Slim Down with Rebound Exercise
You can't go anywhere these days without hearing about the newest fitness craze. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about rebound exercise and weight loss. Rebounders have boomeranged back; an old trend that is suddenly brand new again. But does rebound exercise actually help you shave off those extra pounds?
What is a Rebounder?
Rebounders give you the enhanced cardiovascular benefits of a trampoline, using a much smaller design. A rebounder is a freestanding mat, surrounded by a system of springs that stands approximately 10 inches off the floor. A micro-trampoline for fat loss? You said it.
How Rebound Exercise Works
Leaping on a trampoline increases your heart rate and oxygen ingestion several times better than running on a treadmill will do. And since rebounders absorb all of the impact to your joints, it is an ideal solution for those with brittle bones, joint troubles or anyone with knee or ankle injuries.
What Kind of Exercises Can You Do on a Rebounder?
The types of exercises you can do on a rebounder are limited only to your creativity, however, here are some suggestions that may help jump start your path to weight loss success:
Jog: Stand on the rebounder, with your feet shoulder width apart. Bounce on the rebounder for a couple of minutes. Once you have your equilibrium, begin jogging at a comfortable pace. You can make jogging on the rebounder a part of your warm up, or your entire routine. If you are jogging as a warm up, jog for two to five minutes before moving on to your next exercise. If you choose to keep jogging as your exercise routing, make sure you jog for at least twenty minutes so your body gets the maximum benefit.
Jumping Twist: Practice jumping on the rebounder for a few minutes, landing with both feet hitting the mat simultaneously. Once you have your equilibrium, jump up lifting your knees as high as you can when you jump and twist to the right, landing with both feet facing the right, together. Then, repeat the jumping twist going to the left, and landing to the left. Complete ten sets of ten reps each.
Jumping Jacks: when you have surmounted jumping and twisting on the rebounder, try a few jumping jacks on for size. Do ten sets of ten reps each.
Increase the Burn: If you add ankle weights or free weights to your routine, you will not only speed up your weight loss, but you will tone your muscles too. Toning your muscles help you burn fat faster, while giving you a lean, toned up look you will be proud of.
Ramping it Up: Experiment with your jumps. Try bringing your knees a little bit higher than you did the day before. Jog a little faster. Add a few reps or a complete set to your routine. As you get more fit and as your body becomes healthier, you'll need to increase your intensity level so that you do not plateau.
No matter what exercises you do, or how long you do them, make sure you set fitness goals and track your progress. Every day, write down what you did, how long you exercised and how you felt. Keeping a fitness journal helps keep you motivated and lets you look back to see how far you have come. Add photos, motivational quotes and keep track of your weight and measurements. It's your journal, use it in a way that keeps you going back to your rebounder for more every day. Your body, and your mind, will thank you for it.
Health Disclaimer. Copyright ©2014. Published with permission. Shauna Zamarripa is a freelance writer and is not directly affiliated with avivahealth.com.
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