Rebounding is a low impact exercise and is gentler in the joints than most other exercises. Today, we are going to show you the benefits of rebounding for seniors according to science.
We must know that even when remaining physically active, older adults start losing bone, brain, and muscle mass with age, leading to multiple risks and health issues. Elders need cardio and strength training to keep the body healthy so why not start taking action?.
Falls become a bigger and costly danger as well. In fact, according to the CDC, every second in the US, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. It is a fact that your body changes and becomes less responsive.
Let’s explore the benefits, shall we?
Benefits of Rebounding for Seniors
1. You Can do Gentle Exercises Without Stressing Your Joints
Rebounding is a low impact exercise. A recent study has confirmed its effectiveness and when comparing it with jogging it doubles the effect.
Rebounding is considered ideal for everyone, no matter the age and is especially effective for the elderly and people with knee or joint ailments because (quality) rebounders or mini trampolines are gentle on all the joints.
Seniors that struggle with pain, joint stiffness, or other age-related symptoms then walking is a fantastic form of exercise, but if pounding the pavement makes your knees begging for mercy, you will enjoy rebounding more.
2. Boosts Your Longevity
Multiple organizations are putting a concerted effort to get the elderly out of their chairs and exercise more for quality and prolonged life. Rebounding slows the aging process and reduces the risk of many causes of death such as cardiovascular mortality risk, stroke, diabetes, and even dementia.
Science sustains that regular jogging increases the life expectancy of men by 6.2 years and women by 5.6 years. Jogging on a rebounder is way better.
Gentle rebounding, done correctly, is a secure and effective exercise to do your cardio routine without a jarring impact on your joints. In fact, with rebounding, you might feel younger than ever!
3. Lowers Blood Pressure
Jogging routines strengthens the heart but when doing it on a rebounder it doubles its effectiveness. A strong heart makes your blood flow with less effort and as a result, it lowers your blood pressure.
As stated by the American Heart Association, 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise like jogging on a rebounder improves the overall health of our senior citizens.
4. Strengthens Your Muscles and Bones
Bones gradually lose minerals, soften, and shrink making them fragile and susceptible to fractures. As we age, low-impact exercise is key for the health of our bones, especially, if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
A 2019 study has in fact proven that Mini trampoline exercise does not only increase bone density but also prevents the risk of falling by improving balance and functional mobility.
Experts have been calling rebounding “The Best Exercises for Healthy Bones.” the New York Times, November 11, 2009.
5. Improve Your Coordination and Balance
When we’re young, we don’t really worry about falling but when time passes, things change. The body becomes less responsive. One of the greatest benefits of rebounding is that it improves coordination and balance.
A 2011 study found that bouncing on a mini-trampoline increased the ability of seniors to recover their balance while falling forward. The benefit doesn’t only manifest while bouncing on a mat but also getting up and down off the rebounder unit itself. It forces multiple muscles in the thighs, back, and legs to all work together to maintain a steady, vertical position.
You will agree that it’s better to start improving your balance early and NOT waiting until a fall occurs.
6. Boosts Brain Function
Many physicians have learned that exercise can make the elderly feel more alive and less tense. Fatigue, one of the most universal signs of aging, is usually just the body’s response to disuse.’ Dr. Walker in his book ”Jumping for Health”.
This makes so much sense. Think about what happens to your body after spending a week laid down in bed, the body Immediately will start to adapt. Your muscles, heart, lungs, and circulation become sluggish and lazy.
Unlike many other sophisticated machines, the human body improves with use. So, for an investment in your future well being, find some time to exercise regularly, rebounding is a fun one.
7. Reduces the Risk of Developing Dementia.
One of the best things older people can do to reduce the risk of developing dementia is doing aerobic exercises that accelerate your heart rate. According to the Alzheimer Society, regular exercise as rebounding can significantly reduce the risk of developing dementia by about 30 percent.
We all have memories jumping on recreational trampolines and often also accompanied by music. Those two aspects together can reactivate areas of the brain associated with memory and emotions. According to Harvard medical school, “listening to and performing music can reactivate areas of the brain relative with memory.”
8. Improves posture and Independence
Rebounding is also more beginner-friendly and less expensive than other cardio equipment. All you need to do is start moving your body up and down or walk in place to get started. Independence is a state that no one wants to lose and rebounding on a regular basis (10 minutes a day) could help you retain that.
As the body ages, it is common to develop curvature on the spine. This exercise has been shown to help maintain proper body alignment and a strong posture because of the effort of doing such a movement.
9. Activate the Lymphatic System to Naturally Detox the Body
A well-known benefit of rebounding is the stimulation of your lymphatic system which is responsible for our overall immune health. I always like to clarify that to get this benefit people must consume proper amounts of water. On the contrary, you are just moving toxins, fat, and heavy metals around your body.
The most apparent way to check the lymphatics is merely looking in the mirror for drooping eyelids, flaking skin, bad breath, or body odor. You can often see breaking nails, stooped posture, or crooked spine. According to Dr. Morton, all the above symptoms are declarations of a lymphatic circulation filled with toxicity and poor nutrition.
When your lymphatic system is not draining properly, your body becomes vulnerable to a wide variety of illnesses ranging from impaired immune responses to infections or even cancer.
10. Boost Your Energy and Happiness
Sleep and relaxation are our main ways of unwinding and rebounding as an aerobic activity can effectively bring remarkable changes to your body, and your spirits.
This exercise compounds several mood-elevating elements such as bringing jumping memories from your younger days as well as generating serotonin, the hormone that makes you feel happy.
Rebounding has a unique capacity to relax and to give you a sense of calm. It reduces the risk of depression and dissipates stress.
After so many testimonies including my personal experience, I cannot stop recommending people to rebound to feel awesome all around.
How to Get Started
When we talk about that rebounding for seniors is a quality matter, getting a cheap rebounder can end up breaking and even leading to injury.
Be sure to purchase a rebounder that offers a secure and gentle bounce. There are many types of rebounders. Make sure you choose an adult model with no more than a 40” frame. In our experience, bigger sized rebounders do not provide enough support in the middle. You want a safe and stable bounce.
Permatron mat is a fabric used in most quality rebounders because it doesn’t stretch or rip with use.
Depending on brand, rebounding unit can support between 200 pounds and 600 pounds.
Many top-quality rebounders offer the stabilizer bar. This is an optional accessory but many beginners and especially seniors will find it necessary to get. The bar will help your balance when doing more advanced workouts.
Many rebounders also have legs and/or frame that folds for easy storage. This is a handy feature for storage or if you want to be able to travel with it.
Springs vs Bungee Cords Rebounders Which one is Better
I prefer springs over a bungee cords rebounder because they are easier to control and last longer. Generally, bungees rebounder allows a higher bounce but there is a difference. With recreational trampolines, you want to jump higher but with a fitness trampoline (rebounder), you want to bounce deep and down.
Springs last longer time and don’t leave little pieces around the house when start losing tension with use – but bungee cords may do it.
- Top Quality – Dave Hall’s Cellerciser Rebounder. See our Full Review Here…
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Doing a rebounding workout for at least 10 minutes a day will start improving your overall health. It will boost blood circulation, strengthen the muscles and bones, lower blood pressure and also will help transport oxygen to your blood cells so your body can feel invigorated like in your glory days.
So, why not invest in yourself and start rebounding for a healthy life?
Now is your turn, have you used a rebounder? If so, how has been your experience? Have you used any other exercise equipment? Tell us your experience so we all grow together. And, if you have any question or concern about rebounding or home workout, please do so in the comment area.
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