I have been getting a lot of questions about REBOUNDING recently, so I thought it was about time I wrote a post all about the benefits of rebounding to help explain why I am so in love with it!
Rebounding is just what it sounds like – jumping on a trampoline. You can rebound with or without your feet actually leaving the trampoline. I first heard about the health benefits of rebounding a few years ago, but I kind of brushed it off as something “extra” that I didn’t really need, and I wasn’t that interested. A few months ago, though, I kept hearing about rebounding over and over again, so I felt like the universe was sending me a signal. I started doing some research, and I decided to try it out myself to see if I noticed any benefits. I mean, could jumping really do that much?
I ordered a mini trampoline off of Amazon, nothing fancy, and set it up to give it a try. It was cheap and simple to put together, although I did need my friend to help with part of the setup process. For any other single ladies living alone out there – this might be a two-person job for you, too.
Despite being only three feet wide, my mini trampoline takes up a good chunk of my apartment since I live in a tiny, one-room studio that’s pretty crowded as is. If it didn’t end up being worth it, I was very prepared to toss it. I hate feeling cramped in my space.
Well, it’s been a few months, and my mini trampoline is still the centerpiece of my studio apartment. I must admit it – I love rebounding!
Rebounding became more popular in the 80s when NASA studied its effects on astronauts, looking for a way to build up their bones and muscles again after they spent time in space. They found that rebounding was an extremely effective way to work the whole body without applying too much pressure to the feet or legs, the exercise provided less strain on the heart than other forms of activity, and it had much greater cellular benefits than that of other forms of exercise, like running.
While rebounding is excellent for increasing bone mass and improving balance, that’s not really why I’m into it. Rebounding increases mitochondrial function, and therefore cellular energy, and the biohacker wannabe in me is all about supporting my mitochondrial function.
The main reasons I became interested in rebounding, though, are because it’s great for lymphatic drainage, supporting the adrenals and thyroid, and digestion.
Let’s start with the lymphatic drainage. I am always looking for a way to improve the detoxification systems in my body, so why not try out rebounding? The lymphatic system in our bodies works to recycle our body fluid, lymph, which collects toxins. However, the lymphatic fluid in our bodies doesn’t drain without some kind of movement to push it along. Any kind of movement can help flush the toxins out, but jumping up and down is especially effective.
Some signs of poor lymphatic drainage include brain fog, bloating, digestive issues, depression, dry or itchy skin, chronic fatigue, feeling store and stiff, cold hands and feet, food sensitivities, getting sick more often, excess weight, allergies, and more.
Proper detoxification supports all of our body’s systems, so this can also really help to support the adrenals and the thyroid. Rebounding is a great option for anyone with hormone imbalances who is looking for some extra detoxing. Because rebounding supports the growth of white blood cells, it also helps to boost the immune system.
Like most forms of jumping, rebounding is also great for digestion, which was one of the main reasons I wanted to try it. This was definitely the most noticeable benefit I saw. I can tell the difference when I travel and don’t have my rebounder, or when I’ve gone a few days without rebounding at home. Gravity does aid in the digestive process, and jumping up and down really does help to keep things flowin’ through your gut.
Besides those health benefits, rebounding has also been shown to be a great form of exercise that’s apparently much more effective than running. It is definitely low-impact, which is great for anyone who struggles with joint pain. I don’t personally use my rebounder for “exercise,” so to speak, but it is definitely fun to randomly jump on for a few minutes here and there, whenever I’m in the mood.
If you’re curious about my routine, every morning I begin my day with a few minutes of rebounding. I usually just put on a song or listen to a few minutes of a podcast while jumping. I honestly love the effects it’s had on my health. I feel like it immediately puts me in a good mood and starts my day off on a positive note. It definitely helps with my digestion, and it makes me feel like the rest of my day will be more “active.” Plus, it’s really fun. I feel like a kid again.
I am very in tune with my body and I really do feel like my body has been detoxing much more, and much better, now that I’ve been rebounding regularly. I do know that it’s helped with my mood, digestion, and energy levels, though, so I’m sticking with it. It feels great to start my day off with a form of detox. Plus, I want to support my mitochondria…
I definitely recommend trying it out if you’re interested! My cheap rebounder off of Amazon works perfectly well for what I’m using it for – not doing any crazy back flips over here. Now that this has become part of my daily routine, I’m pretty attached and feel incomplete without starting my morning this way. Who would’ve thought that jumping up and down could have so many health benefits?!