Have you heard of a rebounder or it is also known as a mini trampoline?
It is the most beneficial exercise tool for those with chronic illnesses.
To be honest, when I first heard the word mini trampoline, I brushed it off and thought that it was way too much effort for me.
However, I then started researching the benefits of it and knew that I couldn’t ignore the benefits.
Living with a chronic illness (being a spoonie) is exhausting and it can drain most/all of your energy just to get out of bed.
That is why I thought that rebounding wouldn’t be for me, however, it can be used at your own speed and adapted to your specific circumstance.
All rebounding is, is basically jumping/bouncing on a mini trampoline for 15 minutes a day. That can be all at once or divided into 3x5min sessions.
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There are several ways that you can do it, but here are the main three that I can manage at various times…
- Normal jumping, with both feet about 6 inches off the surface.
- A gentle bounce, feet do not leave the trampoline at all.
- Sat down, bouncing with your upper body, both feet on the floor.
Why rebound? It seems random
Rebounding has been around for a long time.
It’s when NASA studied its benefits in the 80’s that it gained popularity.
NASA was looking for ways for astronauts to regain muscle and bone mass because they lose as much as 15% being in 0 gravity in just 14 days.
Their findings show that rebounding is up to twice as effective as treadmill running without the pressure on the knees or ankles.
It also found that the increased G-force in rebounding allows you to get more benefit with less oxygen used and less effort on the heart.
Here is the NASA rebounding report, in case you need more proof!
I have a chronic illness, will jumping on a mini trampoline actually work for me?
Speaking as a fellow spoonie with MS, I can testify that the benefits of rebounding are AMAZING.
One struggle that I deal with is the loss of weight. It’s very frustrating, but I’ve started to understand that it is because of loss of both bone and muscle mass.
The rebounder is the best option for regaining those because of the G-force.
I must admit, that since having my twins, I don’t do near enough as much rebounding as I should. However, this is something that I need to improve on because the benefits are too great not to.
- Boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function
- Great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass and muscle mass
- Helps improve digestion
- Improve balance
- Rebounding helps circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy.
- Rebounding in a whole body exercise that improves muscle tone throughout the body.
- Increases lung capacity
A quick word about the lymphatic system!
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help the body get rid of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, which is a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
There is so much to learn and know about the lymphatic system and in basic terms it is like this:
It is a major way to expel toxins from the body. Unlike blood that runs through the body on a continuous loop, lymph fluid only runs in one direction, and that is upwards towards the neck. Therefore, bouncing up and down on a rebounder activates the release of toxins.
This sounds like just the thing I need, how do I start?
The first thing to do is to buy a rebounder, which one should you buy you may ask?
There are lots of different makes of a rebounder. The more expensive ones are meant to have to have better springs to reduce the impact on joints however cheaper ones work too. Work within your budget.
The Komodo mini trampoline, this one is budget friendly and a great choice for those trying to watch the pennies.
Marcy Unisex Foldable Mini Trampoline has a detachable handle that helps with balance.
The Maximus Pro. This is the one I have and it is pretty pricey. However, because of my muscles, I wanted to spend more money to get better springs.