I’m just going to say it-I am lazy. Well, let me rephrase that. I am a lazy person at home. When it comes to work I am motivated, energized, and a real go-getter. Even with this blog, there has only been one day in seven months where I haven’t posted anything. But at home, it’s a different story. When I first lost my job almost a year ago, I had very good intentions. This was my time to get fit. And I did really well during the summer. Then fall and winter came and it all went out the window. There was a lot of couch and television time. Many days I would lounge on the couch with my treadmill within arm’s reach, yet it sat untouched for months. And then I got on the scale and realized I had gained 20 pounds. Yes, I realize that still keeps me in the normal range for my height. And yes, I know many thought I was too thin. But let’s get real-that’s 20 pounds of fat and it just isn’t healthy. And when none of my $200 jeans would go over my butt, I knew it was time to get serious.
I’ve given a lot of thought as to why I have such an aversion to exercise. Laziness is part of it. Habit another. I just never had to do it. Plus, I know they say “no pain, no gain”, but killing myself just doesn’t hold my attention span. I give up because it’s too hard and I don’t see immediate results. I want it to be like when I was a kid-fun! We walked everywhere, rode bikes, ballet, gymnastics and jumping. Jumping jacks, jumping rope, playing hopscotch (do they even do that anymore?) and just general playing. So maybe that should be my plan of attack. Having fun doing things that brought us hours of entertainment when we were young. Sounds good so far.
What I really want to talk about is the mini-trampoline, or rebounder. A few months ago I started thinking about getting one to bounce around on. Who doesn’t love to jump on a trampoline? It’s fun and exhilarating. Then one of my fitness idols, Tracy Anderson, launched her new rebounder and dvd and I was sold. Here are the hard facts about using a rebounder for fitness.
1) It’s easy on the joints. A very good alternative for those suffering with sports related injuries.
2) It’s detoxifying. Jumping up and down stimulates the lymphatic drainage system.
3) It’s affordable. You can buy a rebounder for as little as $40.
4) It’s a fabulous way to burn calories. Studies show that jumping on a trampoline burns 20% more calories than jogging at 5 miles per hour. And one expert states that six minutes on the rebounder can equal one mile of jogging. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather jump around than run!
Rebounder classes are popping up all over the country. This is from a class featured on That’s Fit
Now, let me share my experience with you. I purchased the rebounder and dvd from Tracy Anderson and received it within a week (they are now heavily back ordered). It was super easy to put together. All I had to do was screw on the legs and put the cover over the springs. The rebounder is fabulous. Very good quality, lots of bounce, and a decent surface size. The dvd is not my favorite. She just kind of starts. There is no explanation, no breaking it down. You’re just supposed to follow along but she is very fast and it got really confusing. And the worst part is the music. I do not dig house music (or techno or whatever it is). So, what I’ve done is come up with my own little workout. I’ve taken a lot of the moves from her, plus added parts from class videos I’ve watched on you tube and created my own playlist. So now I have a 60 minute dance party on my mini-tramp! It’s super fun, but very hard. I definitely feel it the next day. I just have fun and get crazy and dance and bounce to the music. Pure joy!
Tracy Anderson Rebounder $70
both available at Tracy Anderson Method
Now, let me share my results with you. I started using the My Fitness Pal app on my iPad to track my food and exercise (a terrific app and they also have a website). Monday-Wednesday I worked out 360 minutes doing hills on the treadmill, going for walks, using my rebounder, and mowing the lawn (which burns a lot of calories). That’s a total of 1700 calories burned in 3 days! And, I was under my allotted caloric intake budget every day. I have lost 3 pounds, and while I know that’s probably all water weight, it was still nice to see that needle move down on the scale. And most importantly, I had fun!! I would highly recommend getting a rebounder, or at least play like a kid. You’ll burn many calories and feel amazing.