Bounce Yourself Fit How to Use Gravity to Get It Done in Six Weeks

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With gloomy
autumn nights drawing in, it’s tempting to give up the gym or early
morning jog and curl up in bed instead.

Now nutritionist
and exercise expert Yinka Thomas, has created a fun and easy-to-follow
workout using a mini-trampoline. And the best news is you don’t
even have to leave your lounge.

Spending 20
minutes on a rebounder a day will help you tone and firm your body
in just six weeks.

‘The reason
it’s so effective is because your body feels an increased gravitational
(G) force at the bottom of the bounce,’ Yinka said.

‘This can be
equivalent to two or three times your bodyweight, and every cell
in your body responds to this perceived ‘stress’ by strengthening.’


A quality advanced-spring
rebounder is advisable because cheaper models have low-quality mats
and short hard springs.

The best rebounders
on the market are German-made Trimilins and Bellicons, and the American-made
Reboundair with prices starting at £139. You can order your
Trimilin rebounder from here, £5 from every order will be
donated to the National Osteoporosis Society.

Set yourself
a goal as per the schedule and stick to it. If you get tired during
the workout, try to keep going whilst reducing the level of intensity
of the exercise. Remember you can rebound to your favourite music,
radio or TV programmes to keep you motivated.

Also before
you start:

  • Ladies
    should purchase a good sports bra before you start rebounding
  • If you are
    worried about balance, order front and/or side support bars until
    you’re more confident to bounce without them. Stay central
    on the rebounder.
  • Maintain
    rhythmical breathing whilst rebounding. You should be able to
    hold a conversation during the main component of your workout.
  • Wear comfortable
    clothing and rebound in suitable trainers (though you can rebound
  • Always pull
    your abdominals in whilst performing exercises on the rebounder,
    this helps you to stabilise and balance
  • Always finish
    your workout with a cool down and stretch the large muscles of
    the legs and torso to complete your workout

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(beginner moves)

Heel lifts:
Bounce lightly up and down, lifting heels alternately whilst keeping
soles on the mat

Gentle jogging:
Bounce slightly higher and at a faster pace, lifting heels alternately
whilst keeping sole on the mat

Light bounces:
Lightly jump no more than four inches from the mat

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28, 2009

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