review any information that you receive on-line with your personal medical care
provider. Some of my recommendations may not be appropriate in all situations,
and are not intended as a substitute for treatment, or services ordinarily
provided by health care professionals, for physiological or psychological
How Much ceiling height do I
need to rebound safely indoors?
am often asked how much ceiling height is required for rebounding on a mini
trampoline inside. As a rough guide, to assess appropriate ceiling height in
your case, imagine you are standing on your mini trampoline, indoors.
If you allow 8 inches for the legs of the
rebounder, you would require approximately 8 inches from your head to ceiling.
In total about 15 to 20 inches above your head when you are standing on the
floor should be quite enough space for Starbound skill development and general
rebound aerobic exercises.
Bouncing on a mini trampoline in Starbound rebound aerobics sessions is not
about leaping high into the air - rather using the mini trampoline mat as a
pulsing base from which all other rebounding skills and techniques unfold.
Your feet usually clear the mat, at between a height of half an inch to no
more than three inches. Children jump for joy, and jump high!
My balance is not very good. Am I
likely to fall off the rebounder?
I haven't met anyone who has actually not maintained
balance on the mini trampoline, even if they have been very unstable on their
feet. Exercising on a rebounder actually trains your balance and helps establish
better patterns of co-ordination and kinesthetic awareness.
However I advise
anybody who lacks confidence with balance to
use a support bar when commencing mini trampoline programmes,
at least initially. Support bars not only help with balance, but enable you
to focus more comfortably on posture, performance, and most importantly -
What is Rebounding Aerobics?
Rebounding on a mini trampoline involves performing a variety of rebounding
techniques on the surface of the rebounder mat.
Rebounding is considered an aerobic form of exercise.
Starbounds system of rebound aerobics involves using the mini trampoline with
five zones of the Starbound Workout -
5 Star Fitness - with a BOUNCE!!!
It is not just about bouncing on the mini trampoline, - but rather using the
mini trampoline to maximum advantage to establish a well-rounded fitness
programme. Starbounds approach to rebound aerobics involves a great system of
bouncing exercises from beginners to advanced, along with great routines for
developing and maintaining mobility, flexibility, and top body conditioning.
Who Can Bounce?
everybody can enjoy rebounding exercise. Dr. James White, researcher at the
physical education research laboratory of UC San Diego and the author of "Jump
for Joy" (Arco Publishing 1984) found that 93% of the patients that received
recuperative assistance at his facility (the total number being 2300 individuals
over a 7 year period) were able to incorporate rebounding into their rehab
programs - with excellent results.
If you have reason to suspect that you may be
one of the few who would not benefit from bouncing especially if you are
recuperating from an illness or injury - please check with your physician before
starting a rebounding program.
the Best Time to Bounce?
You can 'health
bounce' anytime you feel like it:
As soon as you get out of
bed in the morning
About 10 minutes before a
meal to help curb your appetite
If you feel tense or anxious
- bounce into a better frame of mind
Whenever you need to
replenish your energy
To refresh mind and eyes
after staring at a computer screen for too long
Instead of being a couch
potato while you watch TV
While you're chatting on the
Aerobic and strength bouncing
like any strenuous exercise should be done on a fairly empty stomach. So do your
10 to 40 minute workouts just before breakfast or lunch or dinner or a few hours
after a meal.
Where Should You
Find a space in your home where
the rebounder will have a few feet of open area around it - preferably where you
can keep it set up. If it is visible and easily accessible then you will be
much more likely to use it regularly. An ideal location would be in front of a
TV/VCR and close to to a source of music.