Turns out that there are many benefits to trampoline (including NASA’s research showing that trampoline can be more than twice as effective as treadmill running).
The idea of trampoline has been around for a long time, but it gained popularity in the 1980s when NASA studied its benefits while trying to find an effective way to help astronauts recover and regain bone and muscle mass after being in space. Astronauts can lose as much as 15% of their bone and muscle mass from only 14 days at zero gravity, so NASA needed a way to help reverse this damage.
Many types of exercise are done to target specific muscles or just to increase cardiovascular function. Trampoline is unique since it uses the forces of acceleration and deceleration and can work on every cell in the body in a unique way.
When you bounce on a rebounder (mini-trampoline), several actions happen:
An acceleration action as you bounce upward
A split-second weightless pause at the top
A deceleration at an increased G-force
Impact to the rebounder
The action of trampoline makes use of the increased G-force from gravity based exercises like this and each cell in the body has to respond to the acceleration and deceleration. The up and down motion is beneficial for the lymphatic system since it runs in a vertical direction in the body.
here are the benefits of rebounding without all the science and sources:
Boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function
Great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass
Helps improve digestion
More than twice as effective as running without the extra stress on the ankles and knees
Increases endurance on a cellular level by stimulating mitochondrial production (these are responsible for cell energy)
Helps improve balance by stimulating the vestibule in the middle ear
Helps improve the effects of other exercise- one study found that those who rebounded for 30 seconds between weight lifting sets saw 25% more improvement after 12 weeks than those who did not.