Although there are over 100 different arthritic diseases, the awful joint pain blurs the distinctions in most people’s minds. By far the most common of them, osteoarthritis, occurs when the protective cartilage that acts as a buffer between the ends of adjoining bones becomes inflamed and wears down over time. The resulting friction of bone on bone is what causes the aching discomfort.
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 to do for your condition. By strengthening your muscles surrounding affected joints and providing them with additional support, you take the pressure off the damaged cartilage. Physical activity can also help get your weight under control, which further reduces stress on your joints. Plus, you’ll find that you have more energy during the day and sleep better at night.
The Mayo Clinic sums it up, “Even moderate exercise can ease your pain and help you maintain a healthy weight. When arthritis threatens to immobilise you, exercise keeps you moving.”
There are about ten million people in the UK living with some form of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia, to name but a few. Despite ongoing research, treatment and prevention are currently the best lines of defence against these disabling but common diseases.
While it may seem counterintuitive, bouncing on a bellicon® is a powerful healer. That’s because it’s a world-class cardiovascular workout that tones muscles, encourages lymph drainage, improves balance and strengthens your bones. In other words, it conditions you inside and out. But if you suffer from arthritis, the real clincher is this: Our unique suspension system ensures that all these benefits don’t come at the cost of stressing your joints and cartilage. The incredible elasticity of our bungees provides a far softer landing than spring rebounders. Your joints will thank you for a bellicon®.
As an arthritis sufferer, you need to take it easy when beginning a new exercise regime. As gentle as bouncing on a bellicon® is, you can expect to feel some aches or pains afterwards for the first few weeks. If it still hurts more than two hours after your workouts, you might be doing too much. Try reducing the intensity or duration of your routines until the discomfort is manageable. Stretching before and after your sessions will also help your joints to adapt more quickly to the increased activity.
As rheumatologist Dr. Ronenn Roubenoff explains, you need to commit to the long haul with exercise because you’ll only start seeing the benefits of an osteoarthritis fitness programme after about six weeks of working out two or three times per week.
Health bouncing is a great way for arthritis sufferers to ease themselves into exercising on a bellicon®. All it involves is taking advantage of the remarkable elasticity of the bellicon® by moving up and down without your feet ever leaving the mat. This gentle workout will energise your heart, lungs, muscles and lymphatic system while sparing your joints any stress or strain. Within a few weeks, you’ll be surprised to find that you’ve got back into the habit of exercising, are feeling fitter and healthier and, best of all, your symptoms have abated.
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.