Can a simple rebounder (mini-trampoline) allow you to bounce your way to greater health and fitness? Let’s take a look. Rebounders have been around for a while, but have never been mainstream. Recently, I had an article sent to my email address touting the health benefits of rebounding. Since I trusted the information source, I decided to do a little research.Turns out that there are several different companies selling various rebounders on the internet. Some with some interesting information behind them from credible people.Some of the benefits include fat loss, increased cardiovascular fitness, improved balance and bone density, and maybe one of the most important – increased movement efficiency in your lymphatic system. Meaning, a stronger immune system to help you fight off illness and disease.Rebounding allows you to train the cardiovascular system at the same time you strengthen your muscles. It also can be done by those with poor fitness. For those just starting out, a simple downward push into the mat, where your feet never actually leave the surface of the mat, will work.This is called a health bounce and is enough to stimulate your lymphatic system and increase your body’s cells need for oxygen, thus moving toxins and metabolic wastes out of your tissues. After you adjust to doing this health bounce for 5-10 minutes at a time, you can increase your jumps, so that your feet leave the surface of the mat.This initial bounce can be done daily or twice daily, if desired. I tried it out to see what it would do. Even though my feet never moved, I noticed an increase in my breathing, bringing more oxygen to my cells. A sense of relaxation and well-being is also gained. Any stress you have seems to go away, a nice bonus in today’s high stress world.For those who may have balance issues, make sure to use a rebounder with a stabilizer bar. In addition to working your balance, your postural muscles are stimulated. Being a big posture person, this is very important. You have some muscles that are mainly involved with posture and others, usually your large muscles, that are designed to generate large forces such as running, jumping or throwing.When you jump up and down these postural muscles are utilized to keep you upright, so while bouncing, be sure to stand up straight, enhancing your posture.Another way you can use the rebounder is in doing a circuit. For example, I will jump up and down, trying to jump fairly high each time – both straight up and with a twist to one side or another. Then I will do something for the upper body, such as pushups or pushing and pulling on tubing attached to a pole. This way I am working my entire body, upper, lower, and midsection all in one session.This allows you to get a time efficient workout that will burn calories and increase your metabolism at the same time. Let’s face it, many people don’t go to healthclubs because they think they have to workout for an hour and a half to two hours to lose weight. That’s simply not true!When you combine strength training and cardio in one session, where your heart rate is elevated the entire time, you burn more calories after you stop training. This is known as EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) and is more important in most cases than how many calories you burn during the actual exercise session.In addition, rebounding can be done in the privacy of your own home. No waiting in line for the cardio pieces at the gym. I worked at a large healthclub in Atlanta where during peak hours, usually on a Monday, people sometimes had to wait in line for the cardio equipment. Who has that kind of time?Besides, walking on a treadmill for 45 minutes or more is so boring that they have to place TV’s in front of the cardio equipment at healthclubs. If I’m going to walk for that long, it has to be outside.One study done by NASA found rebounding to be 68% more efficient than jogging. Once again, health benefits in less time. Unlike jogging, there is little to no jarring of the joints. You get the strengthening of the bones and joints without the pounding, because the mat absorbs the forces generated.In one article I read, a man in his late sixties, lost 20 pounds by rebounding. He admitted he could stand to lose a few more pounds, but think of how much healthier you’d be after dropping that much.
Health and fitness product creators have a habit of working by themselves. This is not unusual, and may be partly due to the fact that many of them get their start offline working directly with their clients to help them meet their health and fitness goals. But eventually it dawns on the product creator that they may be able to significantly expand their business by taking their product online and reaching out to the huge consumer base that it represents.It is usually at this point that they get a bit of a shock and discover that working online is a whole lot different than working offline. Instead of the one-on-one interaction that they are used to dealing with when meeting with their clients, now they are broadcasting into the void and often finding that the void is not responding. The internet, they discover, can be a lonely place for a health and fitness marketer.Whereas offline they may have built up a client base that trusts them, when they go online they are effectively starting over from scratch. Now they have to prove their worth all over again, one customer at a time. For many, it is enough to drive them offline again. The thought of having to master article writing, web site building, and the art of site monetization are enough to make one wonder whether it is all worth the effort.But it need not be as difficult to pull off as you might imagine. Not if you can find the right people to help guide you. Perhaps even the right people to take some of the work off your hands in exchange for a piece of the pie. Sure, you can pay people to do the work for you if you can afford it. But many cannot afford to go that route, and instead they look more closely at the idea of joint ventures. The joint venture, or JV, is a collaboration of two or more parties who share the workload of a project, preferring to concentrate on just that part of the work that they are able to do more easily, either because they have the experience, or because they have the natural talent for the work.The joint venture can achieve what the work of a single party cannot achieve on its own.So, if you are an exercise video producer who has no trouble creating good exercise videos, but you are terrible when it comes to putting together a website that can actually convince people to buy the videos, then a joint venture might be the way forward. You might think that you can simply outsource the design work, but the reality is that if you work with someone who has experience in the niche that you are selling to, your likelihood of success will be a good deal higher.This means that you may want to try to team up with someone in the same exercise niche as yourself, but who might be marketing a completely different product – exercise clothing, for example, or an information product that relates to losing weight through the same exercises that appear in your own videos. If the other party already knows how to build a web site and get clients, but they have never had any experience producing video, then a joint venture between the two of you might make sense. You can each achieve something that neither party might have succeeded with alone.This is the idea behind Carolyn Hansen’s joint venture membership database for vendors in the health and fitness industry. If you would like to learn more about joint ventures in this area, and get to know other health and fitness professionals, get yourself across to Carolyn’s site and join up today. Admission is free.
When people think of staying healthy, they usually think about exercising and taking vitamins and going to the doctor for a check up whenever possible. What most people do not realize is that superior health and fitness can be achieved simply by paying a few dollars and getting a massage.Therapeutic massages have always been looked at as a method to make patients feel good and loosen up their bodies. Although this is true in many aspects, getting a massage can cause great improvement in the overall health and well-being of users. For example, getting a massage relaxes the body and often alleviates a lot of pain and discomfort that one may be feeling from every day strain or if someone is recovering from a recent illness or surgery. It can also relieve a lot of stress if someone has been having a rough time at work or home.A person who gets a therapeutic massage also experiences better health and fitness through function improvement with circulatory, muscular, skeletal, nervous, and also lymphatic systems. Depending on what specific health issues the patient has, there is also a Swedish massage that is good for muscle cramps, headaches, and also back stress. Pressure Point Therapy is also another method of massaging that helps with some injuries, insomnia, anxiety, headaches and muscle tension, and also circulation problems. Sports massages for athletes also help with relaxing muscle groups used for different sports.A licensed masseuse can help with the conditions mentioned above, as well as arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, digestive disorders, myofascial pain, limited range of motion, allergies, depression, sinusitis, and TMJ.As can be seen, massages help with overall health a lot more than people realize. Not only are they relaxing and very nice to get, they promote better health throughout your body and are a big part of better health and fitness. These days, people who go to get massages are looked at as just wanting to get relaxed and relieve stress, but what critics do not realize is that in some ways, massages are better than actually going to the doctor’s office and paying way more than what is needed for treatment.