Last Modified on Apr 19, 2014
Rebounding is a fun and effective remedy for multiple ailments. It's one of our favorite health activities at home because it's one of the best remedies for the immune system! Aside from the simple benefit of getting your body moving and burning calories, rebounding also offers a number of very specific health benefits.
What Is Rebounding?
Very simply, rebounding is just jumping or bouncing on a trampoline. However, unlike most trampoline bouncing, the goal of rebounding is not to jump high or to perform a number of intricate gymnastic tricks. Rather, the goal in rebounding is to perform a series of specific small, controlled movements that improve health.
The series typically involves three basic exercises in conjunction with a number of variations on the basics. The three basic moves are the health bounce, the strength bounce, and aerobic bouncing. The health bounce involves gently bouncing up and down leaving the feet intact with the trampoline mat. The strength bounce focuses on jumping as high as you (safely) can and strengthens the primary and stabilizer muscles throughout the body. Aerobic bouncing involves jumping jacks, running in place, bouncing on one foot, dancing, twisting, and completing any variety of other crazy maneuvers you can think of to increase your heart rate and make you sweat.
What Are the Health Benefits of Rebounding?
Aside from the simple benefit of getting your body moving and burning calories, rebounding also offers a number of specific health benefits. The list below includes the 7 things you can do for your body by beginning a rebounding regimen.
1. Increase Lymphatic Flow
Rebounding increases lymphatic circulation better than any other exercise. Lymphatic fluid is responsible for immune function, so stimulating this flow has the effect of boosting white blood cells that eliminate bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and cancer cells.
2. Detoxify the Body
In conjunction with stimulating lymphatic flow, rebounding also initiates detoxification of the body. The process stimulates a pumping action in the body that draws waste out of the cells and pushes oxygen and nutrition in.
3. Increase Cardiovascular Health
Rebounding gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing, which safely improves cardiovascular health.
4. Improve Cell Health
Rebounding is a cellular exercise that helps strengthen the cells of the organs, glands, and tissues.
5. Boost Metabolism
Regular exercise has the effect of increasing metabolism and burning additional calories to support weight control.
6. Improve Digestion
The constant push and pull of rebounding enhances the digestive process and helps in the elimination of cellular waste.
7. Reduce Body Fat
The muscle sculpting practice of rebounding helps eliminate fat and build muscle (and who doesn’t want that).
What's the Cost of a Rebounder?
Rebounders are sold all over the internet and in most sporting goods stores. Amazon.com also sells them starting around $35. You can also check out Craigs List and Ebay for used rebounders in your area.
Whether you are currently following an exercise regimen or not, get a trampoline and start bouncing. Let us know how this simple exercise changes your life and transforms your health! Keep reading below for feedback from Earth Clinic contributors who have tried rebounding for various medical ailments. Tried it? Let us know what you think!
[YEA] 02/05/2013: Tanya from Townsville, Queensland, Australia: "My bladder weakness and slight prolapse is improved with rebounding on a mini trampoline. I do kegel pelvic floor exercises, albeit inconsistently, however rebounding 7 mins twice daily (I started at 2 mins and build by 1 daily) has given me the best result. After 1 week I have already noticed that leakage on jumping is almost nonexistent."
06/20/2008: TAN KOON PENG from SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE: "Rebounding on the mini-trampoline is the best exercise for Cancer patients. This exercise is gentle and every bounce is pulling toxins from your cells and strengthening your immune system!"
[YEA] 01/21/2011: Mel from Los Angeles, Ca: "Rebounding on a mini trapoline and dry skin brushing with a natural bristle body brush before showering has significantly reduced my cellulite. By dry brushing and rebounding, the toxins that are build up are broken down and the lympathic system is cleaned out hence the elimination of cellulite. Must do for at least two weeks to see results. Good Luck!"
03/10/2012: Linda from San Francisco, Ca, USA: "For the record, anyone reading this who wishes they could use one of those rebounder trampolines, yet can't because they have trouble with their feet hurting too badly from it or toes/calves cramping up:
I use a large inflatable exercise ball (75cm in diameter, comes *with* the pump to pump it up, about $15. -$17. USD from the fitness department at Walmart. They come in all different sizes, so even extra-short or extra-tall folks will be able to find the size that works for them.
Ebay (and maybe Walmart too) also has ruggedized burst-proof balls that can take 600 lbs of bounce-weight, so weight doesn't have to be an issue for this. Some balls are sand-weighted, so they won't go rolling merrily away from you when the time comes to corral them in a corner of the room.
I can sit on it and bounce, it doesn't cramp my calves or hurt my toes and feet, it's great. It's even more fun than jumping on a bed used to be :-). Also- One good strong bounce and it helps you stand up too, when you are ready to get off the ball and stop bouncing :-). You can put on some good music and "dance" :-) your upper body as well.
I have read that lots of folks use those vibrating platforms too, and apparently they work well, from what I have read. There's always a way to do what you have to do. Rocking chairs, while not a direct substitute, are not half bad either for helping your lymph system to keep moving. Or a vibrating recliner, if you have access to one.
All are ways to substitute for forced inactivity, or an inability to work out or walk. These are not exact and direct substitutes, but all good ideas- for somebody out there :-).
06/06/2011: Mary from Ny, Ny: "Ted, Please help! Does rebounding (trampoline) excercise really get rid of Toxins in your body? See Claim below.
One of rebounding's special benefits is its ability to improve flow in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids the body of toxins, fatigue substances, dead cells, cancer cells, nitrogenous wastes, trapped protein, fatty globules, pathogenic bacteria, infectious viruses, foreign substances, heavy metals, and other assorted junk the cells cast off."Replies
[YEA] 06/06/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa USA replies: "YES -! The lymph glands have one way valves. They do not empty of their own accord unless you are MOVING. Jumping on a mini trampoline (aka rebounder) is the most effective way to get the toxins out! I bought a cheap rebounder ($30-$35 dollars delivered from Wally Mart online) and I used it for about a month or so until I knew it was something I wanted to do - and then I bought an expensive "springless" model with the bungee cords instead of those noisy springs. The expensive "soft jump" model was worth every penny! I couldn't believe I actually liked the cheap one after I bounced on my new one. Hey, what you don't know.... ;-) If your knees and joints are an issue, you NEED the more expensive model, just be sure it is something you will do, and not just sit there collecting dust and making you feel guilty. Ha ha. Oh, and start off S-L-O-W. I started off at 3 mins... And was exhausted! Thought there was no way I would ever be able to jump long enough for it to have a health benefit. Well, adding a minute here and there I am now up to 20 mins at a time. I am working my way up to 30 mins a day, and will be very happy with that. It is AWESOME exercise, and SO much easier on the body than running. No pounding on a hard surface = NO pain! No, I do not work for any rebounding companies. ;)"
[YEA] 06/06/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Carly, you sure don't work for a rebound company because I don't work either and my story is the same as you. What a difference do the more expensive trampolines make.... Like you I can't imagine I ever used the other one! Great fun though..... I have a couple of CD's but nowadays I just exercise to some nice music. Like you first I was awfully tired but now I am ok, I have been doing it on and off for maybe three years."
06/06/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa Usa replies: "Hi Francisca - we have a lot in common I think! Lol. I have yet to put on the cd that came with my "new" rebounder. I usually just watch a favorite tv show while I jump. I have been doing it less than a year, but hope that I will keep it up like you have! I do love it! :-) No longer get winded at all like in the beginning!"
06/06/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia: "Instead of rebounding Carly would those machines that you stand on and they vibrate have the same effect? Vibrate the toxins out? Would be less exhausting for you."Replies
06/06/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Debbie - My mom had one of those vibrating machines when I was a kid back in the 1960's. (if we are talking about the same thing). I would personally rather use the rebounder. The workout is exhilirating, and leaves me feeling energized now... It is actually a FUN workout. The machine my mom had never seemed to do a thing for her, except for leaving red welts where the strap went across her. It smelled like burning gear / motor oil too. I remember it well. lol."
02/07/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, France: "I am suprised not to find rebounding (or trampolining as we call it here in Europe), mentioned more often on this site. I discovered it a while ago when I was trying to diminish my myopia. Rebounding works for a lot of ailments and is a great way to exercise too. First I bought a cheap one in a sports shop and after that a more expensive one from my optometrist. I really prefer the second one and never use the first one anymore although the second one is many times more expensive. I would say that if you didn't try the better ones you will be perfectly happy with the cheaper version. I bought a great exercise DVD (a pity one can't name products here) and I really have great fun. Many times I just play some CD I like and do the moves I want. If the weather is good I do it outside on the terrace. I would really recommend this kind of exercise to anybody, young and old and if you have children this is also a great way to have fun and stay healthy and fit at the same time! The benefits of rebounding are huge, you can look them up on the Internet. I couldn't believe it that I had never heard of it other than as a play tool for children."Replies
09/12/2010: Gean from Salina, Ks replies: "Just wondering if anyone knows why a mini trampoline is better than say jumping up and down on the floor. The trampoline is probably better on the knees, but otherwise, wouldn't it have the same effect?"
09/13/2010: Kahili from Kilauea, Hawaii replies: "Hi Gean, It may have the same effect. However, the mini tramp does give you a lot more bounce and feels quite different than just jumping up and down, so I feel like you would be missing something if you just jumped with out the trampoline. Plus, like you said, it would be hard on the knees. I got my mini tramp for around $25 so it was worth it to me."
[YEA] 10/20/2012: Roger from Anon: "I love rebounding. I have gotten rid of excruciating intermittent pain in my feet by doing rebounding. I like it so much that I even rebound in the dark, lonely basement with no television. Even if I go out running I still like to do my rebounding, in the dark, lonely basement."Replies
10/20/2012: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Thanks, Roger!? Rebounding really is very effective, fun and easy to do. Those with health challenges can do gentle "health bounces" - your feet don't even leave the mat. There are quite a few good videos on YouTube - some have entire workouts. And look at how happy Tigger (Winne the Pooh) is from bouncing a lot! Cheers, Bess"
08/31/2012: Susan from New York: "Hi Ted, What is your experience with Rebounding on Trampoline? Is that suppose to be good for lymph system? Flushing the lymph while stimulating the immune system and defending against cancer and other ailments."Replies
[YEA] 08/31/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Susan, I'm not Ted but I have had a rebounder for years. They are very instrumental in keeping the lymph system healthy. Even if you aren't super fit, you can do what they call the health bounce and that will be just as beneficial. I know for the rebounder that I ordered, you can even get an attachment which is a handle for those who are older or unsteady so you can gently bounce for the benefits. Hope this information helps. Lisa"
09/01/2012: Anonymosaurus Rex from Somewhere, Alone, Listening To Radiohead replies: "As an addition to Lisa's comment - jogging or skipping (or just jumping up and down on the spot) can also give you the similar benefits without the need for extra equipment.
If you are not in physical condition to do either of those, gently bouncing whilst sitting on a properly inflated exercise ball will help, and it will provide a good exercise to help get your muscles into better condition too."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 09/02/2011: Mary from Fresno, Ca: "I recently started using the trampoline everyday for about 5 minutes and love it. But, after several days I noticed that for about 3-4 days I had a sore throat and in the morning some congestion. It's gone away now. But, I got the feeling that maybe it was my lymph glands clearing out from the exercise. Has anybody else had this happen or know anything about it?"
[YEA] 04/19/2014: S. from Chicago, Usa: "I got a rebounder at Good Will for $5 a few years ago. I put it in the closet and forgot about it, but then brought it out recently and started using it because I felt congestion in my armpit lymphs and breast tenderness. I spend about 10 minutes a day on the rebounder bouncing and waving my arms up and down. (see youtube videos for how to do this). Definitely helping my issues. Also drinking more water throughout the day to flush the lymphs."
10/21/2012: Wayfun from Modesto, Ca/ USA: "I no longer live in the country, but when I had a lot of land, we had a super big trampoline outside, and those kids had the best years of their lives on that thing. But it is really hard to go back to a little bouncey after a really big one! I miss that ol' tramp. I used to lope the outside in slow circles, and loved it. --T."
[YEA] 05/12/2011: Roger from Colorado Springs, Colorado: "When I was 62 or 63, I used to get these intense pangs of pain that would last for about 10 seconds and then fade and then come back in 2 or 3 minutes. I would try to watch television, and it was INTENSE. Rebounding took it away. Rebounding does something wonderful. And when I am too tired to go to the gym, and I can at least rebound. I am 65 years old."
[NAY] 09/04/2011: Gingermegs from Sydney, Nsw Australia: "WARNING- I tried rebounding and it made me get a prolapse or at least made a slight one much worse. I googled this and several women and sites said rebounding can cause it.
I am going to be checked by a specialist and may need surgery. It is much more pronounced when I am tired. I have Sjogren's which makes me constipated. I used to be able to strenghthen my bladder with Kegels, but it is just getting worse as I get closer to 60."
12/11/2010: Marilyn from Oswego, Il: "Just found out I have vaginal prolapse. Wouldnt this make the organs fall more with the jumping like that?"
[YEA] 09/10/2010: Kahili from Kilauea, Hawaii: "I have had sore throat problems and tonsil stones for most of my life. Otherwise, I feel pretty healthy. I read that using a rebounder (mini trampoline) stimulated your thyroid and helped with this problem. I decided to give it a try and it worked. I have had no tonsil stones and very few sore throats for about two years. I stopped using the mini trampoline for about a month due to an unrelated injury and the tonsil stones came back. I will be back on the mini tramp as soon as possible. I jump about 10 minutes 3 or 4 times a week. I am also a runner so this is not my only form of exercise. I'm not sure of exactly why this works, but it works for me. Thank you. By the way, this is a great site."