Bounce for Weight Loss

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Many of us probably played on a trampoline in the back yard when we were kids. Playing on a trampoline can be a lot of fun (if done safely). But did you know that bouncing on a trampoline can actually help you get fitter and lose weight? Bouncing on a trampoline is a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise that improves bone health and burns fat.You don’t need one of those giant trampolines that take up most of the back yard to bounce your way to fitness. A mini-trampoline, also called a rebounder, can help you get fit while having fun. 

The basic bounce is simply standing in the middle of the mini-trampoline and bouncing. It’s a good workout for your back, legs, spine joints and abdominal muscles. Stand in the middle of the trampoline with your feet slightly apart. Bend your knees and then straighten you legs quickly to begin the bouncing. You don’t have to bounce high, just a few inches off the surface will do. Bounce steadily for about 20 minutes or until you are sweating.
Once you have mastered the basic bounce, it’s time to try some fancy footwork. “Walk” in the middle of the trampoline by standing with your feet a few inches apart and then lift your left heel. As you lower your left heel, lift your right heel. Get your rhythm and work up to a brisk “walk.” Jog in place in the middle of the trampoline by lifting your entire foot about an inch off the surface of the trampoline on the upward bounce. Alternate feet and jog off the excess fat while working your muscles.


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