Known as the “silent killer,” stress affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. But it’s not the small bouts of stress that are seriously detrimental to the body – it’s the chronic, ongoing stress that leads to a number of health issues.
While you’ve probably heard that activities like yoga, meditation and deep-breathing exercises can help lower stress, what you may not know is that rebounding can have the same effects. Yes, that fun mini trampoline you have in your bedroom or basement can actually help you get through those stressful moments in your life.
How Does Chronic Stress Affect the Body?
When stress sets in, one of the first things your body does is tighten up. Muscle tension isn’t just a side effect of stress – there’s a reason for this reaction. Those tense muscles are preparing to protect the body from pain and injury.
In life-threatening situations, this type of muscle tension can be lifesaving. But with chronic stress, prolonged muscle tension can lead to other issues, like migraine headaches and tension headaches caused by tight muscles in the neck, shoulder and head. Some people also develop chronic pain.
Stress also impacts the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. In stressful situations, you breathe harder, which can be problematic for people with asthma or lung disease. It can also lead to hyperventilation, which can bring on panic attacks.
Prolonged stress can also takes a toll on the heart, leading to heart disease, hypertension or stroke.
Stress also causes your reproductive and digestive functions to change. When you’re in fight or flight mode, these processes become far less important. But over a prolonged period of time, digestion and reproductive function (two key important things to a healthy body) start to suffer.
How Can Rebounding Help You Deal with Stress?
Rebounding has a number of benefits, including weight loss and improved blood flow, but it can also help you deal with stress in a healthier way. Here’s how:
1. It Relaxes You
Yes, rebounding, a form of cardiovascular exercise, can actually help you relax. Yoga isn’t the only stress-busting exercise out there.
Aerobic exercise, like rebounding, actually reduces stress hormone levels in the body, including cortisol and adrenaline.
Lower levels of stress hormones will allow your body to return to its natural relaxed state and function optimally.
2. It Boosts Your Mood
Stress can lead to depression and anxiety over time. Rebounding can help counter this effect thanks to the feel-good chemicals released when you exercise.
Along with reducing levels of stress hormones in the body, rebounding can also cause the brain to release more endorphins. That rush of endorphins creates a “natural high,” which can best be described as heightened relaxation and positivity.
3. It Helps You Forget Your Troubles
Rebounding is fun, and fun activities have a way of helping us forget all of life’s troubles. Exercise in general keeps your body busy, which distracts the minds from your worries.
Worries and fears are two major contributors to stress. Much like meditation, putting these worries and negative thought aside during your rebounding session will help combat the effects of stress.
4. It Helps You Sleep Better
Stress disrupts the body’s natural sleep cycle, making it more difficult to fall and stay asleep. Higher levels of stress hormones keep the body in a constant state of fight or flight, which can eventually lead to insomnia.
Many people who are overly stressed complain that they simply aren’t getting a quality night of sleep – or any sleep at all.
Rebounding helps lower stress hormone levels and stimulates the release of feel-good chemicals, which helps the body relax. If performed later in the day, this form of exercise can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night.
It is also believed that exercising either early in the morning or in the late afternoon can actually reset your sleep wake cycle.
5. It Boosts Your Confidence
People who are in a constant state of stress have a tendency to overeat. The actual act of eating may help them relax, or the foods they’re eating may put them in a state of relaxation.
Eventually, overeating leads to weight gain, which can make depression worse.
Rebounding can help you lose weight while gaining more strength and flexibility, depending on the workouts you do. When you start seeing results, you naturally gain confidence. As your jumping skills improve, you’ll gain even more confidence.
Confidence in and of itself can be a stress killer because it eases fears or worries that you aren’t strong enough or capable enough to face the task at hand.
Millions of people around the world battle chronic stress every day. Rebounding can help lower stress hormone levels, release those feel-good brain chemicals, relax you, help you sleep better and boost your confidence. In just 30 minutes a day, rebounding can help you fight the bad effects of stress, leading to a healthier, happier you.