Combined with healthy eating habits, this new routine will have you in great shape in no time!