Exercise Equipment Review

A Quick Guide to Mini Trampolines Reviewed

Mini trampolines are held in high regard among the most respected of health professionals. As Dr James White put it...

"Rebounding is the closest thing to the fountain of youth that science has found." James R. White, Ph.D., author of Jump for Joy

If you're thinking of buying a piece of exercise equipment for the home or a rehab facility you'd do well to consider a mini trampoline. This buyer's guide highlights the key benefits of rebounding and then offers some advice on what to look out for in a good quality trampoline.

Dr Paul Cheney, one of the leading doctors in the research and treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, recommends rebounding to his patients. Why? He believes that rebounding is the most effective way to stimulate the autonomic nervous system. And he's not alone.

NASA use these as part of their program to rehabilitate astronauts after they've spent weeks in weightlessness. Established cancer expert Al Carter is also an advocate of rebounding and it's healing properties. Renowned for his Healthy Cell Theory described in his book "The Cancer Answer", Al has had his work verified by NASA, the US Air Force and the University of Hong Kong.

Perhaps one explanation for why rebounding is so beneficial can be taken from examining the immune system's response to exercise...

The immune system is essentially made up monocytes, neutrophils, macrophages and lymphocytes (collectively referred to as white blood cells). It's the job of white blood cells to fight infection and neutralize malignant cells. Most white blood cells can be located in the lymph nodes and traverse through the body via the lymphatic system. However, unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump...

Movement has been shown to increase lymphatic flow by up to 30 times when compared to rest. The rebounding action is considered to be one of the most effective ways to increase the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body. In essence if you want an efficient immune system, move around, and do lots of it.

Aside from the exercising and movement components of rebounding, some experts believe they have an additional therapeutic value. According to Bounceforjoy.com..

"Rebounding is an advanced exercise science in that it is a cellular exercise; all cells will become stronger. This includes all muscles, bones, skin, connective tissue, vital organs, and the muscles of digestion and elimination. How?

The common denominator of all exercise is opposition to gravity. What's more, with rebound exercise, you also utilize two other natural dynamic forces:

When your body stops its downward movement at the bottom of the bounce, the force of deceleration is added to the force of gravity. Einstein proved that the physical body couldn’t distinguish between acceleration, deceleration and gravity. So the body interprets the combined force as an increase in gravity.

So that's why all the cells have to adjust to what is perceived by them as a more demanding internal environment by becoming individually and collectively stronger."

An estimated 24 million Americans (90% women) do aerobic dance exercise. An estimated 43% sustain injuries. It's no secret that high impact aerobic exercise, including jogging, places an extraordinary amount of stress on the joints. Rebounding on a mini trampoline is virtually stress free making it an ideal form of activity for people with arthritis or overuse injuries.

To sum up, it appears that at worst mini trampolines offer a convenient and effective form of aerobic exercise. At best they could be one of the most healthful forms of activity discovered. With that in mind let's have a look at some mini trampolines...

Are All Mini Trampolines Created Equal?

Mini trampolines range anywhere from $30 to $250. Although all trampolines offer the same healthful benefits outlined above, Below are some in different price brackets. If you search online for mini trampolines you'll find two types of merchants selling them...

Firstly there are the specialist stores that are geared to selling one brand of mini trampoline. Needak and ReboundAir are examples. These are the highest quality mini trampolines you'll find and will last you a lifetime. The general fitness stores sell more "commercialized" brands. A few of the descent ones are right here below