How Rebounding Works

Many types of exercise are done to target specific muscles or just to increase cardiovascular function.  Rebounding is unique since it uses the forces of acceleration and deceleration and can work on every cell in the body in a unique way.

When you bounce on a rebounder (mini-trampoline), several actions happen:

  • An acceleration action as you bounce upward

  • A split-second weightless pause at the top

  • A deceleration at an increased G-force

  • Impact to the rebounder

  • Repeat

The action of rebounding makes use of the increased G-force from gravity based exercises like this and each cell in the body has to respond to the acceleration and deceleration. The up and down motion is beneficial for the lymphatic system since it runs in a vertical direction in the body. Rebounding showed that the increased G-force helped increase Lymphocyte activity. The lymph system transports immune cells throughout the body and supports immune function. For this reason, rebounding is often suggested as a detoxifying and immune boosting activity.

Rebounding, since it affects each cell in the body, can also increase cell energy and mitochondrial function.

One of the major benefits of rebounding is its benefit to the skeletal system. Just as astronauts lose bone mass in space as a response to the decreased need for strong bones in a zero gravity environment, weight bearing exercise increases bone mass. Rebounding is especially effective at this since it increases the weight supported by the skeletal system with the increased G-force of jumping.

James White, Ph.D., director of research and rehabilitation in the physical education department at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), has explained how jumping for health offers a true physical strengthening effect to the muscles.

“Rebounding allows the muscles to go through the full range of motion at equal force. It helps people learn to shift their weight properly and to be aware of body positions and balance,” says White.

An advocate of rebounding for athletic conditioning, White uses the rebounder in his rehabilitation program at UCSD. “When you jump, jog, and twist on this [jumping] device, you can exercise for hours without getting tired. It’s great practice for skiing, it improves your tennis stroke, and it’s a good way to burn off calories and lose weight,” says White. (source)

Benefits of Rebounding

  • Boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function

  • Great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass

  • Helps improve digestion

  • More than twice as effective as running without the extra stress on the ankles and knees

  • Increases endurance on a cellular level by stimulating mitochondrial production (these are responsible for cell energy)

  • Helps improve balance by stimulating the vestibule in the middle ear

  • Helps improve the effects of other exercise- one study found that those who rebounded for 30 seconds between weight lifting sets saw 25% more improvement after 12 weeks than those who did not.

  • Rebounding helps circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy.

  • Rebounding in a whole body exercise that improves muscle tone throughout the body.

  • Some sources claim that the unique motion of rebounding can also help support the thyroid and adrenals.

  • Rebounding is fun!

 

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