Exercise is one component of weight loss— it’s a scientific fact. But that doesn’t mean your only options are weight lifting or marathon running. One of our favorite Fat Flushing ways to move that bod is rebounding!
What is Rebounding?
Rebounding is a form of cardio exercise that stimulates the lymphatic system. The up-and-down jumping motion on the minitrampoline (known as a “rebounder”) parallels the way lymph nodes function, opening and closing vertically.
How Does This Impact Weight Loss?
Think of your lymphatic system as the body’s garbage disposal. It gathers and transports waste, bacteria, and other junk in your body. When the lymphatic system isn’t pumping properly, fluid accumulates around cells which can result in excess weight…and even cellulite! Your cells get a good squeeze from the bouncing, which helps move that stored waste out.
Rebounding is also one of the most versatile exercises! It can be done inside or outdoors, at any time of day, which means rebounding is an excuse-proof exercise. Do it in the living room while watching your favorite TV show, at work on your lunch break, in a tiny apartment or spare bedroom.
Check out our favorite little trampolines at ReboundAir and get movin’!
While You Work
When you’re at work, it’s likely that “exercise” is the last thing on your mind. But these few simple tricks can inject some active moments into your sedentary workday without disrupting your work routine.
- Keep a small cup for water instead of a big one. You’ll stand up more often for refills, plus trips to the bathroom.
- Get a live office plant instead of a fake one. Getting up to water it every so often will get the blood flowing after sitting down all day.
- Make friends with someone on another floor and visit them on your break instead of going to a nearby break-room.
- When you’re brainstorming, do it while walking instead of sitting down at your desk or conference table.
- Having a conference call? Put the meeting on speakerphone and pace around the office instead of sitting down.
When You Run Errands
While the task of running errands itself can be enough to get your blood pumping, here are a few simple ideas to make the most of it!
- If you’re just picking up a few items at the grocery store, carry a basket instead of setting them in a push-cart.
- Get off the bus or subway a few stops ahead of your own and walk the rest of the way instead of riding the entire time. (Or park your car a few blocks away from your destination, instead of right out front.)
- Have a few stops in one shopping center? Walk from store-to-store instead of driving.
- Loading shopping bags? Do a few bicep curls each time you pick up a bag instead of shoving them all in at once.
- Make a lap around the store before you start shopping instead of making a beeline straight for what’s on the list.
You don’t need any fancy sneakers, or a budget-breaking gym membership to get up and get moving! These little everyday substitutions can, believe it or not, make a difference in your overall health. Here are a few ideas to try while you’re at home:
- Stand up to change the channel instead of using a remote.
- After laundry is folded, take a few trips to put it away instead of one big trip.
- Talking on the phone? Walk around your house, yard, or neighborhood during the convo instead of sitting down.
- Walk to the mailbox instead of stopping the car on your way in the driveway.
- Cooking dinner? Turn on your favorite tunes and do some dancin’ instead of standing still or sitting down.
- Ask the paper-boy to leave your newspaper at the end of the driveway instead of by the front door.
- When tidying up the house, put things away in a few trips instead of one big one.
- Stand up while doing your hair, makeup, shaving, etc. instead of sitting down.
- Wash your dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher.
- Give your dog a bath instead of paying someone else to do it.
- Leave your phone in one location instead of carrying it around with you, so when you need it, you’ll have to go get it.
- When you order take out, go get it instead of getting it delivered.
- When cooking or baking, forget the electric mixer and mix by hand instead.
- Reorganize your closet/pantry, etc.
- Do seasonal yardwork instead of hiring someone else to do it. (Rake leaves, shovel snow, water grass, pull weeds)
- Preset the sleeptimer on your TV to turn off after a while to remind you to get up and do something instead of sitting for hours.
- Instead of sitting and reading, listen to an audio book and go for a walk or do house chores or gardening.
- Keep a mini-trampoline/rebounder behind the couch and pull it out while you’re watching your favorite movie instead of sitting for a few hours straight.
- Wash your car by hand instead of driving it through the car wash.
- Put items you use a lot on a top or bottom shelf, instead of within easy reach, so you’ll have to bend and stretch to get them.