Rebounding to Good Health

Written by Candice Pardue

An exercise that's often overlooked is one that can be fun forrepparttar whole family - and healthy! It's called rebounding and is performed using a rebounder (also known as a mini-trampoline).

Rebounding, an effective aerobic exercise and cardiovascular workout, is not only therapeutic, but burns calories as well. This exercise also increases strength, is good forrepparttar 135834 legs and joints, and is also known for improvingrepparttar 135835 digestion system and organ functions.

What isrepparttar 135836 Rebounder?

Developed 23 years ago by Al Carter, an exercise specialist,repparttar 135837 rebounder looks like a trampoline, only much smaller. It contains a round mat which is attached by thick springs to a stand. Duringrepparttar 135838 early 1980s, rebounding became a popular fad for working out. Rebounders were selling like hotcakes! Thoughrepparttar 135839 fad faded eventually, rebounders continue to spark interest inrepparttar 135840 media through new, innovative videos/DVDs being offered by fitness celebrities. Rebounders are still recommended for health improvement and fun exercise.

Combined Workouts to Helprepparttar 135841 Entire Body

Other exercises can be combined with rebounding workouts such as arm movements, jumping, twisting, etc. to maximizerepparttar 135842 effects ofrepparttar 135843 routine. Simply bouncing a few minutes a day can have a positive affect on a person's body by helping them to defy gravity and burn some extra calories inrepparttar 135844 process. The more movement andrepparttar 135845 more body parts that become involved inrepparttar 135846 exercise,repparttar 135847 better. Rebounding helps to strengthen cells inrepparttar 135848 body including bone and muscle cells.

How Do Beginners Use a Rebounder?

By starting with a simple bounce, beginners can move up and down without their feet leavingrepparttar 135849 mat. The rebounder will move for them. Anyone can benefit from this low-level activity until they feel comfortable with faster or higher movement. Once familiar with bouncing, one can begin to introduce various movements into their routine such as jumping jacks, arm flex's, chest exercises, etc.

Confessions of a Personal Fitness Trainer

Written by Deborah Caruana RN, MES, CPT

As your personal fitness trainer my passion is to teach, coach, understand, push, prod, cajole, investigate, research and apply, over and over… As a ‘Fitness Role Model’…well…I feel vulnerable with weakness, so, in hopes we can all learn, from my own weakness, here goes…My Confession. Last year I had a number of clients who started stubbornly onrepparttar Atkins diet despite my warnings. Immediately I saw almost profound results in their weight loss. I reminded them it wasrepparttar 135833 loss of water weight, and warned ofrepparttar 135834 strain onrepparttar 135835 kidneys andrepparttar 135836 high cholesterol risk. During this time I was mastering my yoga practice as a complete vegan but found that my immune system had been profoundly compromised and I was currently on my third cold forrepparttar 135837 fall season Atkins was inrepparttar 135838 media again because of new study results indicating lowered cholesterol. I went torepparttar 135839 Atkins book yet again with a more open mind, and decided to tryrepparttar 135840 diet. I likedrepparttar 135841 contrarian view point torepparttar 135842 current AMA position ofrepparttar 135843 low fat diet, which seemed to be producing a society of increasing obesity. Atkins view of sugar asrepparttar 135844 culprit making you fat, not fat, made sense andrepparttar 135845 extra work from allrepparttar 135846 protein forrepparttar 135847 kidneys… it’s benign. I wanted to use his diet as a tool to get myself entirely off of any sugar. I started out onrepparttar 135848 high protein, low carb aspect ofrepparttar 135849 diet. As I reintroducedrepparttar 135850 animal proteins into my diet I could feel myself get stronger andrepparttar 135851 colds, finally stopped. I also saw my muscle bellies start to open and swell again. The cold of winter was not as painful as it had been while on my vegan diet. I then summoned uprepparttar 135852 courage to start bringing fats into my diet, including bacon, egg yolks, cream cheese, heavy cream, whipped cream, even bacon rinds. On a daily basis I would marvel at having eaten these “forbidden foods” only to awakenrepparttar 135853 next day thin, svelte. I couldn’t believe this, result! I was loving eating all these foods so familiar yet banished since …childhood I was in full swing eatingrepparttar 135854 high fat, high protein, low carb diet atrepparttar 135855 time whenrepparttar 135856 pictures on my website were taken. I felt strong, but I had no energy!!! My walks onrepparttar 135857 beach were lethargic, I had to force myself to go that extra mile. I was thin but I felt like a beached whale. My love affair with Atkins continued a few more months. I followed his prescriptions religiously.

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