A rebounder is a small trampoline with a typical diameter of 3 feet. Not only is it enjoyable and convenient, but it is effective for weight loss too. And there are other benefits like detoxification, improved metabolism and muscle toning.
How much weight you’re aiming to lose and how fast are the key factors dictating which rebounding workout is most effective for you. In any case, you should rebound on bare feet to avoid slipping. You can combine rebounding with other exercises, like weight-lifting, biking and walking.
In terms of weight loss, how much weight you actually eliminate with rebounding depends primarily on two factors: how frequently you do it and for how long you do it each time. And the more intense your sessions are, the more weight you will lose and the quicker too.
Basics of Rebounding
You can rebound at different intensities, like gently bouncing on the rebounder or by jogging hard in in place or jumping higher off the mat. For substantial weight loss though, do more strenuous rebound routines. Gentle bounces are a great way to warm up, then start bouncing higher and higher off the mat while exerting more and more effort. Do this alternately with some jogging and running in place. If you are just starting, do it just a few minutes at a time. Slowly extend your rebounding workout to about 30 minutes or even longer. Cool down as you approach the end by reverting back to slower, less active bouncing.
For variety in your rebounding workouts, throw in some movements – for example, jumping jacks. Move as quickly as possible for more weight loss. However, be sure that your rebounder is large enough before beginning those jumping jacks. Just keep in mind that the more strenuous your movements are, the more effective they are for weight loss.
Rebounders are not restricted to exercises you perform in an upright position. For effective full-body exercise that work on your back, legs and abdominals, sit on your rebounder with your feet on the floor underneath it. Lean back slightly and pull your feet up slowly with your arms opened wide. Then bounce up and down, finding balance with the use of your arms. Once you’ve perfect this exercise, try it with your legs extended up and out. You will know if you’re doing it right if your legs and torso are creating a “V.”
Lastly, before you start though, check with your doctor to be sure that you can keep up with the physical demands of these routines. Rebounding is healthy in general, but if you have certain medical conditions, it might do you more harm than good.