30 Days on the Rebound(er): Jumping on the Mini-trampoline

I sort of decided to try something new for 30 days related to exercise.  I say “sort of” because, like all ENFPs, I am easily bored with daily routines, but then since discipline itself is novel to me, this new task holds my attention – for now. (Take the Myers Briggs-type personality test here.)

My chosen exercise is jumping on the mini-trampoline, called a rebounder.  I chose it for several reasons, foremost of which is, because I’m a health blogger, I got a Fitness Trampoline™ by JumpSport® for free.  My mini-trampoline is about 3-feet wide and 1-foot tall, and in my postage stamp of a Brooklyn apartment, it serves as a coffee table, ottoman and airy bed for visiting dogs. And since it’s here to stay, I decided to use it to get more fit.

What’s Not to Like?

Today is day five out of seven. (I can’t do it while my downstairs neighbor is home on the weekends.) I do 20 minutes of cardio, soon to be 30, and that’s enough because I do Pilates and walk everywhere, not owning a car. I use JumpSport’s video tape staring Kathy Jo Burgett, a trainer of a certain age (hooray!)  We bounce, jog in place, twist, and do jumping jacks and side-to-side things; it raises my heart rate, but not excessively, without hurting my joints. Unlike running or stair climbing, the soft trampoline does not have traumatic impact on my muscles, tissues and joints, but it does maintain my bone density by working against gravity. The action also improves my spatial awareness, coordination and balance, which makes it perfect for a potentially fall-prone boomer like me. My pesky IT band problem seems to be better too – no proof of cause-and-effect – but at least it’s not worse.

Lymph Notes

All over the Internet, articles say that the mini-trampoline is great for the lymphatic system, but I could not find supporting research – which doesn’t make it untrue. Lymph is a fluid, collected from the tissues, that contains lots of white blood cells that destroy bacteria and, as they say, “toxins, wastes and cancer cells.” (Roll out the skull and crossbones.) I think the mini-trampoline helps the lymph system as much as any exercise that involves gravity and muscle contraction. Still, it’s fun to say the word “lymph” and to think about its mysteries.

Safety

Because any trampoline presents a hazard for serious injury, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement about trampolines. Use a trampoline at your own risk.

Your thoughts: Is trampoline jumping for you? 

See Jumping on the Mini-trampoline, 30 Days Later

23 thoughts on “30 Days on the Rebound(er): Jumping on the Mini-trampoline

  1. We were planning on getting a trampoline a few years ago until I contacted my Insurance Agent (advised by a co-worker) and found out that my plan doesn’t cover trampolines. So, if anyone got hurt while on the trampoline my husband and I would be financially responsible. I don’t know if that is common with insurance companies but it was with ours and we didn’t want to take that risk. Something you may want to check on if you plan on having other children play on the trampoline.
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  7. I have a rebounder trampoline. I have been unable to use it do to a hip injury. I would like to start back into a routine, but I am unable to find a program showing how much time or days to be a benefit. Or I guess you could call it…. How long everyday or how many times a day for what amount of time will be a benefit

    • Hi Marci,
      Thanks for writing! There are some training programs for the mini-trampoline on You Tube. None are adapted for your injury but, as in all things, easy does it. Maybe three times a week at 10 minutes each for week one and increase slowly in five minute intervals. Do you qualify for PT?
      Mary

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting. See what happened after 30 days here: Jumping on the Mini-trampoline, 30 Days Later http://bit.ly/wxDTe0
      I really do believe that the mini-trampoline is perfect for boomers like me and anyone with joint problems. I recommend it highly – but then, you have to do it. I still struggle with consistency.

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