Bounce to Stress Less

 In Barre

Renew yourself with rebounding

Reaching peak physical condition isn’t about pushing yourself, it’s about giving your body everything it needs to get there. And that includes time to rest and renew. Of course, sleep and relaxation are our main ways of unwinding, but some types of aerobic activity can also be extremely effective – like an easy, low-impact, low-stress session on the rebounder.

Take it from the Harvard Medical School, which reports, “Regular aerobic exercise will bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart and your spirits. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.”

EASING INTO YOUR WORKOUT

Warm-up

The human body isn’t designed to go from zero to sixty in seconds. As every professional athlete knows, it needs to be primed. A gentle warm-up on a rebounder will get your blood flowing and prep your body for exercise. It not only loosens muscles, joints and cartilage but also lubricates your discs and vertebrae – allowing your body to react better to the challenges ahead.

EASING OUT OF YOUR WORKOUT

Cool down

When you’re done, you’re done, right? Not quite. A good cool down is important. Exercise increases your body’s demand for oxygen, sugars and nutrients, and afterward it needs time to relax, strengthen and rebuild. Just as the American Heart Association warns, ending your workout abruptly can not only cause muscles to cramp, but it puts a strain on your heart and cardiovascular system, which can be dangerous.

A few minutes of easy bouncing will transition your body into a refreshed and relaxed state and help your metabolism to normalize before you return to daily activities. And since bouncing on the rebounder is a very low-impact exercise, a gentle cool-down provides your muscles and joints with a soothing massage that will keep them loose and lubricated.

A workout is only as good as your cooldown. Let your rebounding help you recover and rebuild so you can do it all over again.

UNWIND AFTER WORK

And put the bounce back in your step

Coming home after a hard day at work can feel as draining as returning from another planet. As it happens, NASA scientists found a remedy – one that works just as well for weary, stressed-out earthlings as it does for astronauts – a bounce on a trampoline.

A few minutes on the rebounder will make you feel far more at home. It increases blood flow to underused muscles, loosens overused ones and triggers the release of endorphins, your brain’s natural stress-reducer. Even just shifting your focus to a physical task like rebounding, tension melts away and your head soon feels clearer.

Warm up, cool down, or just give yourself a chance to relax with the rebounder.

MICRO-RELAXATION

Weighty benefits from zero gravity

There’s a little relaxation is in every bounce on the rebounder.

That’s because at the peak of every bounce on the rebounder there’s a moment of weightlessness – which may not last very long, but your body appreciates it. It allows your vertebrae relax, expand and reabsorb fluid – all in the blink of any eye. It also activates the valves of your lymphatic system, preventing backflow and speeding the process of removing impurities like dead cells, toxins and bacteria from your body.

The lymphatic system is responsible for a number of interrelated functions:

  • Removes interstitial fluid from tissues
  • Absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats from the digestive system
  • Transports white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes and bones
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