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SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER, 2007 | RSS Feed

Rebounding Exercises

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When we were kids, we used to jump up and down the bed, sofa, and anything we can imagine. Kids love bouncing, and it's a great workout. With advancement in technology, we have the things called trampolines and inflatable bouncers that will allow kids to bounce without breaking things around the house. Excercising on a mini trampoline will bring back your childhood memories. The bouncing exercise, also called rebounding, is gentle on the joints and gives you a good body workout. Trampolines are a fun way to workout.

Bouncing on a mini trampoline is called rebounding. Unlike regular trampolining, the aim isn't to bounce high or perform gymnastic tricks. Rebounding is a series of small, controlled bouncing movements on a mini trampoline.

If you haven't bounced in a while, it will take you some time to get used to bouncing on a mini trampoline. Be sure to wear something comfortable and non-sliping shoes. Start out with warm-ups (health bouncing), and rebound at a slow-to-moderate pace for a few days until you get used to the mini trampoline and trampoline exercises. Also, limit yourself to a few minutes of exercises at a time to allow your body to get used to trampoline exercise.

There are several types of trampoline exercises: aerobic and jassercise to name a couple. Doing aerobics on trampoline will not only give the benefits of solid aerobic exercise but also offer you fun while exercising. Another form of trampoline exercise is combining different types of workouts such as jazzercise. Dancing on a trampoline was once popular and still very widely practices trampoline exercise. You may also try stiff and hard-core workouts on a mini trampoline. This form of trampoline exercise involves a series of different jump heights, movements of different body parts and twists and turns of the body while constantly keeping a steady jump on a trampoline. You may also apply different jump patterns (i.e. health bounce, aerobic hop, and power/advanced jump) to obtain workout on different body parts. Health bouncing is a warm up jumps that cat be used to warm up your body before main trampoline exercise begins, and also used to cool down from power jumps. The aerobic hop is a mid-strength jumps that will get you ready for hard-core exercise. The power jumps are more strenuous workouts that are used in strength training and mulscle building.

Listed below are a few rebounding exercises that you can try at home.

  • Health Bouncing: Basic walk on a trampoline is a good warm-up and cool-down exercises. Stand in the center of the mini trampoline with feet slightly appart. This is a basic starting stance for all rebounding exercises. From basic starting stance, lift your hills alternately and do not lift your toes off the trampoline. Swing your arms as if you're walking.
  • Aerobic Hop: Basic bounce and basic jog are two forms of exercise that are fun and raise your heart rate. (Basic bounce) From basic starting stance, lightly bounce without lifting your feet off the trampoline. If necessary, use a balance bar or wall to help balance yourself. As you're more comfortable with bouncing, lift your feet off the trampoline and slowly increase the height as you feel more comfortable. (Basic Jog) From basic starting stance, lift each foot an inch or two off the trampoline alternately. Swing your arms as if you're jogging.
  • Advanced Bouncing: (Heel-Toe bounce) From basic starting stance, bring your feet close together. While bouncing, bring your left foot forward and touch your heel to the surface and raise your left arm up in front of you. Repeat this for the right foot. (Jumping Jack Bounce) From basic starting stance, bounce up, spread your feet apart and bring your hands over your head -- much like jumping jack on the hard surface. To make exercise more challenging, go faster and bounce higher.





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