If you're anything like me, you know the importance of exercise, but still hate doing it. What's an informed-yet-lazy geek to do?
I recently learned about rebounding. I don't mean your boyfriend just broke up with you and now you're about to enter into an inappropriate relationship. Not that kind of rebounding. I'm referring to jumping on one of those fitness mini-trampolines.
Wait, don't roll your eyes yet! Let's talk about all the ways rebounding is so great, then you can judge.
Gets Your Lymph Moving
You remember the lymph system? Exercise in general will get those fluids moving, but the up-down movement of jumping is one of the most effective methods of all.
Increases Bone Density
NASA wanted to find a way to help astronauts regain the bone density they lost in space. (Moving around in space is so effortless that the body start losing bone mass.) They found that jumping on a trampoline was 68% more effective than running.
I've read user reviews on various trampolines saying they had back surgery or joint problems and found rebounding to be a very comfortable exercise for them to do. Unlike jumping on the ground, jumping on a rebounder cushions the landing like a set of good shocks.
Okay, "fun" might be a stretch when we're talking about exercise. Especially if you're lazy like me. Exercise just isn't fun unless you like sports or something. BUT there is a certain fun factor that comes in when your flying up and down on a trampoline. It kind of reminds you of when you were a kid and jumped around just for fun. The brief feelings of weightlessness are kind incomparable to other onerous exercises.
Little Effort Required
The rebounder does a lot of the work for you, but you still get sweaty and your heart pumps faster. You get all the benefits of exercising with a fraction of the effort required in other forms of exercise.
With all the great things rebounding does for you, and with so little effort, it seems like the most efficient exercise for the lazy. I'm going to get a rebounder! I'll follow up with how that goes...