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Rebounding/mini trampolines!

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I have been on an up and down journey to better health basically since I first started college and gained the freshman 15+. I sometimes go a couple of months on a really healthy eating and exercise schedule, but I inevitably go back to being lazy. I'm still working on consistently eating healthy, but I feel like that is getting better thanks to incorporating more green smoothies into my diet. But what I want to talk about is rebounding! I think I finally found an exercise that I will stick to, because it's actually fun!

Throughout my entire childhood, I loved trampolines, and every year I would ask for a giant trampoline for Christmas and my birthday. And every year I was disappointed.. Anyway, I kind of forgot all about it until I was googling random stuff and I decided to look up mini trampoline workouts.

I bought a cheap mini trampoline on sale as my local Big 5, and I would not recommend doing that. It was not as fun as I was envisioning and it kind of jarred my back. I decided to invest in a Jumpsport (got it at costco for about $250) and I feel like it is the best decision I have ever made. I look forward to jumping on it every day. I jump while I watch TV, while I'm waiting for my water to boil, or whenever. I feel like I'm losing some of the extra flab and I have more energy. I also have read that there are a ton of health benefits (apparently it's the best exercise for stimulating your lymphatic system, and it's a weight bearing exercise so it builds up bone mass without stress on the joints).

Has anyone else thought about rebounding or is anyone thinking about it now? I feel like it's not too well known, but it is something that everyone should know about! I also feel like one of those salespeople trying desperately to sell you the latest gadget, but I'm not. I'm just really excited about this and wanted to share my excitement :)

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It sounds like fun!

I'm glad you found something fun. I imagine a few minutes of jumping lowers your blood sugar so you burn fat.

I'm older and haven't jumped on a trampoline in decades, but think it could be just what will help some people have fun and improve health.

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What about those platforms you stand on and it vibrates you from head to toes? I kind of like the idea of standing still and losing weight!

Were it not for the expense, I'd give it a go and see how it does! :singing:

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Yes, and I am older. I am just getting back to using my mini. When I first used it, It was scary. I quickly realized I had lost my balance. And I could not last but a couple of jumps. Now, i have regained alot of my balance on it. I don't jump like I thought I would. In stead I use it for walking type exercises and some jumping, but not much. My work out is something that I slowly worked up to doing. Since I had it in a spot that I walked by offten, I would just it for a few minutes to work muscles I wouldn't normally use. I could tell, cause I can feel it right away.

I might not use it like a twenty year old, but it's working out nice for me.

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What about those platforms you stand on and it vibrates you from head to toes? I kind of like the idea of standing still and losing weight!

Were it not for the expense, I'd give it a go and see how it does! :singing:

The office I used to work at had 3 different versions of these vibrational therapy machines. Some people that used them, swore by them. I tried them just to see how they felt. You know that burning sensation you get in your thighs & butt when working out? You get that sensation within a few minutes of standing on one of those. By changing your posture, stance, or the degree of bend in your knees, you can change where you feel the most impact. You literally can feel the fat shaking on your body; kind of a weird sensation!

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I went in to the "As Seen On TV" store and stood on one of those vibrating platforms, just to see what it was like. Of course, I had it set only on "5", which is extremely low. The saleslady said that starting out it would be set on the low #'s, to work you way up to between 20-30, which was when you really started losing weight. She said 10 minutes 3x/d was all you needed to do. There are 4 or 5 ways you can stand/sit on it depending on what part of the body you are working on....And don't even think about starting it out at 20-30 because it would make your muscles sore, just as if you went to the gym and did a really intense workout without being in shape. Of course,the saleslady may well have been giving me the old pitch+sell when she said she had lost 30 lbs herself, using it. Would've been less inclined to disbelieve her if she had a 'before' photo, y'know?

Anyway, it's interesting. But I am not interested enough to go spend $900 - $2,500 on one!

(The display one I stood on was $889)

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After seeing this post a few days ago, I checked out Amazon & there are quite a few machines available for $200-300. Some have some pretty good reviews.

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Just found my way back to this thread, completely forgot about it. Those vibrating things sound interesting! The jumping is still keeping me happy, I love it. Occasionally I catch my roommates jumping on it too, haha.

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