My morning routine includes running for 20 minutes followed by 20 minutes of yoga. Living in a cold climate can limit my outside runs during our winter season, so I find that I can interchange my outdoor runs with a run on my rebounder. Not familiar with rebounding? Simply put, it is bouncing on a mini trampoline, or rebounder. The goal isn’t to achieve height or gymnastics tricks, but to perform a series of small, controlled movements. It’s a zero-impact exercise that benefits your body in many different ways, such as improving circulation, reducing stress and tension, improving muscle tone, and increasing energy.
I have found that rebounding and incorporating upper body exercises, while you are rebounding, is a great work out. I like to run on the rebounder, at a moderate pace, and do Tae Bo upper body exercises at the same time.
Punch the air one arm at a time, gradually increasing speed at a comfortable pace. Make sure to relax your shoulders and pull your shoulder blades back. Posture is really important when you’re bouncing—keep your stomach tight and firm.
Bend your arms in front of your chest, palms down. Now make a fist and begin rotating them around each other, making a circular motion in front of your chest.
When I do it as a routine in the morning I wear workout clothes since you work up a good sweat. But the rebounder is so versatile, you can also use it at work for a mini 2-5 minute workout. Sometimes I like to do it on my lunch break! It gets you moving and energized.
Whatever you choose to do while rebounding, the most important thing to remember is to keep your posture intact. Do this by keeping your stomach tight and shoulders back.
For more easy-to-do exercise ideas, check back next Wednesday! Or review what we’ve done in the past with yoga Sun Salutations.