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Best Type of Exercise: Rebound Your Way to Good Health

Woman on Rebounder

Dear Delialah,

I've decided to start exercising and I am looking for something that is healthy in other ways besides just the normal health benefits of exercise. It seems everywhere I turn there are so many different types of exercise and I don't know which is best. I know of yoga for flexibility and dancing to stay limber and swimming for building muslces. Is there a particular type of exercise that you recommend?

Thank you,

Carlene Tunie

Dear Carlene,

Once upon a time exercise consisted of doing a specific activity, usually jogging, swimming, playing a sport or “working out” for 30-60 minutes, at least 3 days per week. The health and wellness community now recognizes that the key to being healthy and getting your body in prime shape is more about staying active and less about a structured, specific exercise routine. Taking advantage of opportunities to be active throughout the day is just as effective as a structured exercise routine, if not more. By making simple, healthy lifestyle choices you can incorporate more movement into your day, which results in improved overall health. What does that mean? It’s pretty simple. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a walk instead of a drive. Bike to work. Go for the farthest parking spot instead of the closest one. These are just a few of the many ways you can get up and get moving throughout the day.

If you’re looking for a specific type of exercise that comes with additional health benefits, I recommend rebounding. What is rebounding? Simply’s bouncing. A rebounder is a small, single-person mini trampoline. It can be used indoors or outdoors; it doesn’t take up much room and most fold up easily for storage. The most important feature of a rebounder is the countless health benefits associated with it. Believe it or not, it’s a lot more than just jumping on a trampoline. Rebounding is a strenuous aerobic activity that is safe, gentle and no-impact. And it burns more calories than jogging or swimming. Other health benefits include: strengthening the heart, slowing the aging process, reducing stress, increasing drainage of the lymphatic system, detoxifying impurities from the cells, improving headaches, alleviating arthritis, boosting energy levels and improving circulation.

One of the most significant health benefits of rebounding is the effect it has on the body’s cells. Every time you bounce, you strengthen the cells inside your body. The rebounding motion causes all of the body’s cells to strengthen as a result of the increased “G force” that occurs. Because it affects all cells, including the immune cells, rebounding can significantly strengthen and improve the immune system. Rebounding essentially strengthens and detoxifies every single cell in the body. It can even be done from the sitting position, which is beneficial to those who are disabled or those who want to target the abdominal or lower back muscles.

As with any exercise program, be sure to consult with your health care provider before getting started.



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