jitterbug Wrote:Hi everyone, I am trying to FINALLY get started on a good exercise routine. I have arthritis, fibromyalgia and have had a knee surgery. I am looking for something that will really help but be low impact because of my knees and hips. Does anyone have a mini trampoline and if so, can you give me some info on it. I have read that it is low impact and that it does not require TONS of time in order for it to be effective. Any one have any info that will come in handy?
I have one called the "Supertramp" PT bouncer.
(I live in the UK, and bought it here via online mailorder).
It seems that there was a fad for this in the 70s, then it seemed to go out, but seems to have made a bit of a resurgence in the last few years. I see these things at gyms, etc.
There is an American guy who was responsible for popularising them in the 70s, and he's still around I think. He used to be a gymnastic trampolinist, and realised that he'd seemingly got some amazing health benefits from trampolining, and set about devising a way of making it safe and healthy for non-gymnasts, which is where the mini-tramp (rebounder) comes in.
Sorry, I can't remember his name, and I've mislaid the copy of one of his books I have.
I am not honestly sure if some of the more ambitious claims he makes for rebounding really stand up, scientifically, although he claims that NASA bought into it.
What I do know is that they are incredible fun to use, and I just loved mine from the start. You can start very, very gently, and for that reason, they are fine for people in a poor state of physical health, the elderly, etc. I didn't find it much help in losing weight, but that was before I discovered low-carbing.
Just googled and re-discovered the name of the guy I was thinking of:
Albert Carter. This is the first link I found. NB I have no connection with this or any other company in this field! :-)
Caution: Since reading about a doctor called Larry McCleary (he has a book "The Brain Trust" out, with a forward by Drs Eades), I have been wary of "bouncing" exercises, because of possible brain trauma.
He does not talk about rebounding per se, just cautions against bouncing-type activity.
I honestly don't know how much of a worry this really is, and whether the cushioning effect of the rebounder is sufficient to prevent any trauma.
I'd really like to know more, but I suppose it's one of those things that is really hard to test/prove, either way.
From what he says, even running on hard surfaces could also be problematic. I suspect there are enough runners on this forum who might counter-argue this (not that I have any wish to get into any arguments! :-) ).