Exercise Benefits of Mini Trampoline
What you eat is the focus of this site and blog, but when you start to live a healthy lifestyle, you have more energy, and you begin to crave exercise! Diet is only 2/3 of the battle, of course. The other 1/3 of your success in being healthy lies in—as that gorgeous actor Matthew McConaughey puts it—“breaking a sweat every day.” (It seems to be working for HIM, right?)
Why do I relegate exercise to only 1/3? Because it doesn’t matter HOW much you exercise if you’re eating three donuts a day, or a pint of Haagen Daz—you’re simply going to gain weight. But people who exercise experience much more than weight control. My personal favorite thing about exercise is the release of endorphins into the bloodstream, which cause elevation of your mood.
When people are struggling with depression (and weight problems usually go with this), obviously I want them to address the whole diet. But my #1 and #2 suggestions are, (1) start working out doing something you like and can fit into your day, and (2) eat a little flaxseed each day.
I’ve read a number of 12 Steppers and GreenSmoothieGirl.com readers say they struggle with getting fit being home with small children, or after having a baby.
You might know that the exercise benefits of mini trampoline jumping (rebounding) is very possibly the best form of exercise you can do. It works every one of the trillion cells in the body, and forces the lymph system to pump, without joint pain like jumping rope causes. It can put you in your target heart rate zone, which strengthens your heart. It relieves stress by stabilizing the nervous system; it helps the lymph system move waste and detoxifies; and it builds muscle. And it’s fun!
Rebounding is an all-in-one isotonic, aerobic, isometric, and calisthenic workout. Dr. James White of UCSD said (as quoted by Dr. Robert O. Young in The pH Miracle for Weight Loss) that “rebounding is more effective for both fitness and weight loss than cycling, running, or jogging . . . with the added advantage of producing dramatically fewer injuries” (p. 158). Young adds that “NASA research determined that rebounding is a 68 percent more effective aerobic exercise than jogging.”
A “Do-able” Workout
I think rebounding is perfect for someone at home with small children, or someone who likes to watch TV (because you can easily do it while watching). For over 10 years, while my children were small and I couldn’t get to a gym or outside to run, I did The Firm workouts (plus a bunch of step aerobic tapes I had). They were great, but I got seriously sick of them. I haven’t done them once, since I joined the gym 6 years ago. (I dusted them off and gave them to a friend recently.)
You have to find something you can do in the time you have, and Dr. Robert O. Young thinks 15-min. sessions on the rebounder are perfect (do 2 or 3 sessions a day if you’re competitive). This is perfect for young moms, because as my formerly professional friends and I bemoan, the life of a mom is carved up into 15-min. snippets. (No wonder we get “mommie brain” and seem to lose our ability to focus for any stretch of time!)
While you jump, isolate specific muscle groups for a better toning experience. It’s important to get one of the best mini trampoline rebounders, because a cheap one can harm your nerves, tendons, and joints, which defeats your purpose! You can tell a good one because it has 6 legs, 36 four-inch springs made of good wire, shielded by a cover, with tapered coils (which last longer). The mat should be made from Permatron material, which is smooth, sewn together with 6,000 stitches of nylon. The material should not stretch when you land on it—the springs should be doing all the work.
Needak Health Rebounder is the only one I found that fits this description, and all I found at my local sporting goods stores were cheap $40 models. I bought mine online (see link below). I bounce on it for 15 minutes every night before bed, while I watch Tivo’d TV in order to turn my brain off. (Then my TV watching isn’t just wasting time, right?)
People who need it can buy the optional stabilizing bar for their workouts as well, for something to hold onto. You should be able to fold up the legs and put it out of sight. One model (for an extra $40) allows you to fold the rebounder in half for easy traveling.