Reset the baseline of personal fitness
For a gentle way to get things rolling again — in a sustainable fitness routine that gets you moving without exerting the pressure on joints that can come from running or other sports/activities: take a serious look at rebounding.
Rebounders have been around for many decades now, and there is scientific research supporting the benefits — from the oft-cited 1980 study: “Body Acceleration Distribution and O2 Uptake in Humans during Running and Jumping” to a more recent 2018 study: “The Effect of Several Weeks of Training with Mini-Trampolines on Jump Performance, Trunk Strength and Endurance Performance”.
When speaking to people who regularly use rebounders (i.e., ≥ 3 sessions per week for at least 15-20 minutes per session), the recurring theme is that the experience is effective and gentle on the body. It can also be modified into a more rigorous workout with longer sessions, aerobic exercise, and weights.
Sometimes referred to as “mini-trampolines”, rebounders come in a wide range of price and quality. After doing our research, we chose a Bellicon rebounder. Made in Germany, the equipment is durable and attractive with a high-quality of materials and construction. Though pricey, the equipment allows us to focus on fitness at home rather than at a gym, and that makes it economical and sustainable.✪
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