Exercise isn’t most people’s idea of relaxation, especially for those who’ve been on their feet all day. But it’s actually one of the best ways to relieve stress.
A few minutes on the bellicon® at the end of a hard day can make you feel like a new person. It increases blood flow to underused muscles, loosens overused ones and triggers the release of endorphins, your brain’s natural calming aid. By simply shifting your focus to a physical task like rebounding, tension melts away and your head soon feels clearer.
Stress isn’t just a burden, it can be a killer, with side effects ranging from headaches, insomnia, and weight gain to mental health and physical problems, including heart attacks, strokes and heart diseases. Because our busy lifestyles leave little time or energy for taking care of ourselves, managing stress can become stressful itself.
Fortunately, there are healthy ways to cope with stress – and exercising on a bellicon® is one of the best. Take it from the Harvard Medical School, which reports, “Regular aerobic exercise will bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart and your spirits. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.”
There’s something naturally soothing about rebounding on a bellicon® both physically and emotionally. Maybe it’s just that a change of pace is as good as a rest – and bouncing is delightfully different from our normal daily movements. Some think it triggers unconscious memories of being in the womb or cradle. Whatever the reason, exercising on our mini-trampoline leaves body and mind at peace.
On a biological level, the automatic contraction and relaxation of the muscles improves blood flow, boosting your body’s oxygen levels – with rejuvenating effects. Bouncing on a bellicon® also relaxes tense muscles and lubricates your joints, massaging away the day’s cares.
From the mental perspective, focusing on a physical activity soothes a busy mind. This is partly because getting on your bellicon® floods the brain with endorphins. Released during exercise, these feel-good neurotransmitters counteract the effects of stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling more peaceful and centered.
While it’s well known that the root cause of stress is emotional, managing life’s pressures can and should involve the body. Physical fitness is key to mental fitness.
When life gets stressful, exercise is often one of the first things to go. That’s because both the causes of stress (overwork, changes in your environment as well as physical or emotional trauma) and its results (depression, lack of sleep, eating disorders, unhealthy weight gain or loss) can make it very difficult to find the time or the energy to work out.
Just a few minutes bouncing on a bellicon® each day can make a big difference. Try to keep your mini trampoline out where you can see it so that you remember to grab a few moments of healthy, revitalizing exercise whenever you get the chance.
As the Mayo Clinic emphasizes (see link below), even if you have let yourself go a bit, you can still enjoy the benefits and stress-relieving rewards of a little exercise. Health bouncing on a bellicon® is the very definition of a gentle workout. Anyone can do it, regardless of fitness level.
“Even if you're downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.”
Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise-and-stress/SR00036)
While working out on your bellicon®, the exercise is working on you in ways you never imagined – such as improving your mental performance.
The American Heart Association notes that, besides reducing stress levels and improving your overall health, physical activity boosts memory and cognitive function. A regular fitness routine can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger. Not only are you likely to enjoy the “feel-good sensation” immediately after a session but, with time, a greater sense of overall well-being, too.
And the list of benefits from regular rebounding goes on: better sleep patterns, enhanced digestion and an active lymphatic system, which helps to flush toxins from your body. All in all, it’s one of the best things you can do to improve your quality of life.
Fitness and energy for life
Knowing how much your bellicon exercise is doing for your life should help to reduce stress as well, so make sure to pat yourself on the back after every workout. A few minutes a day on a bellicon will relieve stress and keep you refreshed, renewed and ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow.
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.