Rebounders & Mini-Trampolines
Stamina 38 inch 4-Way Folding Mini TrampolineIf there's one piece of fitness equipment that's as fun as it is effective, it's the rebounder. These mini-trampolines take you back to being a kid as you bounce your way to improved physical health. If you're a reluctant exerciser, the rebounder may just be the tool to help you stick with your fitness goals.
Jumping up and down on the rebounder works more of your body than you might think. Beyond cardiovascular benefits, it also improves muscle tone, balance, coordination, strength and endurance. The G-force aids the workout in that you weigh 2-3 times your body weight at the bottom of the bounce and on the way up you go through a period of weightlessness. This combination of body weight, gravity, thrust and inertia makes for a unique workout - one that NASA uses to rehabilitate astronauts when they return from orbit.
Another interesting benefit is the rebounder's impact on lymphatic circulation. The vertical bouncing motion opens and closes the millions of one-way valves in the lymphatic system assisting the drainage process and leading to improved immune function.
Because of the inherent shock-absorbing features of the mini-trampoline, this low-impact exercise is easy on the joints and can therefore be enjoyed by anyone from athletes to seniors, children and rehabilitation patients.
Rebounders sell for $30 to $300 and, as with anything, you get what you pay for. These mini-trampolines take a beating as you bounce, so you want to make sure your model is made of quality materials.
Look for strong, non-pinching hinges, a durable mat and highly resilient springs. A stabilizing hand-bar is a nice feature that enhances safety and the range of exercises that can be performed. Some models can be angled for an increased challenge and some fold in half for convenient storage.
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