Last year I purchased a gift for myself. I do not do that often but when I do it is going to be a doozy. As you all know I do most of my workout routines at home in our home gym.  I love, love, love it but my options for variety are sometimes limited. I had a friend who told me awhile back about rebounding and I was all over it. Jumping on a trampoline and getting fit while doing it? Heck yes, sign me up.  After a lot of research I finally purchased a rebounder from JumpSport Fitness.  Check it out.
Ok now that you have seen me make a mini fool of myself let me tell you why I love working out on a rebounder.  Besides the fact that it is super fun, there are a lot of health and fitness reasons to like the rebounder. I think the #1 reason I love it is that it is a low-impact exercise.  I love running, Insanity and Combat but they do take a toll on my knees if done without breaking up my workout routine. I love swimming and rebounding because of the break it gives my joints. Here are just a few of the reasons I love bouncing on the rebounder:
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves my coordination and balance
  • Helps build my muscle tone
  • It is low impact
  • Breaks up my routine schedule
  • AND it is just downright fun!

You do not need to just listen to me. Check out all these quick reference snippets provided to us by JumpSport.

Summary research excerpts related to bouncing/rebounding

Here’s what the researchers are saying about rebounding:

The mini-trampoline [rebounder] provides a convenient form of exercise with a major advantage being its apparent low level of trauma to the skeletal muscle system.

— Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (1990: 10; 401-408)

The findings indicate that exercise on a miniature trampoline [rebounder] may provide a safe, adequate indoor exercise for normal and many cardiac patients of varied ages, if guidelines concerning rate or stepping and height of knee lifts are adhered to…

— Journal of Medical Science for Sport and Exercise

…for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running on a treadmill, a finding that might help identify acceleration parameters needed for the design of remedial procedures to avert deconditioning in persons exposed to weightlessness.

— NASA Journal of Applied Physiology

A.W. Daniels, a Ph.D. Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah in the fields of Material Science and Engineering, and Orthopedic Surgery, studied the impulse load contact, or the force with which a given subject’s foot makes contact with another surface. They determined that a miniature trampoline has only 15% of the impact force of a wooden board track, a standard exercise surface.

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