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Add some bounce to your workout

Rhonda Beckham / For the Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily Tribune

If you need a change from your familiar cardio routine, consider rebounding. No, I’m not talking about running to a new mate right after you’ve broken up with the old one. I’m suggesting you jump your way to better health.

I first read about the rebounder several years ago in Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman’s “Fat Flush Plan.” I was intrigued by her explanation of how skipping or using a mini-trampoline or rebounder stimulates the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system consists of millions of tiny channels that parallel our network of blood vessels. The lymph channels transport fats and other substances around the body and help with the elimination of waste products from cells.

Unlike blood, which has the heart, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump. It relies on exercise and deep breathing to keep it moving.

A rebounder is a mini-trampoline with stiffer springs. The surface has less give than a traditional trampoline, which prevents you from jumping too high and falling off.

It’s 40 inches in diameter and 10 inches high. If you have trouble with your balance, there is a model that has a stabilizer bar.

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Using buddy bounce, one can help an invalid to experience the fun of bouncing on a trampoline. There are sitting bounces, such as V-bounce, which strengthen the legs and abdominal muscles. V-bounce done in a sitting posture is effective for those who cannot stand up.

It’s affordable, easy to learn and compact for storage. I own a standard one with detachable legs so I can easily transport it in my Nitro when I want to take it to the beach.

You can burn 400-500 calories per hour, compared to joggers, who burn 350-400 calories per hour.

And you can keep it interesting and challenging with different types of moves.

I have clients alternate between running, dancing, twisting and kickboxing.

Jumping is resistance training for your lower body. It helps with balance and core conditioning.

The best thing about this apparatus is that it is so fun. I get kind of goofy trying to keep the beat to the Commodores’ “Brick House” while jumping. 

As amusing as it is, rebounding is challenging. We used it during the super circuit in last spring’s boot camp, which was only a slight break from the jump rope station.

You can purchase a rebounder at Big 5 in Carson City or go online and plan spend from $70 to $300. Go for the better quality if you can afford it ” after all, this is pretty inexpensive as far as cardio equipment goes.

With daylight-saving time taking effect last weekend, think of the rebounder as another way to spring forward.

Rhonda Beckham is owner of Help Me Rhonda Personal Fitness Training. She is a nationally certified personal trainer with teaching certificates in Pilates and kickboxing. She works out of Sierra Athletic Club and Emerald Bay Physical Therapy and teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College. She can be reached at (530) 208-6369 http://www.tahoetrainer.com and rhonda@tahoetrainer.com