Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in the UK. Although the exact cause of the condition characterised by high blood sugar levels is still unknown, genetic factors, weight issues and physical inactivity have been shown to contribute to its onset and progression.
A bellicon® workout provides the kind of aerobic exercise that helps to prevent diabetes and reduce its symptoms. Whether you’re a diabetic who takes insulin or not, bouncing on a mini trampoline assists in regulating your levels of the hormone by lowering blood sugar and increasing your cells’ ability to absorb glucose – both during and after your routine. In fact, this effect lasts for up to 24 hours. A fun daily workout on the bellicon® is the natural way to keep your blood sugar in check.
An estimated 3.2 million people in the UK have diabetes – that’s about six percent of the population. Most of them have Type 2 diabetes – what used to be known as adult-onset diabetes. Which makes it all the more alarming that increasing numbers of children and young adults are getting the disease.
Just how widespread diabetes is becomes apparent when you take into account that these figures don’t include the millions whose diabetes is undiagnosed or classed as pre-diabetes – when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be categorised as Type 2 diabetes.
But diabetes is not all doom and gloom. There’s a lot you can do to prevent the disease and control its symptoms. A study by the Mayo Clinic showed that people who shed a few kilos – about seven percent of their initial weight – and exercised regularly reduced their risk of developing diabetes by almost 60 percent. Which just goes to show how big a difference exercise and a healthy diet can make to your well-being, vitality and quality of life.
Diabetes in England: Percentage of GP patients aged 17+ with diabetes 2012-13
Source: NHS England, Quality and Outcomes Framework, 2012-2013
As a diabetic, you need to take a measured approach – and not just to your diet. If you exercise too vigorously, the body interprets this as stress and elevates blood sugar levels to provide fuel for the muscles. Not a situation you want. By sticking to moderate-intensity, low-impact bellicon® workouts, you’re getting the safest, most beneficial type of cardiovascular exercise for your condition.
High-impact workouts also place diabetics at risk of vascular damage to their eyes (retinopathy) and nerve damage to their feet (peripheral neuropathy). So gently does it à la bellicon® and you’ll stay fit and injury-free.
Of course, the health benefits of rebounding for diabetics don’t end there. You’ll also be lowering your chances of heart disease and stroke, burning calories to control your weight, improving balance, boosting energy levels and sleeping better. The bellicon® may also be the world’s best exercise for preventing or halting the progression of osteoporosis, another diabetes-related condition.
It’s always best to ask your doctor before starting a new exercise programme. Considering that the treatment and side effects of diabetes can vary greatly from person to person, this is especially good advice if you’ve been diagnosed with the condition.
If you’re a diabetic bellicon® enthusiast, remember to monitor your blood sugar levels before, during and after exercise to ensure they remain stable.
Just like muscles, healthy bones need exercise to stay strong. Physical activity and routines that involve supporting your own body weight infuse bones with calcium, making them stronger.
If you suffer from osteoporosis and osteopenia, there’s no better way to increase your bone density than rebounding on a bellicon®. That’s because bouncing is the ultimate weight-bearing workout. Your body shifts between experiencing weightlessness and up to four times normal g-force, stimulating your bones to rebuild.
While there is no medical treatment for age-related loss of muscle mass – known as sarcopenia – you don’t just have to watch yourself waste away.
Aerobic and resistance exercise together with a high-protein diet can help to reverse the effects of aging by rebuilding underused muscles, boosting energy levels and improving stamina.
Best of all, you won’t drag your feet over getting your low-impact cardiovascular and weight-bearing exercise on a bellicon®. That’s because making the healthy choice has never been this much fun.
By far the most common of the many forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage at the ends of bones wears down over time. With the pain that sufferers experience making even everyday activities a challenge, exercise often seems a leap too far.
But hopping on a bellicon® can be one of the best things you can do for your condition. Gentle, low-impact rebounding tones muscles, lubricates joints, improves flexibility and can even relieve arthritis pain.
Everyone knows how exercise, as it increases the flow of blood and oxygen, helps the cardiovascular system, but we don’t often consider how it benefits the lymphatic system.
Our lymphatic system is responsible for taking the toxins, bacteria, dead cells…as well as cancer cells…that our immune system targets and removing them from our body. Since it has no pump, it needs motion and gravity to force the thick lymph fluid through our system.
If you’ve ever watched a toddler learning to walk, you’ll know that balance improves with practice. On a bellicon®, you’re giving your brain a refresher course in equilibrium. That’s because the repetitive motion of bouncing renews nerve pathways to your muscles.
Rebounding also steadies you by building core muscles, leg muscles and ankle strength – all of which are essential for balance and good posture.
Of course, balance is not the only thing that a bellicon® workout improves. You’re also getting a boost to your health and fitness all rolled into one.Read more details about this health benefit here
Discs and joints are no different from the rest of your body. To remain healthy, they need exercise. The spongy tissue inside a disc is saturated in water. For the disc to receive nutrients, this liquid must be wrung out and replaced. Besides facilitating this process, physical activity also helps maintain joints’ flexibility and range of motion.
Bouncing on a bellicon® gives you the energising, low-impact workout that your spine as well as the rest of your body needs to let you walk as tall and straight as you did in your youth.