It's so exciting to see the love for rebounding in the latest issue of Women's Health Magazine! They highlighted some of the best benefits of bouncing:
"It uses significant amounts of oxygen at the muscular level, engages large muscle groups and can be sustained continuously. Bouncing on a mini trampoline is just as good for you as pounding the pavement (running), but it doesn't feel as hard or intense on the body according to a studio by the American Council on exercise. That's because the trampoline absorbs a lot of the impact that on a harder surface, travels up your legs."
They also provided some key points on how to jump safely and effectively. Here are their 5 recommendations with our notes on their importance!
Stay Centered. It's easy to gravitate towards a wide stance and jump too much by the edge of the mat because it feels more stable there. But pull away from the edge and bring your feet in towards the middle more to maximize the benefit of your rebounder!
Align Yourself. Bending at the hip and knee is super important to maximize your leg work. This will use your quads, glutes and hamstrings vs jumping and landing with straight legs.
No Heel Striking. The foot should land toe-heel in a rolling fashion, moving through the ankle joint. Holding up the toes and landing heel first leads to shin splints.
Go Barefoot. Not only does this strengthen the muscles in your feet which is super beneficial to improving balance, but wearing shoes on the soft rebounding surface restricts your ankle movement (i.e. locks your ankles) and can send tension into the knees, hips and back. Save your shoes for the pavement!
Release the Bar. Rebounders can come with a bar in case you need support. But keep in mind that the more support you ask of that bar, the less you ask of your muscles. So jump without the bar to challenge and strengthen your muscles to the max! *and to have 360-degree range of motion while jumping
Learn more about our rebounding classes!