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Get Fit and Have Fun with the Urban Rebounder

Hi everyone!

I thought I’d let you know why I choose to work out on the Urban Rebounder.   If you’re looking to get jumping right away then just use the search box on the right and you’ll see all the rebounders that are available at Amazon.

Why am I writing this? Well, when I was thinking of buying a rebounder, there weren’t many real reviews around.

So, I thought I’d do a quick write-up to help any of you who are in the same position I was.

I’ll be going into the good and the bad points of the Urban Rebounder, cause every product has it’s good and bad points — right!

Getting fit with this rebounder is the most fun working out you’ll ever have!

I got my rebounder last year as a Christmas present(to myself!), I knew I needed some type of equipment that I could get a good cardio workout on… I’m not real fond of cardio work 🙂  I absolutely enjoy strength training on my Total Gym, but that just wasn’t enough to get rid of the weight I needed to lose.  All of the research I had done told me that I needed to do interval training for fat loss and doing that on the rebounder has some really impressive health benefits.  More on that in another post.

The rebounder is fabulous for a “no impact” workout, let me tell you… it would not be at all easy for me to do jumping jacks or jog on a hard surface.  But, on a rebounder it’s a snap!

I usually try to put in 15-25 minutes on the days I’m not working out on my Total Gym, that way I get my cardio and strength training… something we all need!  I’ve lost 25 pounds so far, I’ve got a few more to go, but no complaints because the weight is finally coming off easily.  That wasn’t always the case, I’ve been struggling with losing the weight ever since pregnancy — the kid’s 16 now… so I’ve been at it a LONG time!  I really think it’s the combination of the strength training and the rebounding that’s finally kicked my metabolism into high gear and if you check out the list of benefits you’ll see why I’m so thrilled with rebounding.

Here’s a short list of a rebounder’s rather impressive health benefits.

Overall Reduction in Body Fat:
Rebounding reduces body fat, improves body tone, improves your muscle tone, improves the body’s ability to burn carbs, lowers pulse rate and blood pressure.

Revs up Metabolism:
Rebounding helps you to better absorb the  nutrients from your food  and conditions all of the body’s systems to handle energy in a more efficient way.

Better Endurance:
Rebounding expands the body’s fuel storage capacity, resulting in more improved endurance.

Improves Cellular Function:
Rebounding helps the body attain absolute potential of the cells through chemical function.

Increases Respiration and Improves Oxygen Circulation:
Rebounding increases your body’s ability to circulate more oxygen to the tissues and where there is oxygen there cannot be disease.

Improves Your Muscle Tone:
Rebounding gives you a feeling of muscular vigor from increased muscle tone. Healthy muscles are important to your sense of well-being and energy.

Maintain Peak Brain Function No Matter Your Age:
Rebounding results in better mental performance, improving your ability to learn.

Improves Your Immune System: Rebounding  helps keep the entire body in tune reducing the number of colds, allergies and digestive issues.

Reduces Fatigue:
Rebounding restores your glandular system to increase the output of the thyroid, the pituitary and the adrenal glands- that will help to boost your energy level.

Lowers Blood Pressure:
Rebounding boosts muscle tone in the middle arterial muscles which will act as a buffer during high stress moments.

Strengthens Your Heart:
Rebounding strengthens the heart muscle. Increasing the G-force will create greater contraction. The muscles work harder and get stronger.

Relieves Muscle Pain:
Rebounding will give you relief from back and neck pain, from headaches and from other pains caused by the lack of exercise in the muscles and joints of the body.

Lowers Your Cholesterol:
Rebounding has been proven to help lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Helps Your Lymph System: Rebounding helps keep the lymph fluids circulating throughout your entire body-which acts as the body’s vacuum cleaner.

Promotes Body Growth:
Growth of the long bones is heightened by rebounding due to the stimulating effect on the pituitary gland, which produces  growth hormone.

Stops Premature Aging:
Rebounding has the ability to reverse, prevent, or diminish hardening of the arteries.  Your mind will remain alert, skin smooth, skeleton flexible, libido intact, kidneys functioning, and your liver detoxifying.

Betters Your Sleep:
Even very light, gentle rebounding will allow your body to relax and achieve a better nights sleep.

No piece of equipment is perfect, but I have very little that I don’t like about my rebounder.  I would like a little more surface area and maybe a different color scheme since it’s hanging out in my living room!  It comes with several workouts on a DVD and there were some scratches that made portions of the DVD unplayable.  I could have called the company and gotten it replaced, but I like watching tv while I’m rebounding so it was a non-issue for me.  I did watch the DVD’s and there are some really good workouts, but I just like doing my own thing(translation… I can goof off if I want to!).


Final Thoughts

I just love my rebounder.  I can’t think of any other piece of equipment where you can jog, do jumping jacks or dance an Irish jig and get in an incredible workout that has so many fabulous health benefits!  Oh… it’s a lot of fun too!

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.

Essential Equipment For Beginner’s Pilates

For those who wish to exercise in the privacy of their own home, but do not want to have to buy expensive equipment, a wonderful way to reduce stress and tone muscles at the same time is to purchase a few Pilates essentials to get you to practice Pilates successfully!

As a beginner, the Pilates exercise equipment you will need is just some loose fitting clothes, which are as comfortable as possible in order to allow you to move easily. Another essential item is the Pilates mat and that’s all you need to get started.  As you progress to more advanced moves, this article will cover some equipment that should be helpful for you to proceed.

1) The Significance of a Pilates Mat

Most Pilates exercise involves mat work which can be considered to be the basis of Pilates exercises. The best Pilates mat should be thick and durable which can be used in gyms, homes or studios. Most of the Pilates mats are created for protecting and cushioning the spine throughout the mat work regimes.

A Pilates mat can be purchased for a relatively inexpensive price, and for the most part all gyms and fitness centers will have a Pilates mat. There are many companies that sell these mats. If you are interested in purchasing one you can do a search at any search engine.

Pilates mats can come in a variety of styles. For you to get the best ones, you need to check out their sizes, thicknesses, densities, colors, textures and materials used to get total satisfaction. You will find that typical prices for a Pilates mat ranges from US$25 to US$45. In the event you need to transport the Pilates mat to different places buy one that has attached handles and which can be folded.

2) A Pilates ring which is mostly used for Windsor Pilates

The Pilates ring is a stretchable rubber circle that is about 14 inches in diameter on the average. It can come in smaller or larger diameters, depending on what muscles are to be strengthened.

The Pilates ring was invented to sculpt core muscles. Core muscles consist of the abdominal muscles, the pelvic muscles, and the buttocks muscles. The Pilates ring is a safe way to sculpt these core muscles, which is to tighten them through endurance stretching.

In addition the Pilates ring can tone not just the core muscles but other hard-to-tone muscles in the legs. Such an exercise in which leg muscles are tightened is when one lies down on a mat and places the Pilates ring around their ankles and, lifts their legs up and down slowly in order to feel the resistance.

Pilates rings can also help to tone the arm muscles. An exercise that tightens the arms is one in which, in a standing position, the arms are raised straight over the head with the Pilates ring around the wrists and the arms slightly widened.

A participant should use the Pilates ring safely by not trying to strain the muscles too hard, which can lead to injury. These rings come in different resistance types, so it is best to start at the lowest resistance level and build up steadily.

The cost of these rings depends on the size, resistance, and manufacturer.

3) A rubber ball for the abdominal and buttocks exercises

The Pilates ball is important mainly because it is a piece of equipment which is used in so many of the Pilates routines. It helps with many different factors such as helping you gain better balance and to increase the intensity of your workout overall, both which are incredibly important to most people.

If you wish to purchase the Pilates ball, you should be able to find a selection of these balls at any store near to you that sells other forms of the Pilates equipment.

As with other Pilates equipment, if you can’t find it easily then it is a good idea to go into your local gym and ask a professional where you should go. Alternately you can seek help from the internet for all your Pilates essentials.

All the Pilates equipment  is used to add strength and value to your exercises, but you can also perform all the exercises without this equipment and still achieve the desired results although not as fast as you would with the given equipment.