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Kids don't have all the fun: Discover rebounding

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Kids don't have all the fun: Discover rebounding

Remember how much fun it was to hop around on a trampoline as a kid? Rebounding brings back all that fun -- but rebounding trampolines are small and close to the ground, so you don't have to worry about controlling the spectacular, sky-scraping bounces you may remember from your childhood.

 What is rebounding?


Rebounders are mini-trampolines -- usually about 3 feet in diameter -- that emphasize the down, or "sinking in," part of each bounce. So while you still get that delicious weightless feel as you bounce, you don't get flung straight back up into the sky.

Most rebounders are only 8 to 12 inches high, so they're pretty easy to step onto and off of. And if balance is an issue, many of these mini-tramps come with a handlebar or safety rail you can hold onto as you bounce.

Benefits of rebounding


So why would a grown adult want to spend her time bouncing around on a tiny trampoline? The acceleration/deceleration of each bounce stimulates your lymphatic system, which in turn helps cleanse your body and strengthen your immune system.

Bouncing on your mini-tramp is also a gentle, effective way of increasing bone density. The bones in your legs, hips and lower spine still support your body -- but the trampoline's give and take absorbs most of the impact.

Lots of people with cystic fibrosis swear by rebounding as an easy way to clear their lungs and better oxygenate their blood. And it'll also help lower your stress levels, because hey -- it's fun!

And last but definitely not least, rebounding is a great workout. You can make your rebounding session as easy or as athletic as you want, starting with gentle bounces and stationary jogging and working your way up to tuck jumps or your favorite aerobics moves. If you really want to break a sweat, you can add hand weights to your rebounding workout  for extra intensity.