Rebounding: When Goldie Hawn launched herself onto Instagram last year she did so on a rebounder – showcasing her amazing figure and revealing her fitness weapon to the world. As she bounced up and down on the bungee-style mini trampoline, waving her arms in the air, she inspired us all by not only looking fantastic, but by showing how much fun a bit of later-life bouncing can be!
Goldie, 71, is definitely doing something right when it comes to keeping in fabulous shape and staying full of health, vitality and energy into her seventh decade. And it turns out Kate Hudson’s mum isn’t alone in her love for trampolining. A host of stars from Madonna to Gwyneth Paltrow are also big fans of rebounding, which has the benefit of being something you can do at home, in front of the TV or while listening to music – such an easy thing to fit into your day.
Tracy Anderson, personal trainer to so many stars we’ve almost lost count (Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller, J-Lo and Kim Kardashian to name a few), is also a big fan – recommending a 30-minute bounce 5 times a week. It “promotes weight loss, increases oxygen flow and bone mass, improves muscle and skin tone, and promotes a balanced workout,” she says.
And one of the greatest things about trampolining, or rebounding as it’s known when done on a small mini-trampette, is that it’s not only fab for fitness, it also keeps you healthy. The constant up-down motion is fabulous for your lymphatic system (the network of vessels and organs that cleans up your biological system, collecting up bacteria, viruses and waste and attacking harmful organisms).
Unlike blood, which is pumped around your body by your heart, your lymph system relies on movement to get the all-important lymph fluid flowing and keep your immune system functioning well. Bouncing on a trampoline gives this process a helping hand – leaving you not only fitter, but healthier too.
Dave Scrivens, a Canadian lymphologist and co-author of The Importance of Mobilizing the Lymphatic System, explains that rebounding is “reported to increase lymph flow by 15 to 30 times”.
And one more big bonus of rebounding is that it’s great training for the pelvic floor. Almost a third of women have issues with continence as they get older – often due to the rigours of carrying a baby and childbirth. Rebounding can be a great tool in the rebuilding of those all-important muscles and ligaments that support the organs in the pelvis, keeping everything tight and exactly where it should be.
If your pelvic floor is problematic, it’s best to opt for the soft bounce of a bungee string rebounder, such as the Bellicon. As Harley Street pelvic floor expert Jenni Russell explains, “Running, or bouncing on a normal trampette is very jarring, but a bungee trampoline has a lot of give, which means you have to activate your muscles to bounce back up again.
“It works your pelvic floor and all the muscles around like the ones in your buttocks and your abdominals which are really important too. By recruiting more fast twitch fibres you build up strength quickly. It’s a bit like running in mud rather than running on a road,” she says.
But while the health benefits are great, and the results plain to see in celebrity fans like Goldie, the best thing about rebounding is that it’s seriously fun! Whether you’re a mum who’s just got back from the school run, a business woman with 10 minutes to spare before work in the morning or a grandmother with a packed schedule, there’s nothing better than having an excuse to feel like a little kid again. And a bit of bouncing to your favourite music will fill you with more joy than any trip to the gym – we can guarantee you that!
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