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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!

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.

Top Six Benefits of Pilates Exercises

Pilates is the exercise of choice for dancers, gymnasts, and a host of famous Hollywood celebrities, and now it finds itself firmly entrenched in the mainstream.  So… why is Pilates so hot?

Pilates incredible popularity can be traced to the fact that it provides its faithful practitioners with benefits that you simply can’t get through the traditional aerobics/strength training format.

1. Gives You Long, Lean Muscles

If want a long, lean look without bulky muscles, but with all the strength. Would you like to build strength and endurance without getting the muscle man look? If so, Pilates may be just what you have been searching for.
There’s a reason that Pilates is the exercise of choice for gymnasts and professional dancers. Pilates does not rely on frequent repetition, and thus no overgrown muscles. Pilates focuses on the whole body, not just on sections of muscles.

2. Increases the Strength of Stabilizer Muscles

There are many benefits that one can achieve through a proper use of the Pilates program. One of the most significant points of the Pilates program is it’s ability to increase the strength of stabilizer muscles that may not commonly be worked out in a standard exercise program.

Also, since Pilates stresses the use of graceful and fluid movements, it can be a great way to get a better sense of the kinesthetics of your body. The sense of body that you can achieve through Pilates is quite significant, and many find that they are better able to balance themselves regardless of the position that they are in.

3. A Mind-Body Workout That Strengthens Your Whole Body

Another one of the benefits of Pilates is that it engages the mind and enhances body awareness. Like yoga, tai chi, and Asian martial arts, Pilates is not just a workout for your body. Joseph H. Pilates studied yoga, martial arts, and other ancient mind-body activities and included a strong philosophical foundation into the practice of Pilates.

Pilates not only helps tone your body, but your mind and spirit as well. The smooth, precise and flowing movements of Pilates are designed to make you more mindful of your body.

Breath movement is also emphasized to put you in touch with how breath moves through your body. Pilates has been demonstrated to reduce stress, anxiety, and helps lift depression. The mind-body connection is fundamental to the study and practice of Pilates.

4. Pilates Strengthens Your Core like No Other Exercise

Another one of the benefits of Pilates is the increased amount of strength that one can achieve in the ‘core’ of the body. The term core refers to the muscles in and around the area of the abdominal muscles and the back.

Proper breath control is also stressed in Pilates, adding to the numerous list of benefits that one can attain through regular use of the exercise program.

5. Prevents You from Future Injuries

Pilates strengthens your body and helps prevent future injuries. Pilates helps to condition the whole body, not just certain muscles. This helps balance the muscle and strength of the body. Since no set of muscles is ever over or under trained, there is less risk for injury. The body becomes more fluid and supple, protecting against injury.

6. Helps You Become Efficient With Your Body

Last, but not the least, one of the benefits of Pilates is that it teaches you how to become efficient with your body. Very few exercises can help your body become more efficient in its movement.

Why is efficiency so important? Being efficient means that your body moves in a way that is smoother, safer, and less prone to injury. By practicing Pilates on a regular basis, you can train your body more to move in a much safer and more efficient manner.

Benefits of Pilates for Older Adults

The benefits of pilates have been particularly noted in older adults. Older adults are more likely to suffer from symptoms of arthritis, including stiff and painful joints. Pilates practice has also been lauded for its ability to help prevent injury.

Even adults undergoing serious rehabilitation therapy can use Pilates to increase their range of motion and overall muscle strength. But is Pilates safe for all adults? Who should avoid participating in a Pilates program, and who is more likely to benefit from the program?

Consult your medical professional if you have any doubts about starting a pilates program. If you are suffering from severe degeneration or physical pain, you should take extra care before beginning a pilates program.

You should never feel pain while practicing pilates. If you do, you know that there is something wrong. Don’t be afraid to pull back if you feel overwhelmed.

Pilates was designed to progress naturally from one movement to another. If you feel stopped at one movement, don’t give up. Start at the beginning and work your way back to the areas you found most challenging.

Other Benefits of Pilates
Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk.
Reduce stress, relieve tension, and boost energy through deep stretching.
Restore postural alignment.
Create a stronger, more flexible spine.
Increase the range of motion in your joints.
Improve circulation.
Heighten neuromuscular coordination.
Offer relief from back pain and joint stress.
Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury.
Enhance mobility, agility and stamina.
Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity.
Improve the way your body looks and feels.