Exercising on a mini trampoline provides a wide variety of physical and mental benefits. By bouncing up and down, you simultaneously exercise all the cells in your body because by resisting gravity you exert a gentle force throughout the body with each bounce. Through regular use, you can build muscle and stamina, burn calories, improve your cardiovascular system, strengthen your bones and muscles, increase lymphatic function and more. On the mental end of things, rebounding can enhance your mood and self-confidence while offering a welcomed break from a stagnant workout routine.
Here are 10 important health benefits you can get from rebounding regularly:
Jumping on a rebounder works several muscle groups, much like jogging, but the real advantage is that it causes much lower levels of shock trauma to your skeletal system than running or jogging on hard surfaces. Through regular use, a mini trampoline can enhance lung capacity, increase red blood cell counts, lower your blood pressure and strengthen the heart.
2. Muscle Tone and Weight Loss
Exercising on a mini trampoline is an effective way to burn calories, increase muscle tone and and trim fat across your body. Consistent rebounding exercise can also help boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn calories even after the workout has finished. Through regular rebounding, along with a good diet, you may be able to lose a small amount of weight within just a few weeks. As with all forms of exercise however, it usually takes months to see major results.
3. Lymphatic System
Working out regularly on a mini trampoline can provide benefits for your lymphatic system, which is commonly neglected by other forms of exercise. Your lymphatic system helps fight bacteria and viral infections in the body, and help transport waste out of the body. In order to adequately flow throughout the body, lymph fluid depends heavily on muscle contractions. Consistent exercise on a mini trampoline is one of the best ways to accomplish this. The accelerating and decelerating motions of rebounding works a huge range of the body’s muscles and thousands of lymph valves. With only a few minutes of rebounding exercise daily, you can improve your lymphatic function.
Regular workouts can boost balance and coordination. Because the surface of the trampoline stretches in all different directions while jumping, your body’s balancing mechanisms receive optimal stimulation. It’s also been shown to improve the brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus within the inner ear, which leads to better balance.
5. Natural Face Lift
Your skin is a community of cells. The motions and forces that are caused by rebounding repeatedly puts these cells under stress as they need to resist the increased level of G force. As a result, the cell’s membrane gets thicker, firmer and gains more elasticity. Therefore, regular use of a mini trampoline will firm your skin and increase its elasticity.
6. Injury Reduction
Most joggers can attest to the exercise’s tendency to cause muscle pain and joint problems. Jogging most often causes injuries to the knees, shins, ankles and feet. Studies have shown that in any given year, about 65-80% of runners get injured at least once, and the impact that causes these injuries can be decreased by up to 80% when rebounding. Jogging on a mini trampoline generally leads to fewer injuries since there is virtually no impact on the body.
7. Alignment and Posture
Rebounding can strengthen your back without the wear and tear you would likely experience when running or jogging on a hard surface, which leads to better body alignment and posture.
8. Bone Mass
For bones to increase and maintain their density, they require the application of weight-bearing force. The best way to do this is for them to work against gravity. That makes jumping on a trampoline a perfect way to improve bone strength. When done correctly, the weight-bearing exercises that come from rebounding place just enough pressure on your bones in order to stimulate them to produce new cells, replace old ones and absorb calcium, making them harder and sturdier. A NASA study showed that rebounding was best exercise to rebuild the lost bone tissue of astronauts whose prolonged weightlessness caused them to lose up to 15% bone mass in only 2 weeks in space. This same exercise can be used to prevent osteoporosis and actually reverse the damage.
9. Stress Relief
Who doesn’t love the feeling of freedom and weightlessness that jumping on a trampoline brings? The feeling bouncing alone can bring a smile to your face. But did you know that by increasing circulation and the flow of oxygen, rebounding has also been shown to enhance relaxation and improve sleep? It can also trigger the release of endorphins, your brain’s natural calming aid. By simply shifting your focus to a physical task like rebounding, tension melts away and your head soon feels clearer. A few minutes of bouncing on a mini trampoline can make you feel like a brand new person.
10. Pelvic Floor
For people with pelvic floor issues, rebounding exercise can not only strengthen the surrounding muscles themselves, but also help them to maintain a healthy weight and encourage proper digestive functioning, both of which can help to reduce the symptoms.