Why Women Need Rebounders

NASA found rebounding to be 68% more oxygen efficient than other exercises. This means that using a rebounder uses oxygen more efficiently so you still get the cardiovascular benefits of without feeling as tired and out of breath as you would if you were doing other aerobic exercises. It is a very effective cardio activity; however, I completely underestimated the rebounder and its health benefits. As it turns out, rebounding is considered to be the most effective form of exercise because of numerous health gains, including detoxification, injury prevention, and the reversal of osteoporosis, in comparison to running and other high impact activities.

Detoxification

One of the major advantages of using a rebounder is its effects on the lymphatic system. Lymph helps keep bodily fluid levels balanced, as well as fight infection by removing disease-causing germs. This lymph is able to move throughout the body only by a person performing physical activity. Without exercise, the lymph is unable to remove any harmful waste and causes degenerative diseases, such as arthritis, as well as forms of cancer. The up-and-down motion of rebounding can increase lymphatic flow by 15-30 times the normal pace (healingdaily.com) which will have a huge effect on the improvement of your immune system.

Injury prevention

The low impact exercise of the rebounder takes the unnecessary stress off of your joints, especially your ankles and knees. Shin splints are also a major cause of injury to those participating in high impact activities. Joint damage and shin splints caused by excessive stress are completely preventable if running or jogging on hard surfaces is replaced by rebounding or another low impact activity.

Osteoporosis

Not only does rebounding increase the circulation of lymph fluid and prevent arthritis, but studies have found that bone mass can actually increase as well. This finding is especially important to women who gradually lose bone mass as they age and osteoporosis sets in. Even for those who have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis, rebounding can reverse the effects and damage of this condition.

Other benefits of rebounding exercise include increased balance, improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels, prevention of the common cold and sore throat, and even a natural face lift!

Rebounders are relatively inexpensive and can be found at most sports equipment stores and websites. I recommend doing some research to find one that fits your budget and personal needs. There are also websites and DVDs available of specific exercises and programs that will help you incorporate rebounding into your workout routine.

3 Great Rebounder Exercises

The rebounder is a mini trampoline that can bring you some excellent health benefits. Not only is it a low impact piece of exercise equipment, it’s a high results item that can bring you many benefits from a fitness perspective as well as for overall health.

One of the benefits of this piece of equipment is that it’s great both for beginners to fitness as well as those who are already physically fit and want a challenging workout.

Rebounding exercises burn more calories than exercising on the ground and takes the pressure off your joints so you can work out for longer periods of time, therefore seeing faster results. Gravity works in your favor instead of against you.

The healthy bounce,  jogging and jumping jacks are three great exercises you can do at home with your mini trampoline.

Getting Started

It’s wise to start any exercise routine with stretching. Have some water nearby too and before you start, be sure your rebounder is correctly assembled, on a firm surface and exercise in your bare feet or in running shoes to prevent slipping and injury.

Health Bouncing

Sitting or standing on your rebounder and gently bouncing is a great way to get comfortable with rebounding. Just the act of simple and gentle bouncing while standing or sitting can have significant health benefits and get you started on the road to fitness. If you’re concerned about balance and stability you can buy a rebounder that comes with a stability bar.

Basic Rebounder Jog

Jogging on the spot on your rebounder will burn more calories than jogging on the spot on the floor or ground. Jog faster or put more pressure into the jump to achieve a higher bounce.

Jumping Jacks

The rebounder is the perfect tool to accentuate the jumping jack and get more mileage out of it. When performing jumping jacks on the rebounder, you can do more of them than on the ground because you won’t feel the same harsh impact on your joints and your feet. More jumping jacks equal more calories burned and greater cardiovascular health also.

Adding Intensity to Your Workout

Any exercise on your mini trampoline will increase health benefits and exertion when you increase your arm movements, jump higher and you can even hold hand weights and wear leg weights. You can purchase 1, 2 or 5lb weights to hold while you bounce.

Twisting while bouncing or increasing your bounce to achieve greater height will also increase the intensity of the workout resulting in higher heart rate, more perspiration and more calories burned.

You can also use your trampoline for additional exercises that you’d normally do on the floor including crunches, yoga moves and even Pilates.

Advanced balance exercises should be attempted only after you’ve been exercising with your rebounder for a while so that you feel comfortable with your balance which will reduce the chance of injury.

It doesn’t take much to get results when bouncing and with only a few minutes a day you can rapidly see changes in your body tone and your endurance levels. The above basic exercises can be tailored to any workout program and in just a few minutes of rebounder exercising per day you can benefit your heart, lungs, bones, lymphatic system and trim inches of fat off your body.

Interval Training Tips For Beginners

Maybe you are considering getting involved in a resistance training program for the first time. Or perhaps you have been training for quite a while now but find that your weight training has become stagnant. Somebody in either of these categories may be interested in trying one of the most effective types of training out there: interval training. However, if you have never engaged in interval training you really need to heed some interval training tips before jumping into a serious interval training program.

Let us begin this discussion with a brief description of interval training. You should really know what interval training is if you are considering this exciting type of workout. Like the name indicates, interval training is a workout routine that revolves around intervals. Usually, this means that you spend a designated period of time engaged in a high intensity exercise, followed by a designated period of time engaged in a low intensity exercise. In this fashion, your heart rate remains up as you are never fully allowed to rest. Likewise, if you are engaged in a resistance training interval session, your muscles remain contracted, forcing them to grow bigger and stronger.

Now on to some interval training tips: First of all, before you tackle an interval training session, make sure you are in good enough shape to handle the workout. Interval training is not for the faint of heart and it’s a good idea to warm up to interval training. In other words, before you try this training routine you should engage in a regular exercise routine for a period of weeks to work your way up to this strenuous workout.

Next, when you begin your interval training, you need to make sure you are exercising at the right level during both the high intensity and low intensity intervals.  One way of doing this is by pushing yourself to your maximum capacity for one interval, followed by an interval at a slow enough pace to recuperate enough to give it your maximum at the next high intensity interval.  Although this is not a scientific approach to interval training, it is quite effective. Generally speaking, your high intensity interval will last about half as long as your slow interval. This will ensure you are fully rested when it is once again time to push yourself.

Another interval training tip is to never engage in an interval training session without first warming up. Take a running program, for instance, where you alternate sprinting intervals with jogging intervals. It would not be a good idea to jump right into a sprint without first warming up. A good warm up session includes not only stretching but spending a period of time walking at a fast pace followed by a jog before beginning your high intensity intervals.

Interval training can produce substantial results. By incorporating this style of training into your regular exercise schedule you can take a shortcut to a healthier and happier you.