Stress. Everyone experiences it in some form or another. Stress is how the body responds to demands, threats, and challenges. When you have a big project to complete at work and a looming deadline to meet, you’re going to feel stressed. Likewise, if you’re constantly on the go taking care of your children, managing your household, and you don’t have any spare time for yourself, you’re going to feel stressed. There are nearly an unlimited number of factors that can contribute to stress, but the important thing is to know is how to deal with them and counteract their effects on your mind and body.
Despite how complicated, difficult, and stressful life can seem at times, it’s important to remember that little changes can go a long way in helping you to cope and feel your best. Incorporating daily exercise — even if for just 15 minutes — can do wonders for clearing your mind and providing a boost of positive energy. Unfortunately, most people feel that they just don’t have time for exercise with all of the other demands and responsibilities they have to contend with. Other people may have good intentions to exercise, but just don’t like to exercise or get bored quickly.
If you are one of those people who is pressed for time, don’t like to exercise, or don’t want to spend thousands on a gym membership you’ll rarely use, we have a solution. Rebounding is a type of low-impact aerobic exercise that just about anyone can do. It uses a mini-trampoline known as a rebounder and it’s just as much fun as it sounds. You can order a rebounder for your home so you can jump whenever and wherever you like. They take up little space and cost far less than a home gym or fitness center membership. Visit the Leaps and Rebounds website to learn more and to shop our selection of high-quality rebounders.
Before we get into more details about rebounding and why it's good for your health, let's take a closer look at stress and how it can be managed with regular exercise.
Stress comes in all forms, but what most people don’t know is that not all stress is bad. Stress is a natural and normal human response to danger. When placed in a potentially harmful situation, your brain sends signals alerting you to take action. Your heartbeat increases, you start to breathe faster, and your body prepares to flee whatever is putting it in danger.
This same response also happens in non-life-threatening situations such as when you have a job interview or go on a first date. This type of stress is known as eustress or good stress. It’s linked to feelings of anticipation or excitement and this type of stress is linked to much of the joy people experience in life.
Unfortunately, for most people, the amount of bad stress in their life far outweighs the good stress. Coping with chronic stress can affect the cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems, and contribute to serious health problems. Some people who are under stress have trouble sleeping or experience stomach upset, while others can develop high blood pressure, diabetes, and other life-threatening conditions. Fortunately, there are things you can do to take control of your health and happiness, and one of the most beneficial is to engage in regular exercise.
It may seem counterintuitive that exercise — something that seems taxing or stressful on the body — would actually reduce overall stress on your body, but in fact, that’s exactly what it does. The physical benefits of exercise have long been recognized as well as the significance of the mind-body connection. This means not will exercise help you to be physically healthy, it will benefit your mental health as well. Here are just a few of the ways exercise benefits your body:
Improves Blood Flow
Good blood circulation plays a major role in your overall health. It’s not only beneficial for heart health, having good blood circulation affects nearly every system within your body. Efficient blood flow is necessary for a strong immune system, it helps keep your organs functioning properly, and it can reduce your risk of developing chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, just to name a few.
Physical activity affects your mood and stress levels in two ways — it reduces the number of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in the body, and it also stimulates the production of good hormones such as endorphins. Endorphins are known as the “feel good” chemicals that are responsible for the feelings of optimism and happiness you get after completing a challenging workout.
Calms Your Mind
People who are under stress are often preoccupied with thoughts about the cause of their stress. For instance, when your mind is racing and thinking about all of the things you have to do, or you’re worried that you won’t be able to complete all of your work before you take that much-needed vacation, just having those repetitive thoughts is enough to perpetuate and even worsen your stress.
Engaging in regular exercise provides a way to take your mind off of your worries. The repetitive motions involved in many exercises work as a type of meditation, allowing you to just focus on your movement instead of thinking of a million other things. Focusing on a single, physical task can allow your mind to rest and in turn, produce a renewed sense of calmness and clarity.
Most people know that exercise is important for their health but they struggle to maintain a regular exercise routine. Whether you have trouble finding the time, get bored easily, or just don’t like to exercise, we encourage you to try rebounding.
You’ve probably seen children jumping on a large trampoline in their yard and saw how much fun they were having. Perhaps you’ve even tried it yourself. Now imagine a much smaller version of that trampoline — one that will fit in just about any room of your house and stow away easily whenever you wish. A rebounder is a mini trampoline that you can bounce on while you’re watching TV or talking on the phone. Better yet, refrain from trying to multitask and just enjoy bouncing. Relax your mind, get your blood flowing, and experience the benefits of doing exercises that you actually enjoy.
Because rebounding is a form of exercise, it’s effective for helping people manage their stress. But the benefits don’t stop there — there are many other reasons to incorporate rebounding into your daily routine. Here are just a few:
- Improves energy
- Boosts metabolism
- Build muscle
- Help you sleep
- Improves circulation
- Strengthens immune system
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Improves memory
- Boosts confidence
- Strengthens cardiovascular system
- Improves balance and flexibility
There are clearly many benefits to rebounding, but there are several reasons why rebounding is particularly good for stress relief.
It Takes Little Time
Many people are stressed because they have too much going on and not enough time to get it all done. Trying to squeeze in time to drive to the gym and take an hour-long aerobics class can potentially make you feel even more anxious if you’re already pressed for time.
A rebounder, on the other hand, can be conveniently used at home, in your office, or wherever is most convenient for you. You don’t have to get in your car to drive to another location to use it. Plus, spending just 15 to 20 minutes a day is all you need to set aside to reap the health benefits of rebounding.
It’s Fun To Do
Exercise in itself is great for stress relief, but when that exercise is also fun to do, the benefits are multiplied. Not only will you be inclined to exercise more frequently, engaging in a pleasurable activity will help to calm your mind and boost your mood.
If you’re interested in experiencing the stress-relieving benefits of rebounding for yourself, we invite you to shop Leaps and Rebounds for quality-made rebounders in multiple colors and sizes. Unlike other rebounders, ours are designed using heavy-gauge steel legs, durable bungees, and each one comes with a lifetime warranty. Learn more about why we’re better and then place your order today!